What can I start today that will benefit me for a lifetime?

Bra om att utveckla sig själv. Mitt förslag är att du skriver på tankesatt!

Answer by Santhosh Komaraju:

Every week day the time allocation goes something like this:

  • 8 hrs (at work / at school /at business)
  • 8 hrs (sleep)
  • 1 – 2 hrs (commute to work)
  • 1 hr (Dinner, Breakfast, lunch)
  • 1 hr Rest room activities all day long
  • 2 hrs (Miscellaneous activities / Family time )

As  you see whatever life style you are leading, 22 hours are now gone.  From remaining 2 hours, if you take 50% out, which is 1 hour. Dedicate just  this 1 hour completely for yourself. And when I say for yourself,  for  your inner self. No social websites, No internet, No cell phone use, No  Television. Cut out all these and just dedicate this 1 hour completely  for your inner self. Here is what you can do:

  1. Read a book / article.
  2. Write your thoughts or blog about anything you are interested in. I strongly suggest to share your posts regularly with like-minded people or communities as you write new ones to get healthy feedback and at the same time recieve new information. This further would give you a boost to progress towards healthy writing.
  3. If you have any hobby start working on personal home projects.
  4. Write personal journal (just something which indicates your daily experiences, dreams , life goals, ideas – no matter how small they are write it down)
  5. Get involved in some charitable work.
  6. Volunteer on any kind of activity online and offsite which might help anyone.
  7. Watch any documentary which is educational in nature.
  8. Do any kind of spiritual activity – Meditation, Yoga , Pranayama, Prayer etc.
  9. Just sit & Relax and introspect about your life.
  10. Do any physical activity – Exercise, Cardio, Play indoor/outdoor sport (not video games)                           

Most  important thing is that you do this just for yourself without any  expectations. Amazing things can come out with just this 1 hour of total  conscious efforts which you have not imagined prior. Hidden attributes  can come out, Never seen talents can come out from you. All because of  spending just 1 hour of your day's time. What you are doing here is  going deep inside yourself to see what's inside. And once you find it,  you bring it out and spend 1 hr of conscious efforts on it without any  expectations. Leave it to the destiny on what it might become in future.

What can I start today that will benefit me for a lifetime?

How can I come to like learning and reading instead of doing mindless things?

Hur man går från dataspelande till att läsa fler böcker.

Answer by Brandon Lee:

I wondered this for a very long time as a teenager, back when I regularly spent all-nighters gaming, and ironically, it was gaming that gave me the insight to overcome my psychological barriers.

Learning/reading are mentally demanding tasks and that's the main struggle, I remember thinking, "Man, I should really read instead of aimlessly burning the next 5 hours on the computer. Uhhhhh but that sounds like work… Hello computer!"

But then I noticed, whenever I encountered a new, balanced, and challenging game (Desktop TD — pictured below — and Gemcraft come to mind), my brain sharpened up, fully engaged, and became alert in order to beat that level/stage/wave.

I'd all of a sudden have this stubborn diligence to test and perfect my strategy, even if it took an hour to figure it out.

Where the heck did all that motivation and focus come from!? I reflected on that and noticed:

  1. There was a clear reward/benefit. Upgrades, advancing, and the ability to tackle the next level — progress feels good! Which led to
  2. A clear objective. Beat the level — it's obvious when I have/haven't made it, it's also encouraging when I know I'm getting very close!
  3. There was a sense of challenge — not a cakewalk (boring), but not impossible (discouraging)

And then I recollected on the reasons why I  had picked up books in the past and had read with a similar alertness, focus, and level of engagement:

  1. Often it was after someone told me what they were able to accomplish because of what they read the book (clear reward/benefit).
  2. And upon asking for more details, they would elaborate and break down the principles that fueled their accomplishments (clear objective).
  3. Often, the book was a topic I hadn't already mastered (so it wasn't too familiar or boring), but wasn't something I was completely clueless about (way above my head).

In other words, I needed to be able to understand, "Oh if I read this book, this is what I will get out of it and this is how it might affect me."

That's why I hate it when someone recommends me a book by simply saying "This book is good, you should read it." Uh. Why? Unless you're someone I'm studying or greatly admire, that recommendation means squat to me.

But if you tell me, "You should read this book, I was able to understand XYZ and  was able to accomplish A, B, and C because of it!! It's changed how I see in so many other ways." Holy crap, your book will jump up to the top (or near the top) of my list.

Here's a great example of what I just described:
Brandon Lee's answer to I'm 17. What books would you recommend to me to improve myself?

In my answer, each "nutshell" that I provided, I explain "this is what you will learn and this is how it's relevant to your life." And for a few of them, I linked to outlines in case my nutshell didn't suffice. You can compare and contrast my answer with all the other answers and see a distinct difference.

So all that to say, if you want to be more "motivated" to read a book, either read reviews that explain the basic takeaways, talk to someone who has read it, or try to find an outline of the book. Take the time understand what the book actually has to offer you, otherwise you'll just be left with the nagging feeling that you should be reading, but never actually do it.

How can I come to like learning and reading instead of doing mindless things?

What are some things that look easy but are difficult?


Answer by Chitrang Pandya:

1)Finding a job.
2)Getting out of a painful relationship.
3)forgetting those who gave you many things to remember.
4)forgiving someone you hate.
5)forgetting someone you love.
6)getting out of any kind of addiction.
7)Following someone else's advice.
8)Accepting the failure.
9)Being the first one to patch up after a long fight.
10)Accepting your failure and someone else's success.

What are some things that look easy but are difficult?

What is the most valuable skill a person can have for their entire life?

Answer by A Quora admin:

Self Discipline : The only skill you require to master any other skills or habits.

I always see people cribbing around saying that they are not that smart or strong to achieve what they want in life. The fact is that with self discipline and perseverance you can acquire any skill .

We all make resolutions throughout the year. Some of us want to get fit and go for a run at 5:00 in the morning while others want to get good at public speaking and networking. The only thing stopping us from completing all these resolutions is ourselves. An inner voice within us stops us from waking up early in the morning or meeting new people. If we have proper self discipline we can suppress this voice and live a life that is defined by our own rules.

I know it is very hard to master self discipline. But if you start today and take small steps you can have the ultimate power to control your mind and body.


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What is the most valuable skill a person can have for their entire life?

Why are good habits so hard to create?

Answer by A Quora admin:

Neuroplasticity. Neuroscientists have  discovered that the brain is plastic, meaning it’s malleable. It changes through our actions.

It’s nicer to think of your brain like a beautiful planet earth with a series of rivers, big and small.

When you do something a lot, say surfing  Reddit, it grooves a deep river in your brain. Click link, see interesting content. Action, reward. Action, reward. Action, reward. 1000’s of times. Deep river.

Eventually, repeated actions dig grooves in your brain that look like the Grand Canyon. Your strongest habits.

Deeper, more ingrained habits are more difficult to change. Imagine trying to change the Grand Canyon.

The best way to break a bad habit is to start a new habit. Each time you do that good action, say giving someone a compliment, you get a reward. Give compliment, feel happy. Action, reward. Action, reward. Action, reward.

The most effective people have Grand Canyons and Amazons and Tigris rivers of good actions. They easily do good actions because they are grooved into their brains.

Their rivers flow with wealth, happy relationships and good health.

Here’s a few good habits (or rivers) to start grooving:

1. Meditate daily (just 2 minutes for a start, have you tried Calm.com? It’s free and amazing.)

2. Floss daily. Easy and you’ll thank yourself 30 years from now.

3. Plan your work and work your plan daily. This’ll make you a success. Even if only plan one thing to do today to make you more successful, and then do that one thing you’re getting into the habit of taking action towards success.

May your rivers flow deep with goodness and gold.

Why are good habits so hard to create?

What can I do to read more books in short time?

Om hur viktigt det är att läsa.

Answer by A Quora admin:

1. Always have reading material with you.
Paper book, iBook, Kindle, whatever reading app you use….always have them with you. Make sure you can read offline.

I usually have a lot of books in my e-Reader app. I always have different books for different moods.

If you want to find free ebooks, many public libraries will let you sign out ebooks for free. Most people don't know this.
You can also get
Amazon.com: Kindle Unlimited – $9.99/month
Scribd – Read Unlimited Books: – $8.99/month
Oyster– $9.95/month

2. Read whenever you can
Whether it is just 2-3 minutes while you are waiting in line or an hour commute, every minute counts.

We waste a lot of time doing nothing. If you use the time to read instead, you will read a lot. I usually read a book in 2-3 days.

You can always listen to audio books in the car or while working. 

3. Have a reading hour
I am busy. If you want something bad enough, there will be a way to find time for it. Have an airplane mode (stole the term from Noah Kagan). Ignore everything and just read. If Bill Gates has time to read before bed time, you can find time too.

Note: It doesn't have to be an hour. It can be as little as 10-15 minutes a day. If you like, you can increase the time. Stick to it.

4.Learn to read slower.
A lot of people will tell you to learn speed reading. I don't like that strategy. The most important part of reading is not reading itself; it is thinking. Spend enough time to ask yourself great questions about the books and give it some thought.

At the end of the day, the purpose of reading is to acquire new knowledge. Not everything you read will be correct. Not everything you read will answer all your questions. Maybe you will need to read more. It is also important to have an action-oriented attitude. Ask yourself how are you going to apply the knowledge in real life.

It is pointless to read a lot and not apply the knowledge anywhere.
You will waste a lot of time going back and rereading the book if you don't think critically about it from the beginning.

Take your time and read the right way.

5. Learn to not finish a book
If you hate a book, forget it. Your time is too valuable to read bad books. Move on and read a new book.

Maybe in the future, you can come read it again and will like it.

I usually read 5-6 books at the same time.

6. Get Blinkist

This is my favorite new reading app. Its cost is about the same as my Starbucks drink but the value is priceless.

Get the key insights from nonfiction books presented in 15mins each

It is the modern day Cole Notes for non-fiction. If I am too lazy to read or reread a book, this is perfect. A lot of time after reading the Blinkist version, I decided to grab the real book.

Drink one less coffee from Starbucks a month and get a subscription.
Blinkist: Serving curious minds.

They just added audio. Another reason for me to love them more.

A few weeks ago, I just sent my partner on a business trip with a Blinkist reading list. It is as part of our corporate culture to encourage everyone to read more. Blinkist is part of our  KwinMedia Library.

15 minutes a day, 1 Blinkist book, a lot of new knowledge.

What can I do to read more books in short time?

What are small changes you’ve made resulting in a big difference in your life?

Answer by A Quora admin:

I exchanged my smartphone for a feature phone with my Grandpa.

Until a year ago, I was like many, a smartphone fanatic, crazy about Android and apps; how life will be very easy. I owned a Samsung Galaxy Ace, and I was in my sophomore year in college.

During my vacations I was having a regular chat with grandpa whom I was trying to convince to buy a good phone (probably a smartphone) since his feature phone was a year old at that time. He on the other hand started thinking about it, and I left it there. A couple of days later, out of the blue, I thought about exchanging my smartphone (which was in good condition) for his feature phone (a Nokia). He did not have any objections apart from surprising look he gave me for my rather out-of-character-sort-of decision.

Before completing the official exchange with witnesses (my sister and parents), I checked his Nokia phone for any damage. Apart from minor scratches it was an absolute tank.

This is the phone.

The Nokia beast.

How has my life changed?

This phone is ideal for a person who wants quiet and peace in his/her life. A very good phone for checking the time and date.

I have stopped checking Facebook and Twitter notifications and the neck is more straight. I charge my phone once a week. Whenever I feel stressed or bored I play the built-in Sudoku game which frankly relaxes me great deal.

I started interacting with people directly rather than WhatsApp.

I listen to people when they talk instead of fiddling with my phone.

But it does not end here.

How has my Granpa’s life changed?

Being by himself for most part of the day he plays some of the games I installed for him, and he loves it. Plus he has started accessing the news and sometimes stays more updated than me. He merrily takes photos and videos of his other grandchildren (my cousins) who are still toddlers whenever he meets them.

Overall it’s win-win.

What are small changes you’ve made resulting in a big difference in your life?