It’s one thing to put bread and wine away in a store room and another to eat them
Epictetus makes the point that eating bread and wine gets used and absorbed by the body whereas just leaving on the shelves does nothing until eaten and compares it to philosophy (and other studies)
What is the point in study if all you are going to leave what you learnt on the shelves to gather dust
When we study or even get an insite from a film or book we must use it and embody it
Otherwise what’s the point
To say you know something and maybe impress someone
When we embody something we have learnt we improve our lives and the time we spent studying was not wasted
Embody your studies
I read over 60 books last year, some were fiction for a change but the rest were personal development type of books.
I also did a few courses…
The year before I read over 40 (can’t remember the exact amount)
And guess how much of this information I had applied…
Information is useless if we don’t apply it.
It just goes into the back burner and then forgotten.
What a waste.
So today’s principle is to apply something you learn everyday.
It’s simple really so I as well as you need to apply it.
(I’ve already slowed down my reading this year so I can apply more and be more productive.)
The only way to learn is to live
– The midnight library
We’re going to make mistakes
We’re never going to get to right the first time
Or the second
Or the third
But just because we messed up doesn’t mean we can sit around and do nothing
We messed up and we’re going to do it again
Because that is life and that is how we learn
We don’t become virtuous by reading Epictetus or Seneca, We need to practice – Massimo Pigliucci
Practice, Practice, Practice that’s all we’re doing, all day every day,
The question is what are you practising?
Are you practising what you said you would or are you practising talking or quitting…
Talking about how you’re going to do this and how your going to do that Or quitting this because it didn’t work the first time
Jerry Seinfeld was booed off stage the first time he performed, did he quit… no, He practised
They are the lively hood of any tech gadget, any video game and anything in the digital world.
Operating systems are always changing, improving and innovating, That’s why you probably throw out your phone every 12-18 months to upgrade it for the fancier version…
If a tech company introduced a new device with a poor operating system that was difficult to use the company would go bust, Becuase nobody wants a poor slow device…
Yet we function on an operating system too and most often in today’s day and ages our Operating systems are far from supersmooth and reliable,
Yet even me whos writing this at this moment in time I have a dull aching pain running from my hip to part of my lower back because I have neglected to improve or fix the glitch in my operating system.
The question is
Why are we quick to improve our gadgets but not ourselves?
Why are we quick to offer other people advice on how to improve theirs but we don’t follow our own advise?