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Decent Self-Help Advice

I normally don't find articles like this terribly helpful: The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People. I tend to find the advice either blase or informed by a bad worldview ("You have to be a winner!").

But this one grabbed me. First, the title is subtly jarring, and I like that.

Second, the first habit uses a quote from Nassim Taleb. Not only that, but it's one of my favorite Taleb points: Newspapers suck, and the need to "stay informed" is futile and a poor substitute for true learning. Taleb quote: "To be completely cured of newspapers, spend a year reading the previous week's newspapers."

Third, it includes a quote from Marcus Aurelius and, again, it's one of my favorites: "How much time he saves who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks."

And overall, I find the piece has sound advice, at times even politically-incorrect, like when he tells people to stop whining that they're not advantaged white males. Overall, it's worth checking out, especially if you're concerned that you have any of these habits that might be holding you back.