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In Pursuit of Happiness – Day 212

On to learning habits, and more specifically, “Habit” by William James

“We must be careful not to give the will so stiff a task as to insure its defeat at the very outset; but, provided one can stand it, a sharp period of suffering, and then a free time, is the best thing to aim at, whether in giving up a habit like that of opium, or in simply changing one’s hours of rising or of work.”

Be careful not to give the will so stiff a task as to insure its defeat at the very outset.

What has to happen in order to not give the will so stiff a task as to insure its defeat at the very outset?

– Set up small successes and build upon them.

Aim at a sharp period of suffering, and then a free time, whether in giving up a habit like that of opium, or in simply changing one’s hours of rising or of work.

– A habit like that of opium is something negative, an undesirable habit, an unwanted habit to break.

– Changing one’s hours of rising or of work is something positive.

On to the “Art of Taking Action: Lessons from Japanese Psychology”

Have clarity of purpose when dealing with boredom.

– Have clarity of purpose when dealing with boredom during studying.

Understand why your project is worth doing.

On to “Help! For Writers”.

“STEP SIX — Assessing Your Progress”

“16 — I’m slow and miss my deadlines.”

“Establish a set of earlier artificial deadlines.”

“Any deadline you establish for yourself will be more helpful than one imposed upon by an editor, publisher, or teacher.”

Establish a deadline for yourself than one imposed upon.

On to learning SEO and more specifically, “The Beginner’s Guide to SEO“.

“Crafting Content

For search engine success

“Develop great content” may be the most oft-repeated suggestion in the SEO world. Despite its clichéd status, though, this is sound advice. Appealing, useful content is crucial to search engine optimization. Every search performed at the engines comes with an intent—to find, learn, solve, buy, fix, treat, or understand. Search engines place web pages in their results in order to satisfy that intent in the best possible way. Crafting fulfilling, thorough content that addresses searchers’ needs improved your chance to earn top rankings.”

Develop great content.

– What has to happen in order to develop great content?

Presupposes “to find” is an intent of a search performed at the engines.

Presupposes “to learn” is an intent of a search performed at the engines.

Presupposes “to solve” is an intent of a search performed at the engines.

Presupposes “to buy” is an intent of a search performed at the engines.

Presupposes “to fix” is an intent of a search performed at the engines.

Presupposes “to treat” is an intent of a search performed at the engines.

Presupposes “to understand” is an intent of a search performed at the engines.

On to learning the Theory of Constraints and more specifically “The Logical Thinking Process.”

p. 131

“5. Improve the Logic of the Initial Clusters

• Entity existence: Is each statement a complete sentence, without embedded “if-then” relationships or compound ideas? Is each statement verifiable by some tangible evidence or testimony?

– Entity existence: Is the statement “I don’t have x” a complete sentence, without embedded “if-then” relationships or compound ideas? Is each statement verifiable by some tangible evidence or testimony?

– Yes.

On to learning expertise and more specifically, “The Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance”.

“CHAPTER 3 The Influence of Experience and Deliberate Practice on the Development of Superior Expert Performance”

“Reproducibly Superior Performance and Experience”

p. 689

“The Necessity of Domain-Specific Experience for Attaining Reproducibly Superior Performance”

“Finally, the most compelling evidence for the role of vast experience in expertise comes from investigators who have shown that, even for the most talented individuals, ten years of experience in a domain (ten-year rule) is necessary to become an expert (Bryan & Harter, 1899) and to win at an international level (Simon & Chase, 1973).”

What has to happen in order to have ten years of experience in a domain (ten-year rule) which are necessary to become an expert and to win at an international level?

– Determine what domain to become an expert in and win at an international level.

– Cf. Ideal deliberate practice day.

Learn from Dan.

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