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Information ad infinitum

The wealth of online information is both a blessing and a curse. Humans have a drive to gain knowledge like we have a drive to eat. If you spend too much time eating you get fat. If you spend too much time consuming information what happens?

Nothing happens.

You’ll sit at your computer and get fat.
I know, its happened to me while I studied.

Information only has value to your life if there’s an action associated with it. Information devoid of action is useless.

I recently closed my Facebook account to avoid distraction while I finished my degree. I thought it was a big deal and I thought I would miss it.

You can become addicted to information. Information these days is cheap.

There is information worth knowing and information that isn’t. Consuming hours of sterile information like a Facebook news feed is the intellectual version of eating a whole bag of Doritos.

99% of information you get from social media is useless. Do you remember what you read on your news feed yesterday? Or was it just filling a hole.

If you learn something, but never execute on it, it only exists in your head – it doesn’t actually exist in the tangible world. If you went every day of your life learning but never doing, you would end up with nothing.

I’ve just spent 6 years at university. That will all be a waste if I don’t start doing. Which is a whole lot harder.

It’s far too easy to sit at a computer and pretend cheap information has value.

Red Pill Porn

There is amongst the “no fap” movement a realization that the longer one watches internet porn unrestrained, one ends up progressively seeking more hard core, nasty scenes to get off.

I think there is also a parallel for self improvement.

To get motivated to do something, often a swift kick in the pants is needed. The kick can be a motivational blog post, youtube video, podcast etc by someone who’s already done it.

The feeling is good. You get pumped on the idea of achieving or doing something.

For some this is enough – they’re off.

Others don’t execute. They sink back into their unfulfilled life to consume more sterile information, searching for the next article to spike their emotion. Though like the porn, the next one has to be more raw to get the same kick. Eventually you reach a blog like Bold and Determined and read 30 Days of Discipline. If you read this and don’t execute, you probably never will. You’ll simply endure life until it’s over.

This is a scary realization.