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«you need a system. You need to understand how learning works, and how you can make best use of your time to make a difference.»
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Do the Real Thing
Success in most things boils down to a simple, but easily ignored distinction: do the real thing and stop doing fake alternatives instead.
«Nothing is often better than something.»
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