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Key Strategies For Scaling Up From Day One

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Two Powerful Strategies to Live Better and Be More Productive

When I think about strategies for better living, I consider the rule of E: efficiency, effectiveness, and essentialism. Recently, I’ve been on a kick about cultivating deep focus. In the age of social media and modern technology, we’ve lost the ability to focus. Which is why I’ve made it my aim to be more mindful. “Mindfulness” is a hot topic these days, and while more and more people are reading about it, it’s popularity has paradoxically rendered it devoid of meaning. Tim Ferriss defines “mindfulness” as a present-state awareness that helps you to be non-reactive. That’s a good definition, so let’s go with it. Being non-reactive is essential for deep focus in a world in which we’re constantly beleaguered by inputs that distract us, sap our mental energy, and decrease our intellectual output. Speaking of focus and intellectual output, I’ve also been on a pretty big reading kick recently. A world class expert will work for 30 years to figure something out, completely devoting her entire life to one particular question — and you can get all of her knowledge on that subject in a 200 page book that can be read in a weekend. And all for $10-$15. Pretty good deal.   That is, of course, IF you can focus! Which brings us full circle back to mindfulness. If you want to read a lot, you have to cultivate “a present state awareness that helps you be non-reactive” so that you can actually pay attention to the lines on the page and not your iPhone.   I do not view reading as a leisure activity. It’s serious work—deep work crucial to the success of my business—and it takes effort. Recently, I’ve committed to two practices that have synergistically helped me focus more deeply (effective), read more efficiently, and be more mindful (essential). Short-Term Skill: How to 2x your reading speed   Here’s how you get a LOT of reading done very quickly. Buy the regular book (hardcover or paperback) and then get the unabridged audio version on Audible. Sit down, open the physical book and simultaneously crank the speed…

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