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How to be a knowledge athlete

Congratulations. You made it through the chapter about Health in which we discussed the three pillars of health — physical exercise, nutrition, and regimen.

Among concepts I have shared, there are some that have resonated with you, however, some might have evoked a strong objection. Please, do not judge me harshly. I hope that at least the ideas you’ve disagreed with were thought-provoking.

In this concluding section of the chapter, I want to share a mindset that will help you make the most out of this book.

For a moment, let’s consider the way athletes think about their performance. The best of them are restless seekers constantly searching for new methods to better themselves. I encourage you to reapply the same athletic mindset to the process of learning anything both in your life and from this book.

Become a “knowledge athlete”.

#1. Deploy a mindset of constant improvement.

Athletes know that 80 percent of success in sport is a strong inner game. A robust unshakable mind is what sets the difference between a person who is willing to harness his own nature and a person who lets nature run its course. Stay playful on the playground of life but find things that are worth taking seriously. Develop your philosophy of excellence and polish it to perfection. Find a time slot for a challenge in your busy daily schedule and be brutal toward yourself when this time arrives. This is how the records are set and beaten.

#2. Embrace the never-ending transformation.

Your organism is a process. Your mind is a process. You are a process — a constant never-ending continuous flow. You become what you expose your mind to so be selective. But at the same time, be open to the new knowledge, let it in, welcome it. And remember, nothing is true until you have proven it through your personal experience.

#3. Be effective. Be efficient.

Being effective means doing the right things. Being efficient means doing the right things the right way. Control two parameters of your performance — what you do and how you do it. A man thrives when wisely chosen activities meet relentless execution.

#4. Iterate.

Monitor your progress, thoroughly assess your results, constantly observe what does work in your life and what doesn’t. Make regular iterations of your biorhythms, lifestyle, habits, beliefs, and life philosophy. Keep what’s useful and get rid of the redundant.

If athletes say: “every workout makes you stronger”, then knowledge athletes must say: “every experience has a value”.

Oftentimes, we find it hard to perceive a negative experience as a form of knowledge while we are living through it, nonetheless, it remains as such and the obviousness of it eventually reveals itself once we are ready to learn. Any experience is a form of knowledge. Life proves that by putting us in situations that compel us to summon the knowledge we once deemed useless. It does so so that we could iterate our choices and actions re-emerging as better beings.

#5. Enjoy the ride.

“With few exceptions, the best players are the hardest workers.”
~ Magic Johnson.

Athletes work hard but have fun. Likewise, find a balance between these two complementary aspects of existence.

Be ruthless toward yourself, drop meaningless excuses, and do not take it easy when it is time to work on yourself. However, be playful, stay light, and don’t take yourself too seriously. When the pain reaches its peak keep pushing yet welcome the pain with a wide smile. A grind to a dream is itself a great blessing. Many are deprived even of a physical ability to get themselves into the grind. Remember that.

Life is a game. The years of training and figuring out how to get better at it are hard but the moments you score your goals are priceless. Be a knowledge athlete. Work smart, play smart.

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