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    • vunderkind
      Top reader this weekScoutScribe
      1 week ago

      "I see I have made myself a slave to Philosophy, but if I get free of Mr Linus's business I will resolutely bid adew to it eternally, excepting what I do for my privat satisfaction or leave to come out after me. For I see a man must either resolve to put out nothing new or become a slave to defend it."

      Adieu used to be spelled adew. Haha.

    • bartadamley
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      1 week ago

      You can't directly control where your thoughts drift. If you're controlling them, they're not drifting. But you can control them indirectly, by controlling what situations you let yourself get into. That has been the lesson for me: be careful what you let become critical to you. Try to get yourself into situations where the most urgent problems are ones you want to think about.

      Creating an environment in which you are able to focus on the problems that matter to you the most is critical to success, and it can be challenging to maintain this balance. However, the only way we can address this is by acting one step, one decision ans one action at a time!

    • deephdave
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      1 week ago

      I think most people have one top idea in their mind at any given time. That's the idea their thoughts will drift toward when they're allowed to drift freely. And this idea will thus tend to get all the benefit of that type of thinking, while others are starved of it. Which means it's a disaster to let the wrong idea become the top one in your mind.