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Full Responsibility

One of the more helpful habits I've developed is taking responsibility for everything in my life. This is a strong contrast to the average victim / "things happen to me" mentality that a lot of people have.

Basically I assume that anything "bad" that happens in my life is a direct result of actions I took. If I lose money in the stock market I don't think, "Oh man... I'm so unlucky... the stocks went down."

Instead I think, "I bought those stocks and I lost money because of a decision I made."

Habits are Bullshit

On Mental Models

I'm reading The One Thing by Keller right now. It's a little too pop-science and a little to fluffy rah-rah speech, but I do like many of the themes. However, there is this ridiculous chapter on habits.

You've read those self-help blogs that promise you that any habit will be forever ingrained into your personality if only you keep it up for 21 days? Fight for three weeks, and you'll never have to fight again! It'll be so easy!

Bullshit, says The One Thing. It's actually 66 days.

Wait, what?

There's of course the one anecdotal example, this time it's Michael Phelps. Michael Phelps swam 365 days a year ever since his 14th birthday. He is very good at swimming. Therefore, habits are true!

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