On standards

Lower your standards and keep learning. In the ongoing battle of perfectionism, I’ve seen that you prevent yourself from learning because you don’t think that the time is ripe. For example, if you’re on the train or driving your car, you would rather listen to music than to a book because you’re not as attentive as you would like to be. Though it’s true that you could be more focused on the content you want to consume, you’re also using it as an excuse not to learn at all. If you only retain 10% of what you hear while reading an audiobook when you are driving versus 20% of what you hear when you are focused on the task, what difference does it make? If you don’t read at all, you will retain 0%—a horrible step down from both of those figures.