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Chapter 10. Make the Power of Habit Work... > Pay Attention to What You Pay Attent...

Pay Attention to What You Pay Attention to

Hundreds of television channels, shelves full of magazines, daily newspapers, thousands of web sites, stores full of videos, radio talk shows, music programs, and news broadcasts. Classes offered at work, in hotel meeting rooms, at local schools, the Y, and even at bookstores. New technology being introduced every day, updated versions of software replacing earlier versions that you haven’t mastered yet. It gets down to this: you have only so much time and so much attention to spend in a day, a week, a life. In a very real way, what you pay attention to is what you learn, and, to a certain extent, what you become.

Time and attention are the two most limited resources of modern life, and lifelong learners must use them wisely. If you make bad decisions about how to spend your time and attention, there’s no way to replace them. There is nothing wrong with watching a TV show just to be entertained, reading a novel just for fun or staying up all night “surfing” the Net with no real plan. Every once in a while, significant learning can even happen that way. Real entertainment or recreation can have a significant learning value of its own; truly enjoying something can be as important to a balanced life as learning something new. But watching a rerun you’ve seen twice before? Reading a dozen books in which nothing changes but the names? Browsing the Web and looking at unimportant sites like “Dave’s Home Page” featuring his personal collection of beer cans?


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