28.08.2015 18:47
Day 84: Consumption vs creation

(пример с учёбой может быть не понят - т.к. на западах система отличается от нашей, больше самостоятельной работы в виде эссе и исследований. Да и вообще он не очень релевантен, кроме как для автора - я бы выкусил его нафиг)

Since the next week is dedicated entirely to training this is the post about how we spend our free time.

I had been able to successfully graduate from high school and got into college, there was no workout, I had little free time and did not fare well in college. When I was in my second year in college, I got into some trouble with studying. Although I could do well as an average student, it was getting more and more clear that I needed to fill gaps in fundumental knowledge and other areas that we were taught in.

Let’s digress a little. I think that studying in college is quite simple. All you need to learn all the answers to all the questions you are asked during exams. That is it. If an exam is in form of questions (in 90% of cases it is true) all you need is the answers and this task is not that hard. I would say that publishing exam questions long ahead of the exam is a carte blanche for students. I do not understand why so many ignore it.

Now getting back from the digression. I got dumbbells as a present and used them for a little while until I injured my elbow and read a book by John Adair ????? (точное название книги из его библиографии?). About the same time I read that IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad likes to split his whole day into small periods of time to increase his efficiency. Literally it sounds like this:

Time is your most important resource. You can do so much in ten minutes. Ten minutes, once gone, are gone for good. Ten minutes are not just one-sixth of your hourly pay. Ten minutes are a piece of yourself. Divide your life into ten-minute units and sacrifice as few of them as possible in meaningless activity. Most things still remain to be done.

I got hooked on that idea. I thought that 10 minutes is too small a piece and decided to break my day into 1-hour periods and even bought a timer that looked like a chicken (probably in IKEA). Thus I was aable to control my activities and change them every hour. My major goal was to catch up with my fellow students and I was switching between different subjects I had to study. It looked like this:

1 hour: a book on psycology
1 hour: training
1 hour: rest
1 hour: a book on econometrics

Those days I did not spend much time on entertainment and other diversions, did not mingle with people. I was able to concentrate on my major task.

The whole text above is only an introduction to today’s infopost. After spending some time I got to the idea that I was only consuming that had been done before and not creating anything for other people. I was thunderstruck. I understood that I have not only to consume but to create. When I am talking about creation I am not talking about global things, I am talking about small things we are able to do ourselves. It is easier to them in the areas you really like and the only issue is to find out what you really like. The most simple way is to create information, to create a blog, for example. If you are interested in electronics and can build a boombox make a post about it. You can be quite surprised to learn how many people on the Internet share the same interests and look for this kind of information. If you like to play all the new games at Google play or AppStore you can start writing reviews which might help others to make their choice.

I want to tell you that we live in times when you can drown in information wave and, on the other hand, it is hard to find really useful and relevant information. Just look at the number of fitness sites and gurus with their advice and programmes. How many of them are really useful?

Грамматика тут: “более того” - ни к чему не прикреплено из ранее сказаного!

Более того, сложившаяся ситуация уже предоставляет ….

However, this situation provides great opportunities for creating content, not just for consumtion of it. In the early days of the Internet the only way for to create a site and wait until first users stamble upon it. Social networking turns everything upside down. People learn about interesting things in a blink of an eye. Another example: Istagram + love of cooking = cooking blog with recipes. What if you are a chef deep down inside?

The nature of man is to create. Creative effort made thhuman being and we live in the world with everything in it created by efforts of other people. The world is not perfect and has innumerable issues but it is better than it has been and its issues are just challenges and probably they are challenges for you.

P.S. It is said that the best to understand something is to try to explain it to others. Believe me this is true.
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