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Learning is the result of effort, not consumption.

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What's your input to output ratio?



Learning is the result of effort, not consumption.

It feels productive to ingest information and unproductive to spend time digesting it. But a body that doesn't digest is malnourished and a mind that doesn't process its input is starved.

Slow down and don't consume everything.

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Anything worth doing is worth doing badly, so start by doing it badly.” - Jordan Peterson



Counter your consumption with deliberate practice.

Over the course of a few days, tally up the number of hours you spend consuming information vs practicing.


  • Watched 1 hour of a video course and spent 30 minutes coding.
  • Spent 2 hours on social media and 1 hour working on setting up a lab environment.
  • Read for 30 minutes and spent 1 hour writing notes.

Review the data and identify a single goal you’d like to achieve.

Take that goal and craft a habit of daily deliberate practice.

Sustain your new practice by measuring your output.

  • (Reading) number of pages read
  • (Writing) number of permanent notes written
  • (Coding) number of lines written

All these numbers are arbitrary, their only purpose is to prove you put in the work.

Continuously improve through feedback.

It's nearly impossible to observe yourself while you practice, so you’ll have to depend on others for feedback and the most qualified to do so is a coach.

An alternative to a coach is to practice in public.

Your feedback may vary, but it’s free and can lead to interesting opportunities.

If you really want to become good at your craft, do both.

Until next time,

Josh Duffney

Recommended Reading: The Beginner’s Guide to Deliberate Practice