Wise & Wealthy: Saying no to yourself and learning from the best

Welcome to Wise & Wealthy: A weekly newsletter full of proven ideas to become smarter and wealthier. I send this every Monday.

This is an extra edition, dedicated to tips for improving your productivity.

#43 – November 17, 2022

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Wise: Saying no (to yourself)

While there are many external distractions in our lives (our smartphones, the news, tv, and so forth), the biggest distraction is our mind.

Think about it. How often are you lost in thought? How often do you dwell on a single thought?

That’s why I believe it’s important to say no to yourself. When you notice your mind is craving particular things, become aware of them, and then shut them down.

Here’s one thing you can try today. When your mind is urging you to do something that’s bad for you, say no.

  • “I should buy a new iPhone!”
  • “Maybe I need to just binge-watch a tv show all weekend!”
  • “Shall I skip today’s workout?”

No, no, no. Your mind is constantly trying to find the path of least resistance and pleasure. The mind wants the easy way out. 

Say no and do what’s beneficial to you, which is often the opposite of what your mind craves.

Wealthy: Learning from the best

One reason we often procrastinate is that we don’t know where to start. Let’s say you want to train for a marathon or you want to start with investing.

How do you start? Most of us do some research on Google and we ask a few people in our environment. We rely on free information or advice from people who have never accomplished the thing you’re aiming for.

People who accomplish their goals usually learn from others who have already accomplished their goals.

The investor Warren Buffett learned from Benjamin Graham. The basketball player Jayson Tatum learned from Kobe Bryant.

When you learn from the best, you’re more likely to make progress. 

This is a common theme with many accomplished people. They stand on the shoulders of the great people that came before them.

One interesting thing

Here’s an interesting thing about winners. This is from Charles Duhigg’s book, The Power of Habit:

“Champions don’t do extraordinary things. They do ordinary things, but they do them without thinking, too fast for the other team to react. They follow the habits they’ve learned.”

When we form good habits and consistently execute them, it’s only a matter of time before we see the results in our lives.

Thanks for reading! I hope you found this edition of Wise & Wealthy useful.

All the best,


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