Intelligence Intensification/The Theoretician Versus the Practician
In periods I'm a striking theoretician. I think about a lot of interesting things and new ideas pops up in my mind all the time. But nothing gets done. That's the problem of the theoretician. Knowing that one is a typical theoretician, one has better chances to counteract.
The typical situation is that one buys a book or reads a text about something interesting. Instead of putting everything into practice one contents oneself with reading the exercises (if there are any) and thinking about the content. One may actually feel that one really learnt something and that the reading gave lots of insights. Imagine how many insights you would get if you tried everything you read about in physical reality (whatever that is).
Another problem associated with books is that authors often wants to write hundreds of pages about a theory which very well could be explained in ten pages. In general, all an intelligent reader needs is the essence of a theory. Everything else is evident when the essence is understood. In fact, many books explains so many unnecessary details that the essence is never understood. That is the problem of the theoretician. He spends time reading about details which soon becomes obvious for anyone who put the ideas to use. Whenever you, the reader, feels a section in this book doesn't break down to the essence of the subject, please use the possiblity to discuss a page in order to make the active contributors of this book aware of the problem.
The Virtue of Discipline
The only way to solve the problem of putting things into practice that I can think of is discipline. Maintaining discipline is crucial when one must overcome the psychological barrier that so often appears when one wants to learn something or do something creative. Discipline can be practiced in various ways, the reader can probably invent his own methods. You are your best teacher. That is why you should only read this book to inspire your own thinking and practice.
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