Trade Facebook for Books

Addictive behaviors can be either constructive or destructive and today’s article asks the question, “What would happen if you traded one behavior for another?”

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Most of us have addictive behaviors. For a lot of us reading these articles, we share an addictive behavior, which is the thirst for new information. We cannot live without new knowledge, new information, and new ideas. Personally, if I were unable to have access to new ideas and new information, I would go crazy.

In a previous article, I wrote about someone I know who forced himself to quit Facebook cold turkey. For him, it was a destructive behavior that cost him a lot of important stuff in his life. For a lot of us, Facebook is destructive, but it feeds our addictive behavior of wanting new information.

We want to learn something new, so we go to Facebook and we think we learn. And we do learn things when we visit Facebook, we do get new information, but it is destructive and overall bad stuff. If you think it is not, your mind is just playing tricks on you.

Now, imagine you were to feed the same addictive behavior with a different source. If you spend two hours a day on Facebook, which really is not that much, what would happen if instead, you read a book for two hours a day? What would happen with your life, how much wiser and more productive would you be? How would it make you feel?

This may seem like a small thing, but it could be a total game-changer. As entrepreneurs, we have addictive behaviors and it just depends on how you feed that behavior, either with constructive or destructive sources. If you were to trade your time spent on Facebook with time reading books, what would change for you?

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  • 30 April 2015
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