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A Wealth of Wisdom  Insights & resources to enrich your mind & improve your life. Created by Ruben Chavez, host of the #ThinkGrowPodcast & writer at ThinkGrowProsper.com

In today’s world, we have so much information at our fingertips, it’s easy to feel like we know things. But there’s a difference between understanding something and just feeling like we do. This is sometimes called “the illusion of competence.”
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What’s the point of reading a bunch of books if you don’t absorb the knowledge? The truth is, we can’t recall most of what we consume on a daily basis. So how can we learn more effectively?
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I just released a podcast episode: 4 Keys To Remembering What You Learn. These are the most important principles and strategies I’ve distilled from a variety of sources over the years. They have helped me remember more of what I learn. I hope they help you too.
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You can listen to the episode on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Just search: “Think Grow Podcast.” Or check the link in my bio 👆🏽

What are some habits you live by? For the past few months I’ve been organizing and clarifying a detailed version of my personal life philosophy. Also developing a framework with which to explain it. I’m excited to share it with you...
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P.S. New podcast episode out tomorrow 🎙

You know who they are: The people who make you better. The people who see the greatness in you. The people who want to see you succeed. The people who are inspired, excited and grateful. Remember: You are the average of the people you spend the most time with.
#WorldMentalHealthDay

We often try to avoid obstacles but I’ve found that facing them is where the magic happens. By finding your own way out of the darkness, you also light the way for others. Obstacles are essential for our personal growth.
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Feeling stuck? Taking action on your obstacles will help you grow and move forward.
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Lacking meaning in your life? Overcoming your present challenges will give you a sense of purpose.
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Unsure what your next move should be? Move toward you obstacles. Identify a perceived disadvantage, then work on overcoming it.
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Not feeling creative? Facing your challenges head-on forces you to find innovative solutions that you otherwise might not have thought of.
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Overcoming my own challenges is where I've found the most meaning in my life and certainly where I've grown the most. Years ago, I was having trouble remembering certain self-development principles. This small obstacle inspired me to write down the concepts I was learning in clear, simple language so I could retain them better. This led to the creation of @thinkgrowprosper. Indeed, the obstacle IS the way.
—Ruben

It's easy to continually distract yourself with bigger goals, but it can be difficult to appreciate your life as it is right now. Don't fall into the trap of never being satisfied with what you have.
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This is an easy trap to fall into because for 99% of the time humans have existed on earth, being happy or content meant increased exposure to danger or death. We had to stay on our toes just to survive. And even though we're not being chased by saber tooth tigers anymore, that part of our brain hasn't changed much.
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Here’s a simple way to appreciate your life more: Instead of dwelling on what you don’t have, think of how you would feel if you lost what you do have.
—Ruben

[link in bio] This is one of my favorite quotes from my latest podcast episode with author, speaker and walking paraplegic @janine_shepherd. Janine was a cross-country skier training for the Olympics when a utility truck ran her over and crushed her body and her dreams. Nobody expected her to live, let alone walk but she did both...and more. We talk about dealing with adversity, how she manages her emotions, and her philosophy of “loving the hills.” Her core message: You are NOT your body. Link in bio 👆 #DEFIANT

New podcast episode is up. I speak with author, speaker, and walking paraplegic @Janine_Shepherd. Janine was a cross-country skier training for the Olympics when a utility truck ran her over and crushed her body and her dreams. Nobody expected her to live, let alone walk but she did both...and more. We talk about dealing with adversity, how she manages her emotions, and her philosophy of “loving the hills.” Her core message: You are NOT your body. Link in bio 👆 #DEFIANT

I go though times when I feel pressured to create something amazing every day. An insightful blog post. A groundbreaking podcast episode. A thought-provoking Instagram Story. The other day when I was in a particularly anxious mood and kind of beating myself up, my ever-supportive wife @banessaloya said this to me: “You don’t have to create a masterpiece every day. Some days you just need to paint.”
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Just thought I’d share this with you because it really helped put things in perspective for me. Chipping away at your craft every day is what gives you the skill set necessary to eventually create something great.
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And now, back to “painting.”

I’ve realized that the times in my life when I’ve felt stuck, unmotivated, or lost have been mostly when I stopped doing one or more things that were working for me. I failed to adhere to my tried and true principles.
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For the most part, it’s not that we don’t KNOW what to do, it’s that we don’t have a system in place to make sure we do it consistently. The best advice is useless if it’s not applied.
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The recipe for success is actually quite simple and boring: Apply the fundamentals day in and day out. But in order to do this effectively, you need to first identify the specific principles that work for you and live by them.
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Recently, I’ve been crystallizing the most useful strategies and principles from the past couple decades of my life and organizing them into a framework that will ensure I stick to them. Surprisingly, this project has completely changed my attitude toward personal development in a way I can’t quite articulate yet. Looking forward to sharing more with you soon...

One of my favorite books. Who’s read it? When I can’t sit down to read, I listen to audiobooks on @audible_com. It’s by far one of the best investments I’ve ever made in my education. Whether I’m driving, making food, or doing house chores, #Audible makes it easy to feed my mind good stuff on a daily basis. Check the link in my bio to get a free 30-day trial. You even get a free audiobook when you sign up! #sponsored

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One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite books. Can you name it? Hint: #FollowYourPersonalLegend

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