Cut away the distractions to find the essential core.

We spend a lot of our time concentrating on the obvious details of a subject rather than the essential details. The essential core is not easily visible. But once you remove the distractions one by one and state what you see clearly and concisely, you will begin to slowly see the invisible.


  1. Select a specific subject area that you want to learn about.
    You can even perform this exercise on your own character. Break down your character into the parts that you think give you your real identity.
  2. Examine individual components of that subject area.
    Ask yourself if each part is absolutely necessary to understand the subject. If yes, keep it. If no, eliminate it.
  3. As you strip away unimportant extensions of the material, you will be left with a set of the subject’s essential elements.
    Now, spend all your energy focusing on mastering this essential core of the subject. It's this part that will support your entire knowledge structure and be the basis of your understanding.


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