Too Much of a Good Thing

“Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

Albert Einstein

Have you ever enjoyed something too much?

I’m not talking about the bad things we enjoy. Too much of a bad thing is easy. ‘Bad’ in this case, I mean unhealthy when taken to the extreme. (Alcohol for example, which is fun socially, sure, but terrible for your health and sleep, to say the least.)

But what about too much of a good thing?

If I won the lottery tomorrow and didn’t have to work, I’d probably spend all my time reading. But is that actually beneficial? Reading is a massive enhancement on your life (and livelihood) but would spending all of my time reading amount to anything? What about exercising or building businesses or traveling or drawing or communicating or school?

Extremes are the traits you want to watch out for and adjust. I think it’s safe to say too much of anything has a diminishing value. If you find yourself repeatedly only doing one thing over and over again, perhaps it’s time to find another good habit to balance it out with.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #814

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