When do you know you studied enough self-improvement materials?

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I notice that most of the people who are into online marketing or business or in any profession might get caught up in the loop to continually study and not know exactly when to stop. For example, after high school you go to college and get a bachelors then you know that you reached a point where you can apply for jobs and actually get paid more for your degree.

So, similarly there has to be a point when you should know to stop and simply take action. Because if you don't know exactly when to stop you end up in an infinite loop to learn and keep learning the same rehashed materials over and over again.

After studying self-help books for over four years now I feel that I have enough knowledge and experience I need to take care of myself emotionally, physically, and mentally.

By the way I'm not suggesting that you completely stop reading the materials but there has to be a balance between the amount of time you spend learning and the amount of time you spend doing.

So when will you know you studied enough self-improvement materials?
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  • Profile picture of the author theory expert
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    Learning is like exercise. It is ongoing to stay in shape. Now what methods you use to stay healthy is on you because it is different for everyone(i,e some run marathons, other lift weights, while still others surf and swim), but, the one constant is staying consistent, avoiding burn out, and, keep going.

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    • Profile picture of the author TheEye
      I was once told for every hour you learn information, you should be putting in three hours of work forming a skill.

      Once you have the skills you need to do the job, you should concentrate on being productive.

      And any further learning of information or skills, should be to make you more productive.

      Ask yourself do you have the skills to be productive?

      What do you need to do to produce more?
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    when the hook monitors up toi me and find no signs of life ..i will stop seeking information to grow and learn more .. ..
    now the last self development book i even bothered trying to read ..can't tell you .. i really don't have that much to learn for what i want to do from the people writing the books to get you in their marketing funnels for tape programs ..seminars and expensive mentor ship programs ..

    but everything is self development you just need to chose where you want to improve and your best way of learning ..

    most of the time the self development industry is built around trying to get you to figure out how to make more money

    the only self development person i will listen to beside the ocassional tony robbins .. Timothy ferris ..

    fiction has some of the best self development material ..

    the real question at what point do you go beyond self development and study everything you can to get better..
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  • Profile picture of the author techbul
    Life is never about 'doing enough'. You can never be perfect at something. There is always room for improvement, for betterment. I think self-development is something that you can never perfect. All you can do is try to improve it every second.
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  • Profile picture of the author RedShifted
    You will just know. You will feel like you're reading more about self improvement, more than you're actually applying the stuff you're reading. And thats the point when most people will take a break or outright stop.
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  • Profile picture of the author stopper
    Thank you for being point blank. I myself i have decided to act instead of looking over my shoulder.
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  • Profile picture of the author USGTMauthor
    Interesting question. If by SI you mean actual skill building info then people need to balance the need for information with their current goals and actions. So avoid chasing shiny new objects. If you mean motivating literature like think and grow rich, then people need enough to keep them up and motivated. Just remember reading takes you away from action so you need to be mindful of the amount of action you are taking and if it is producing results. Good luck
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  • Profile picture of the author patrickcurl
    Let me ask you this, when do you know it's time to stop breathing?

    Self-improvement is the life-blood of sales. BUT you need to use moderation. Spend a small amount of time everyday on it, but then focus on your business the rest of the time. It's all about forming a balance, and it takes discipline.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
    I have no problem with continuing education in self improvement as long as it comes with applying what you learn. I know many people who read all day and listen to tapes and never get any work done. That is a bad combination.
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    • Profile picture of the author patrickcurl
      True, the goal should be to optimize your time as well--if you do listen to trainings -- the car is a great place to listen while you're out hanging Flyers or Post-it Notes about your business.
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  • Profile picture of the author andyredsox
    When you know how to manage your time equally, it is up to you. When you feel that you read more, and ready to take the next step, then that will be your clue.
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  • Profile picture of the author Natniszakov
    Whan you actually feel prepared to take action, I think
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  • Profile picture of the author WarrenPeterson
    You have studied enough when you spend more time studying than doing. If the studying side has become the work side, then you need to change your habits.

    But you should never stop studying, learning, improving, etc....
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  • Profile picture of the author duuude
    I've found a lot of the ideas in different books to be repetitive. The most important thing for me has been to continually go back to concepts or principles in stuff I have already read.
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    • Profile picture of the author namktqs
      Just take action, that increase energy. If you can't do something, this time you need spend for self improvement. Take action help really apply what we know. That build self confident and increase energy help achieve goal faster.
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  • Profile picture of the author andyredsox
    When you are ready to take action and take a risk to improve our self. And when we think that we can do it without any hesitations.
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  • Profile picture of the author rnvc
    Originally Posted by roosevelt View Post

    By the way I'm not suggesting that you completely stop reading the materials but there has to be a balance between the amount of time you spend learning and the amount of time you spend doing.
    Yeah man, you have to have a balance. Everyday improvement is a must though!
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  • Profile picture of the author Dorian Anthony
    I stopped reading self help material when I found out that there is only so much any of us can know.
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  • Profile picture of the author kellyyarnsbro
    Originally Posted by roosevelt View Post

    So when will you know you studied enough self-improvement materials?
    Learning is a lifelong process, it just don't stop until you can no longer read, hear and see.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    I think that SelfHelp books come in the area of inspiration
    and you always need to be inspired to be your best, so even
    though you are not learning anything "new" in terms of
    principles you still need reminders because they are so easy
    to forget.

    It's like eating for your soul--you need to eat physically
    everyday and your mind needs "good thoughts" food
    as well.

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    • Profile picture of the author Daniel Evans
      We can still learn whilst taking action.

      I guess the point in which a person might consider exploring other material is when they come across frequent repitition.


      Daniel
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  • Profile picture of the author Diversion52
    As long as your reading material evolves in sync with you personal growth, never.

    Some years ago I noticed that I could predict every word I was about to read in nearly every self-help book I picked up. That's when I realized that it was becoming almost counter productive, because my opinion about the material was getting a bit cynical. That's when I realized that I'm still reading about the basics, just written by another author. There's only so many times you can read the about the same subject before it becomes repetitive and boring.

    When I moved on to some higher level psychology I got back that child-like enthusiasm I felt when I first started educating myself with self-help. I noticed that I very commonly disagree with a lot of the material I read, but I can't help but be stimulated by it. And that is the test of the material you read. Is your mind stimulated by it? If it is, continue. If not, raise the bar.
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