“Knowledge is power: You hear it all the time, but knowledge is not power. It's only potential power. It only becomes power when we apply it and use it.” - Jim Kwik
One of Demetri’s greatest strengths lies in his ability to create action items from the content he consumes. After watching Hamilton or The Greatest Showman, I found Demetri blasting the soundtrack for weeks afterward. After watching me train on my stationary bike, Demetri learned about the benefits of biking and spent extra free time in the saddle. And after watching Matt D’Avella, he transformed into a minimalist.
Demetri has unlocked a potential that all of us are able to actualize: viewing the world from a growth mindset, and turning content consumed into content created and actions pursued. By viewing each piece of content as a means to find a new quote, explore new music, or cultivate a new habit, we interact with the artwork like the artist interacts with the world: by noticing the beauty and genius written between the lines.
What is different about our book reviews on the main podcast is that we do not dig into the weeds of every chapter, discuss writing style, or concern ourselves over other minute details. Although we don’t look at the “big picture” exclusively, our book reviews are seeking action items. When we score a book, part of our calculation revolves around questions such as: “what habit creation did this book spark?” “What actionable items did I walk away with?”
Hence why something like “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield reviewed a poor review. The book is gritty, full of one-liners, and the audiobook had the most distinctive voice that is now burned into my skull. Yet, there were no action items. Pressfield delivers a beautiful metaphysics of resistance and productivity, but I didn’t walk away with any new idea of how to complete my work or overcome resistance.
Contrast this with something like Deep Work or Atomic Habits. Two books I discuss consistently on the podcast because they are both full of actionable items. Deep Work by Cal Newport explores the power of the flow state and how to tap into this energy in our working lives, and Atomic Habits by James Clear delivers a concrete blueprint for habit formation. Hence, these books received the highest scores in our book reviews. These books changed our perception of productivity, inspired new action items, and turned us into better people for it.
All this to say, find the action item behind every piece of content you consume and every experience you live out. Upon reflection, maybe you realize you love the serenity of the mornings when you are up early, or maybe you love the mental clarity you find after a brisk walk. Notice these experiences and build them into strengths by formulating the habit of waking up early or going on walks consistently.
View life from the lens of the content creator, extract the action items from life’s beauty and build the foundation of a better life.
Have an awesome week!
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