Tsundoku
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Tsundoku

Tsundoku - it means acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in ones home without reading them.
Tsundoku - acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in ones home without reading them.
Tsundoku - it means acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in ones home without reading them.

Tsundoku – it means acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one’s home without reading them. The word dates back to the very beginning of modern Japan, the Meiji era (1868-1912) and has its origins in a pun. Tsundoku, which literally means reading pile, is written in Japanese as 積ん読. Tsunde oku means to let something pile up and is written 積んでおく. Some wag around the turn of the century swapped out that oku (おく) in tsunde oku for doku (読) – meaning to read. Then since tsunde doku is hard to say, the word got mushed together to form tsundoku.

I’m definitely guilty of this habit to some extent meanwhile I hope that my newsletter is not adding to your pile of unread materials.

Today’s advice: Discipline is superior to motivation. The former can be trained, the latter is fleeting. You won’t be able to accomplish great things if you’re only relying on motivation.


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