Our ideas and beliefs shape who we are. They guide our actions, set our mindsets, lead us to people who share our same ideologies, and so on. But it’s important to remember that people change—and their ideas change, too. This is healthy and good. Humans need to grow, learn, and adapt. Some of those changes happen naturally: we grow up, gain new perspective, and start to see the world differently as a result. Other changes, however, are more deliberate. Sometimes, we doubt our ideas and make the conscious decision to move on from them. So then the question becomes this: how do you know when it’s time to let go of an idea?
This guide is based on 5 years of applying techniques from Behavioral Psychology and research on productivity. I've used it as a developer, mentor, and creator. And it works.
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