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In late 2015 I made the decision to avoid ‘unnecessary media’. In practice this means I no longer read newspapers, listen to the radio or watch news on the television and this has undoubtedly had a profound impact on my life. This was recommended to me by a number of very successful mentors, authors and entrepreneurs that I respect and follow.

The premise behind this decision is two-fold. Firstly, I value my time extremely highly and feel my attention is better suited to other sources of information, and secondly I feel that the vast amount of news is negative, because sensationalism sells. When was the last time you heard a positive story on the news?

Friends and family have argued that my decision to actively ignore what’s going on in the media puts me at a distinct disadvantage, particularly when it comes to political standpoints. Whilst I do think that keeping abreast of larger political issues is important, I have found limiting my media and news intake by ignoring newspapers, television and radio, and by choosing books and podcasts that align with my life’s work, incredibly beneficial.

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