How to Work on Oneself
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How to Work on Oneself

A Sketch

About the Book

How can we learn more effectively? How can we best work on ourselves? How do we grow? That is the subject of this brief book, this short sketch by interim philosopher and world traveler, Jens Oliver Meiert. A light treatise on personal growth, he goes over 20 paths to get to know ourselves, for “we are okay as we are, but we can always improve.”

→ This is the book if you opt to explore different ways of driving yourself a little crazy.

About the Author

Jens Oliver Meiert
Jens Oliver Meiert

Jens Oliver Meiert is an engineering lead and author (ex-Google, W3C, O’Reilly). He specializes in the management and quality control of complex websites, the development and deployment of web frameworks, as well as frontend code efficiency and maintainability. Jens contributes to technical standards and regularly writes about his work and research, particularly on his website,

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Dilemmas
  • Fundamentals
  • The 20 Paths
    • 1. Learn
    • 2. Read
    • 3. Listen
    • 4. Take Notes
    • 5. Pick Excellent Sources
    • 6. Pick Unassuming Sources
    • 7. Be Cautious Around Media
    • 8. Be Suspicious of Entertainment
    • 9. Ask Questions
    • 10. Ask Yourself Questions
    • 11. Brainstorm
    • 12. Make an Effort
    • 13. Be Diligent
    • 14. Develop Routines
    • 15. Improve Skills
    • 16. Use Tools
    • 17. Change the Point of View
    • 18. Cultivate a Reflex
    • 19. Focus on the Process
    • 20. Dial It Up
  • Alternatives
  • Emergency Exit
  • Afterword
  • Bibliography
  • Feedback
  • About the Author
    • 100 Things I Learned as an Everyday Adventurer (2013)
    • Journey of J. (2015)
    • 199 Love Haiku (2019)
    • Upgrade Your HTML (2019–2021)
    • The Web Development Glossary (2020)
  • About How to Work on Oneself

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