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Chapter 5

 

LEARNING REQUIRES RECHARGING AND REFLECTION, NOT CONSTANT ACTION

The mind ought sometimes to be diverted that it may return to better thinking.

—Phaedrus

Kiyotaka Serizawa’s colleagues were “amazed how much he worked” at his job managing janitors who did maintenance for apartment buildings in the town of Kashiwa, Japan.1 He frequently put in more than ninety hours a week and got so little sleep that his mother said he might stop at her house for a nap during his drive between offices. “He would lie here on this couch,” she said, “and go into such a deep sleep that I would come and check on him to make sure his heart was ...

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