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Fires Aren’t Everything

If you’re always putting out fires, you’ll never have time to start any.

You can’t innovate if you’re spending all of your time reacting to urgencies and emergencies.

A well-ordered life is a creative life.

If you don’t use your freedom to create your own boundaries, your life will be filled with a bunch of involuntary boundaries that smother your freedom.

How can you say “yes” to your vision of the possible if you can’t ever say “no” or “not now” to anything?

If you have a fire, do what’s necessary to keep things from burning to the ground, but don’t forget to create space in your day to invest in the kinds of possibilities that can only emerge when you’re in a state of play.

The fires might seem to mean everything in the present moment, but your future will be determined by the things you make time for before and between the fires.

Spend Wisely

Being “informed” isn’t just about what you know. It’s also about what you deliberately choose to ignore.

It’s impossible to realize your potential unless you develop a sound philosophy for determining what you will NOT pay attention to.

Attention is currency. If you’re willing to spend it on anything, you’ll eventually be duped out of everything.

2 Kinds of Learning

1) Absorption: Taking in concepts by consuming information.

2) Application: Putting already existing knowledge into practice by using it to create value.

Doing #2 makes you better at doing #1.

If you want to be a better thinker, become a more active doer.

On Being Offended

You have no moral obligation to be offended about anything.

Emotions ≠ Ethics

Moods ≠ Morality

Indignation ≠ Integrity

Your contribution to society is about what you do, not how you claim to feel.

You have the RIGHT to feel whatever YOU wish, but beware the machinations of those who claim you have the RESPONSIBILITY to feel whatever THEY wish.

The Known Is Transformed by the Unknown

When we reach for new ideas, it results in a more nuanced relationship to the ideas we already have.

By grappling with unfamiliar concepts, we breathe new life into the familiar ones.

Learning not only begets new information. It begets new opportunities with old understandings we may have taken for granted.

What is education?

Whatever it is, it’s not just about regurgitating what we know. It’s the process of revitalizing what we know through our willingness to wrestle with the unknown.

Knowledge becomes increasingly useful to the degree that we seek out new opportunities for practical application and philosophical adventure.

If you think you already know enough, you’re probably right. The real question is “Do you know enough about the things you already know?”

The only way to find that answer is by exploring the possibilities that aren’t on your map.

When was the last time you tried to learn something that wasn’t easy to understand? That might be a great place to start.

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