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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.

Grab the Books That Grab You

It doesn’t matter how good “they” say a book is if you’re not going to read it.

Put that “great” book down and pick up one that compels your attention.

Great books are like great ideas: It’s better to actually engage a mediocre one than to merely fantasize about a great one.

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