I would like to be interested in my own life.
(This makes sense, right? I have to live in it.)
Being open, being curious – this keeps me interested. One of the best things about being out of school is the time to study whatever I feel like. I can pursue literally anything I want to know in ways that make sense to me.
What does this look like? It looks like I don’t know what the hell I’m doing. And I’m ok with that (most days).
Here are a few ways I go about this learning process:
1. I don’t worry about being wrong.
Hey guys – more often than not, I’m going to be wrong. Being one tiny organism, in one tiny pocket of time, I pretty much have no chance of really understanding my world.
But instead of using that knowledge as an excuse to stop trying, I just use it to keep me humble as I run around gathering information, asking, “What if…”
2. I follow my curiosity.
Even if what I’m curious about seems really dumb to others – and often it does. Putting up intellectual walls has the same effect as putting up emotional walls. It puts limits on your growth.
3. I gather information in ways that make sense to me.
Talking to people, traveling, reading, watching documentaries, listening to podcasts, good old fashioned observation – these are all ways I get information. Other people gather intel in other ways, like experiments or building things, and that’s fascinating and cool.
4. I synthesize information in ways that make sense to me.
Usually, this means writing and talking about it, which is how a lot of people know about my dumb ideas before I drop them. I don’t really understand something well until I can reorder it, integrate it, and then spit it out in my own words. Like Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
So what are you learning lately? What’s feeding your mind? Do you have any interesting links to share?
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