Do you hoard information?

I do .. or I could say I did.

Our brains thrive on novelty a.k.a. new experiences, information, + insights.

Whether that comes in the form of books, classes, e-courses, newsletters, podcasts, articles, videos, conversations … it doesn’t matter HOW you get your info, the important question is what are you DOING with it?

Until the past year, my (subconscious) goal was to acquire as much information as possible and then try to make it simplified + useful for others … except I forgot the second part.

I jumped from a book to an article to a podcast to a Youtube video and back again, attaching the belief that if I didn’t acquire some new, off-the-wall knowledge each day, then I had wasted perfectly good daylight.

You know the outcome, no?

My brain, after consuming truly copious amounts of seemingly random information since I started reading at age 3, started short-circuiting.

Not only could I not remember things I just learned for longer than a few hours, I began forgetting important things – like my grandmother’s name + my hometown.

The solution became clear: consume less + create more.

The best way to use any new knowledge or skill you acquire is to USE it.

Thinking about something won’t get you the experience you need to improve, or to help people, or to make money.

Thinking about something won’t solve your problem – in fact, distracting yourself with something far more menial (dishes, walking the dog) or relaxing (Yoga, a nap, daydreaming) allows your brain to process the info you have + find the answer you need (a.k.a. an ah-ha moment).

New information will always be valuable.

The action you take WITH new information will always be MORE valuable.

The noise of the world is not getting quieter.

All you have to is be more selective about what deserves your attention (which isn’t much, thankfully!).

Photo by Biel Morro on Unsplash

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