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“We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom!”

March 5th, 2018 • By: CottonSystems Video

This is a great quote from EO Wilson and I believe it is incredibly true.

We are bombarded by so much stuff all the time and much of that flow has a negative impact on what we truly want to achieve.

We all believe that knowledge is power.

But what if the unintended consequences become bigger than the power of that knowledge?

What if too large a flow of information prevents us from taking the right actions?

Too Much Information (TMI) could be preventing you from being your best self.

Watch this short video to hear my thoughts:

To watch in full size, click the button on the far right.

Having knowledge and information are both positive…but you must monitor what you are learning.

Sometime we fill our minds with junk that doesn’t matter and it prevents us from thinking clearly.

Set some clear boundaries on your sources of inbound flow of information.

Our minds are like a garden that can help us grow either weeds or wisdom and wealth.

You are the gardener that choses which seeds you plant, water, protect and harvest.

Choose what you need to know and learn now, not three or five years from now.

Ask, “Is this the most important knowledge, skill, quality or action I need to work on right now?

Monitor and block interruptions. Don’t let other peoples’ priorities become yours.

In the video, I said that it takes 17 minutes to get back on track after an interruption. Well, I was wrong! “Google”, says it actually takes 23 minutes and 15 seconds!

How many times do you allow 23-minute interruptions in a day? Ten times is nearly 4 hours!

I believe that wisdom trumps knowledge any day of the week.

So how do you gain more wisdom?

Ben Feldman said, “Fools learn from their own experiences; wise people from the experiences of others.”

External wisdom comes from other peoples’ wisdom.

You might learn from a good book, a TED talk, a workshop, a mentor, a minister or a master that has learned some wisdom you can or need to adopt.

Internal wisdom comes from your own experiences and from what you learn from them.

A friend said, “Experience is what you get when your get what you don’t want!”

So now, the picture becomes very clear.

Experience comes from mistakes! What you learn from those mistakes develops your personal bank of wisdom.

I have to confess. I’ve been a “master mistake maker”, especially in my first 50 years.

And that, my friends, is how I developed most of the wisdom I share with you!

 

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