In today’s world, we are the busiest and have the most opportunities to find more information than ever before. It’s evident that we need to catch up with this ever-changing world if we want to have any kind of success in our lives. However, we have all gotten caught up with what the mainstream media by persuading us to pay heed to what’s convenient for them.
Personally, I feel like we have gotten so accustomed to having everything thought out and done for us that we lose in touch with the process of cultivating our knowledge. We rarely think for ourselves, we don’t experiment with what works for us and what doesn’t. So how do we know that we are still unique as they say? We need to preserve our knowledge, and that should be a life-time responsibility.
It’s essential to maintain a healthy mind ready to learn to adapt to the world we live in so that we can use it to our advantage and create a better future for ourselves and those we love. Unfortunately, that good life that we normally dream of is presented as owning a lot of things and having everything done for us but nothing about enriching knowledge. And this is where we must be careful. Having money and things could facilitate our lives, there’s no doubt about that. But no matter how much we advance, we still need to go through challenges to evolve into better beings. So here are two things that are essential to preserve your mind and most importantly, enhance your knowledge.
Living By The Pleasure
It’s a lie! And I’m not saying that you should never feel pleasure in life. But things DO NOT happen by themselves while you are just enjoying the pleasures of life. The way I see it, pleasure is meant to be used as a way to celebrate the strenuous tasks that helped you reach a certain goal. As they say, easy come, easy go. Imagine if I liked to drink a lot because it’s pleasurable to me. I’m sure some of you would say, “Well, that’s a pretty obvious answer because drinking in excessive amounts could deteriorate your health.” But doesn’t this apply to every other habit that we have?
If we eat too much, most of us could become obese and possibly develop an illness. If we become too attached to someone, we lose our sense of self and autonomy. If we splurge on too many things, we lose money for other urgent necessities and opportunities. And the most impacting, if we spend too many hours of our day watching television or shows online, we’ll forget how to think for ourselves. In this particular habit, the pictures are moved and it’s a lot easier to depict what’s going on but it doesn’t challenge us. And that’s how we like things to be, easy and pleasurable.
So what’s defective about this? We become attached to daydreaming and not taking action. Our desires and wants grow but our determination to make it happen is belittled. We don’t want to work for anything, we want the easy way out and sometimes we don’t care who we hurt. And when adversity strikes, we become victims and have no clue about the next step to overcome that life obstacle. So, it’s not fun to be a zombie, it’s not estimable to realize that we have become copies of what the media wants so that they can thrive and feed off of us. How can we counter this?
We must stimulate our imagination. We must learn how to constantly think for ourselves and evaluate the quality of anything that’s being thrown to us subliminally. And this kind of knowledge is gained through learning, especially through books. Learning helps you obtain the tools needed to create, which is absolutely necessary when you’re a pickle.
Tai Lopez explains very well in this his Tip of the Day series including his personal stories; it’s definitely worth 30 minutes of your life.
Living By The Fear Of What Other People Say
You might not believe me at first, but I think there’s something narcissistic about this. Let me explain. Eleanor Roosevelt said it best when she said,
“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think if you realized how seldom they do.”
Of course, the more people you know, the more opportunities you have to be judged. So eventually you will be in other people’s mind and you’ll be viewed through different eyes. However, it’s not thinking about less of yourself, it’s about thinking of yourself less. In other words, it’s not all about you and your image!
We are fortunate creatures when it comes to having a limited amount of focus. Even though people say we can multi-task, in order to do something great and faster, we need to do things one at a time. So when it comes to focusing on how you look like to others, it will always be a distorted image of you. Instead of focusing on how you think you look like to others, focus on whatever you have to do. This will increase our knowledge in an immense way because we are putting our undivided attention to the experience that we are going through and it will be easier to retain the memory.
Paying attention to the information that we can absorb rather the image that others perceive about us is more useful. We learn to understand that information is a tool and even if we make mistakes, it’s still valuable. Personally, I feel like I have more fun doing whatever I’m doing when I am devoted to getting it done. Focusing on what people say is useless, but to get rid of the habit, you need to dispose those time-wasting thoughts.
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.”
Be your own superhero and invest in your knowledge. Don’t follow the crowd and get to explore the world that others have already explored. Don’t care about what others say because they will always say something, whether it’s in your favor or against your favor. Protect your knowledge from these two negative factors to find your personal journey of success. That’s the best thing you can do.
About the Author:
Solmar Abril is a Senior Editor of UBM. As an avid reader and learner, she’s determined to those who want to make progress and see results in their lives.