Admittedly, I unintentionally tried edibles for the first (and last) time this past Friday and it was the worst drug experience ever. It was like an alcoholic hangover times ten. Lesson learned, just say no to random baked goods on the kitchen counter. Don’t tell my mother.
Distractions are all around us. I overheard my girlfriend talking about wanting to potentially take a business course (or two) at a major university. There are numerous business courses you can access online at www.edx.org, www.coursera.org, www.saylor.org, www.khanacademy.org and many other websites. Some courses you find online are led by instructors from prominent universities like Harvard, Stanford or Yale. There really is no excuse to not know something you want to learn about. It’s all Googleable. You might say there’s not enough time to learn. That excuse is pointless. We make time for things that we really want to do. Even if it means deducting time we give to idle addictions like Facebook, Instagram, TV, pointless phone conversations, etc. I do (see the first paragraph) sometimes struggle with distractions and time management as well.
Here’s a challenge I present: Find one course and practice studying whatever topic for a few hours a week and then scale up from there. Build your mental muscle now. It’s as important as the physical.
I also recall reading (chapter two in a book titled, “Hacking Your Education” by Dale J. Stephens) about ‘throwing a brain party’. This concept presents yet another interesting way of engaging your mental muscle. According to the author, here’s essentially how to throw a brain party done in four simple steps:
1. You start by inviting a small but diverse group of friends to join you for breakfast, lunch, or dinner at your home or somewhere it’s okay to be lively.
2. Make sure people understand that there is an intellectual purpose to your meeting.
3. Start by describing what you’re currently learning or working on and the challenges you’re facing. Listen to what people say and write down their feedback. It won’t be long before ideas are bouncing around the room.
4. After an hour at most, let the topic of your current project go.
“The Hackademic Mind-Set” chapter leads with a quote from Albert Einstein that I’ll use here to end this post, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it is stupid.”