Recently I noticed a disturbing trend in my life and I wonder if this is common in your life too.
I get excited about an idea. I grab books, follow blogs, jot down notes, even form some loose goals around this new idea. Then another, more interesting topic flashes across my computer screen and I chase it for a while.
Some say this is ADHD. But I have another theory. I find a thrill in learning something new. But I am after information, not transformation.
But isn’t transformation what we are after in the first place?
It’s Okay To Love Information
Often times I become enamored with the joy of learning and gathering information and miss the point of what the writers of these materials are saying. They call for action and initiative so I read their e-book but nothing really affects my life.
I may even take notes and stew on them for a bit before moving on to the next interesting topic. This is great. I’m filling my creative well. The problem is I am merely stockpiling and not using my ammunition.
What To Do With The Ammo
If we are all honest, there may be a bravery issue here. But more than that I think we all need to be aware of our follow through. Is what we are learning, or doing for that matter, worth the investment of our time?
I want to do more. This includes an e-book, a new website, and producing podcasts within the next four months. This is what I must remember when I consider what my goals are and how I spend my time and what I am learning. Are they all in sync?
Is the information you learn from a book or podcast impacting your life? Is it merely information or is it transformative?
2 thoughts on “On Chasing Transformation Not Information”
This post hits home. I can get lost in Wikipedia or one Google search after another when I discover something new. After an hour or two of doing that, I have to pull myself back and ask: “Is what I’m learning applicable or helpful for me right now?” If the answer is no, then I have to shut my laptop and take a walk or get back to work.
Maybe I’m avoiding work right now. . . . . . .
(But seriously, those Wiki Hyperlinks are like crack!)
Lol!! Nathan, thanks. Glad I’m not alone here!