How to become smarter by doing less in the information age
Common: Believing that focusing on detail is the only and best path to success. Uncommon: Let’s be honest: Most things studied in college are quickly forgotten. I believe this is partly due to the sheer number of concepts addressed per class, per semester. But I didn’t have the “luxury” of making the library my second home to spend hours on rote memorization. The eclipsing effect of detail: Traditional college advice places an extremely high level of importance on detail, but this train of thought can be a hindrance, at times resulting in increased stress and workload. An extreme focus on detail limits one’s ability to grasp the larger picture, which is critical to knowing what details to focus on. Even though it may seem like some tests include everything covered during the semester, 99% of tests do not. Selective learning: I know I studied far less than most students, yet I was still able to graduate magna cum laude. Context means clarity: Observe, don’t inscribe: Not so. Your thoughts?
Related: Self Actualisation
• Food for thought