Acquisition of information and trick

I’m pretty sure most young people are unaware of the greatest gift that our current society offers to each individual with an internet connection. Why? Because throughout their lives an internet connection has always been available.

So, what is the best gift? The greatest gift is the ability to thoroughly research any topic they choose. There is enough information available to become a world-renowned expert on any subject and there is an audience interested in what you have learned if you choose to share your acquired knowledge.

With great clarity, I still remember the day when a speaker at a conference shared that if you spend 30 minutes a day on a specific topic, in one year you will become a regional expert on that topic, and in five you will become a world renowned expert. The speaker used the sport of basketball to prove this point. He said spending just 30 minutes a day would allow your brain to take in information you weren’t aware of before, manage it into an organized block, and categorize that block for whatever use you want at any time. in the future.

Studying a specific topic every day for a year would add to a knowledge base that exceeds 99.9% of other people in society, providing an opportunity for you to be a regional expert. This could lead you to become an announcer for a high school or college basketball team where you are able to deliver interesting and relevant information to 99.9% of the listeners who were unaware of the information you share. After five years of regularly studying basketball for 30 minutes every day, you’d be exposed to more information than 99.999% of the entire US population and you’d have something to offer the major sports channels. Although I cannot recall how the speaker came to the conclusions used in the example, the clear message he conveyed provided an abundance of hope: Each of us can acquire vast amounts of information that can serve a purpose in our life.

What’s the trick? In fact, there are quite a few.

The first is to understand why only 30 minutes a day. Why not more? Imagine you have a pitcher full of water and a sponge on a counter. The water represents knowledge and the sponge represents your brain. If you try to pour all the water onto the sponge at once, very little will be absorbed, meaning most of the water will have been wasted trying to get the sponge to absorb it once. But if you pour an amount of water on the sponge that the sponge could fully absorb and process today, then some more tomorrow, and each successive day, then all the water (knowledge) would be fully absorbed by the sponge (your brain). This pace is what allows a long-distance runner to cover much more distance than a sprinter.

The next trick is to group each day’s information into specific categories before storing it in your brain for retrieval. Over time, you will notice similarities between the new information you add and the already stored information you acquired previously. This process can include another tip where you have a notepad handy for your daily 30 minutes with pre-determined categories you’ve created to help you categorize. For basketball, you can have categories focused on player data, NBA, college, high school, culture, state-by-state data, versus other sports, and basketball history. sport. Another trick is to spend the last five minutes of the half hour registering the information in your brain with a method that anchors the information permanently for instant recovery at your beck and call. Anchoring methods can be learned quickly by reading a memory book. My favorite has always been “The Memory Book” by Harry Lorayne and Jerry Lucas and has many benefits that can also improve other areas of your life.

The last trick is to decide what to do with all this knowledge once you have acquired it. It’s perfectly fine if you decide that you just like knowing a lot of information on a particular topic. You can also pursue the 30-minute-a-day rule when trying to learn more about a medical challenge that may be impacting your life or the life of someone you love. You can choose a subject that will improve your skills in the career you are pursuing, which will make you more valuable to the company you work for. It could prepare you for a consulting career. That’s what’s so great about acquiring information. This tends to create lifelong learners among people who are constantly pursuing. I enjoy lifelong learning and continuing to enjoy the benefits of continued information acquisition.

I’ll leave you with this: just knowing that you’re in possession of an incredible gift, the ability to gain vast amounts of knowledge using a simple 30-minute-a-day plan, should make you feel pretty good. in your skin. So, find a topic that interests or excites you and focus on acquiring information about it. You will never regret having made the effort. Who knows, maybe in five years I’ll be reading about how your expertise is changing the world through your knowledge. I hope. And remember, I believe in you! Vertigo !

Paul White is a retired entrepreneur, businessman from Midland and a guest columnist for the Midland Daily News. He can be reached at [email protected].

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