To become the person you want to be, consume the right information.
For example, you want to become a jazz musician. By all means, study everything about jazz music — songwriting, theory, techniques, melodies, jazz musicians, and so on.
If you want to be an actor, then study everything about acting — the fundamentals of acting, the actors you admire, do’s and don’ts, and so on.
Same goes to different professions such as sales, writing, engineering, gardening, programming. What else?
Yes it’s obvious. But I find it strange that only a few people actually practice this.
Most of us consume the wrong stuff, or things that aren’t beneficial.
We watch the news every day. We watch shallow variety TV shows every day. We scroll our Facebook news feed every hour. We surround ourselves with negative people who complain and talk shit all the time.
This is quite alarming. Everything we place into our minds (also our body of course) has an effect on it — and it could be positive or negative.
What we consume can influence the way we lead our lives.
Watch the news every day and you’ll notice yourself becoming anxious and negative. Because most news are negative and they make you worried.
Watch shallow variety TV shows every day and you’ll notice yourself becoming shallow, too. Because most of these shows are completely nonsense and don’t add value to your life.
Scroll Facebook news feed every day and you’ll notice yourself becoming envious and unhappy. Because you try to keep up with your Facebook friends who project that they have perfect lives (and they’re not even your true friends).
You think those things don’t affect you?
(Note: Nothing’s wrong with watching the news, TV shows, or scrolling on Facebook news feed. Depending on what you’re trying to accomplish — and I don’t want to judge your preferences — nothing’s wrong with it as long as we’re consuming them minimally and intentionally.)
Think about it. If you drop the negative news, Facebook, trival TV shows, and instead read books and listen to podcasts primarily about that one thing you really want, your mind is going to sharpen its focus on it.
You will learn the things you need to learn, and act accordingly.
This seems countercultural, but it’s one way to stay focused on the things that truly matter to us. It’s one way to stay focused on becoming the person we want to be.
Because if we don’t get serious at managing the things we consume on a daily basis, how can we expect to achieve our dreams and live a meaningful life?
PS: Of course nothing’s wrong if we consume information outside our field and use that information to make something unique (I love the idea of combining). But there should always be a boundary. This ensures that we’re not being dissuaded.
If this intrigues you, here’s a related topic: “Consuming Mainstream Media Makes Me Feel Like Shit”
As always, let me know what you think.