3 Easy Strategies to Enliven Your Intellectual Life

14701341495_c9ebf8a905_k Discover three strategies to enliven your intellectual life. After you read this, you will no longer have any excuses for not riding the current to bring fresh knowledge, fresh insights, fresh thinking into your life.

Last week, I introduced you to Nacie Carson, author of The Finch Effect and someone with enormous expertise in career development especially for the millennial generation who are struggling in this work environment. In my interview, I asked her to tell me about how she keeps fresh knowledge flowing into her work. Her answer was one of the deepest I have heard from all the many interviews I have done. But let me let Nacie tell you.

“Fresh knowledge is about bringing new stimuli into my life. I begin by revisiting things that inspired me in the past – places, books, music. I reread books that have inspired me again and again (to much ribbing), but I’ll continue to do so. I find that these books or places or whatever continue to inspire me.

“Second, I try to be very present in nature. As with most of us, my work keeps me inside a great deal. We are so technology driven. So, it is important to take time to step outside into the sunshine. I find this is very grounding.

“Third, I like to be adventurous in my intellectual pursuits. I look up the definitions of interesting words. I watch movies of all kinds. I talk with people who have strong minds, who think new thoughts, and where the conversation is challenging and authentic.”

As I listened to Nacie tell me her strategies, I was doing cartwheels. Okay not literally. Her words inspired me. Here is my action plan building on Nacie’s three strategies to enhance the flow of fresh knowledge to me.

  1. I am going to stop making excuses for watching my favorite movies again and again.
  2. I’m going to step outside of my office into the garden, smell fresh air, and look at the sky. I’m going to do this every day for at least 2 minutes. But those 2 minutes are going to be serious quiet time.
  3. I’m going to keep looking up words in the dictionary – an activity I have done ever since I wanted to learn how to spell at the age of – well, after graduating college.

Okay, there’s really one more action I’m going to take. Having read Nacie’s book and seeing a real link to my work, I got in touch with her. As a result, I have discovered a strong mind who thinks new thoughts, who is willing to have challenging and authentic conversations. I’m going to contact more of the inspiring authors I discover.

The strategies for keeping fresh knowledge flowing into your life are many. People who have worked through Riding the Current have discovered and created various methods to bring in new insights and new information. But Nacie’s methods are unexpected and familiar at the same time. How many of these strategies are you using and didn’t realize you were learning fresh knowledge in the process?

Photo by Pam Broviak