There are many investments we make in life. We invest money to provide the savings we need to enjoy throughout our life. We invest in exercise, sleep, and good food to ensure our health as well.
This week I was reminded of the value of taking notes. Notes are like an investment in wisdom for our life’s journey. Not unlike other investments, at the time the accumulation of savings or health or wisdom doesn’t seem like much. But in retrospect, the sooner you commit to gathering ideas, the sooner they can start influencing your life and career.
I was reminded, recently, as I have been sharing on leadership and creativity, the dividends that the investment in wisdom can have. Going through notebooks reminded me that not only was I able to dig through key ideas on the exact topic, but through the notes from webinars, conferences, podcasts and more I was able to find great complimentary information to share and build on the original thought.
The other thing about investing in wisdom by capturing notes and thoughts along the way is that while you can wealth to your family, and you can’t give away your health, wisdom can be shared without limit. Everyone you meet and have a chance to interact with is a chance to share the ideas you have gathered. The more you have the more you can give away.
So whether long hand or short had, analog or digital, capture the ideas and thoughts that impact and challenge your thinking. Because as Ben Franklin said:
“The doors of wisdom are never shut.”
Here are this week’s 5 for 5 articles:
On knowing it can be done – by Seth Godin
- SO WHAT: How much of what we attempt is based on what we feel is possible <- best thing I read this week
How Brainstorming Questions, Not Ideas, Sparks Creativity – by Warren Berger – via Fast Company
- SO WHAT: Brainstorming is changing. Learning to generate questions, puts the activity in an interesting light.
The Simple Joy of Writing by Hand – by Barbara Bash – via Mindful Magazine
- SO WHAT: Fascinating on the science about why handwriting is important to creativity.
Introducing Human Company Design – by Sara Holoubek – via Linked In
- SO WHAT: We need leaders to stand up and build organizations for their people not on their people.
Warren Buffett: Do This Every Morning to Be Successful – by Helena Ball – via INC
- SO WHAT: Repeat to yourself every morning – “Delight my customer.”
all the best, kevin