Mindstate Motivation Blog

After Thinking

It doesn’t make any difference who you are or where you are in
life. The continuous acquisition of knowledge is a requirement to
achieving true fulfillment. A full life is a never ending process of
discovery and growth. It’s not a static state of euphoric suspension in
time. Time moves on. Life moves on!

But, the “moving on” requires more than just the acquisition of
new knowledge. It requires the application of the newly acquired
knowledge in some meaningful way that adds a new dimension to your life.
I think what I’m trying to say may be best stated through the following
quote: “Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge;
it is thinking that makes what is read ours.”–John Lock

So, are you making what you read yours? Are you doing some major
“after thinking” on what you read and learn? It is only through
that thinking and pondering that you can apply what you have learned in a
way that is meaningful and productive.
Reading gives you a sense of information that may be important to
you. Thinking about what you’ve read
gives you a sense of how the information is applicable in your situation. If you don’t apply what you learn, your
personal growth and development is at best stunted. Your life becomes an afterthought!

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