Monday, May 01, 2017

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The information age …

I remember when I first heard the term ‘information age’ - it was at a Robert Kiyosaki seminar some 30 years ago. The information age was hailed as an era of liberation - an open door through which we might step onto a new landscape, upon which anything would be possible. After all, who wouldn’t want more information?
Turns out though, that ‘information’, just like many other things, comes in a variety of flavours. There is relevant information, irrelevant information, the useful and the useless, the true and the false alike …. the noise, the chatter, the gossip, the opinion, the latest newsflash … it all comes down the information pipeline at an ever-increasing rate. Teasing quality from the quantity can be an exercise fraught with frustration.
Sometimes it’s good to just take some quiet time; read a book, engage in exercise … and turn down the volume a little. The world has become busier (and louder) for us than it was for our parents. Remember, not all that glitters is gold … and not every squeaky wheel deserves the oil.
Learn to let a lot of it just ‘slide by’ … it doesn’t all deserve your attention. - JBW

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