Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pearls of wisdom from a gem of a book

Is there a better book for today's information-rich but time-poor age?

Here are some thought-provoking excerpts from P.M. Forni's bestseller, The Thinking Life: How to Thrive in the Age of Distraction:

"Shallow readers are at risk of becoming shallow thinkers."

"We seek to spare ourselves the trouble of thinking as much as we can. We have literally made an art of it. The multi-billion-dollar entertainment industry of our time is essentially built upon humanity's addiction to thought avoidance."

" 'I have no time,' we say, but we do, we always do. What we lack is the will or wisdom to commit our time to goals that would be smart of us to pursue. If you are really motivated to do something, you will make time for it. I am not arguing that you are not busy. Most of us are. I am simply urging you to consider that you are only as busy as you let yourself be."

"An information-rich world is a time-poor world, and a time-poor world is an attention-poor world."

"When working on a project, imagine yourself protected by a bubble that protects you from distraction."

"According to what seems like a million websites, the great problem of our times is work/life balance. But to seek a balance between two things implies that they are different and separate. The more urgent problem is not how to balance work and life, but rather how to erase in our minds the line of demarcation that sets up the work/life dichotomy in the first place. Work is part of life, and it is precisely when we do not treat it as such that tension, disaffection, and alienation arise. As long as we neglect to claim work as part of life, as long as we regard it as a burden, it is going to feel like one. Every day, millions go to work predisposed to endure and leery to commit, which is just about the worst possible attitude to face work with."