Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The New Knew

Go ahead and read all of those books on thinking and writing. Identify the behaviors involved. Learn the rules and how to break them. Quote your favorite passages. Share what you know.

But what do you know? Are you memorizing or are you learning? Are you thinking for yourself or parroting what you have read?

Thinking about thinking or even learning about thinking is an active process that requires effort if you want to do more than talk the talk. If you're ready to walk the walk, be prepared to push beyond your own limitations to originate new ideas. The ideas themselves may not be new. However, the spark of recognition from synthesizing ideas will be new for you.

Celebrate what's new about what you thought you knew.