This is the key skill for 21st century

Living in an information age has served us well. Not only we can find the information on any subject whenever we want, we also have endless ways to get entertained and learn new things. While our ancestors were mostly trying to survive and put the food on the table, we are fortunate enough to think about following our passions, sparking joy, and setting up a 4-hour workweek.

But that does not mean that we’re free from struggles and challenges. In this age of abundance, information and hyperconnectivity, we are overwhelmed and paralyzed by all the information we're consuming. We are watching, reading, and listening more than ever, yet we have a perpetual feeling of falling behind. People share lengthy lists of books they read, brag about listening to podcasts and audiobooks on 2x speed. 

On social media, we find ourselves in competition with the virtually entire world, which adds up to our feelings of being 'less than'. Typically, we try to cure this anxiety with more information. We buy new books, read new articles, listen to endless podcasts, only to end up hungry for more. We are on a perpetual thread mill of information consumption, always looking for a new, perfect idea that will finally make a difference.

Yet, the problem is not that we don't have the right information. The problem is that we do not take the time to process the information we've consumed. We are so rushed and panicked, that we do not savor books anymore. We don't think about what we've read or listened to, we don't summarize it, contemplate it, discuss it with others, or try to implement it. 

We only pursue more, crave more and keep on searching for the magical answers. It has become a vicious cycle. Jim Kwik, the former guest at the Unmistakable Creative Podcast, argued that digital age brought learning opportunities that go hand in hand with distraction and digital dementia. Unless we invest in systems that help us retain and integrate the information, the more we consume, the more we'll end up forgetting.

Our future will not be determined by the information we consume, but by what we do with it. When we make a conscious effort to process the information, it becomes knowledge. When we implement our knowledge, it can be transformed into wisdom. We know that the information is only means to an end; our goal is not to become merely more informed but wiser, more genuine and better versions of ourselves. 

The capability to transform the information into wisdom will, therefore, give you an amazing advantage in this time of information abundance

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