Something that I think is becoming critically important nowadays is the way we handle information as we seek to learn and better our lives.
Publishing information has never been easier than it is today. With the advent of the Internet and the rise of digital publishing, getting your ideas out there is now something that almost anyone can do. And thus, the amount of published information in the form of books, articles, videos and courses is growing exponentially.
I think this is mostly a good thing, but is also poses certain problems. One big problem in my perspective is the fact the volume of junk, low-quality information getting published and becoming publicly available is growing at an incredible rate. Because the entry barriers to publishing are now so low and, let’s face it, many people overestimate the practical value of what they have to say.
The amount of high-quality information is growing but the amount of bad information is growing even more. So we’re heading towards a point where, in many fields, we’ll have a whole lot of rotten content, and burred in it some real gems of information by very competent authors.
In such a circumstance, if you just consume the readily available information, assume it’s good and rely on it entirely, you’re dead. We need to learn to research for quality information, to evaluate it using critical thinking as we consume it, to identify the best information, to organize it, to apply it consistently, and to quickly put aside information that proves impractical.
There’s your golden skill for the 21st century: treating information effectively. Being a shrewd learner.
First posted here: http://goo.gl/0kVVMq