“We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.” – Galileo Galilei, Astronomer, physicist and mathematician
What I hear Galilei is trying to tell us here is that, in order to make something land in the mind of another, we have to let them experience the truth of it. Not only trying to convince with logical arguments and cold logic.
In other words: don’t try to convince others that the world is round, seek to help them experience it.
The purpose of this chapter is to convey to us a distinction between reading for information and reading for insight.
INFORMATION VS. INSIGHT
So, information is all about intellectually understanding the idea, which we place in our mental constructions to make sense of it.
We say things like: “Yes, that’s like so and so.” This is the judging mind which puts ideas into different boxes and categories. It’s the “smartass” strategy of reading.
We analyze, argue, question and criticize. This is how we’ve been taught to be good learners.
Insight is something completely different. It’s all about adopting “a beginners mind” and looking at things in a relaxed, opened manner.
It seems like insight is more like “feeling that something is true”.
“Until you have an insight, it’s just a nice idea.”
READING FOR INFO VS. READING FOR INSIGHT
“The purpose of this book is to act as a catalyst so that your own insights and realizations can bring you to clarity, guiding you and helping you make changes as you move forward.”
WHY INSIGHT MATTER
Insight lets us:
– know what actions to take
– ask the right questions
– make new choices
As you think about it now, what has been some of your more useful and impactful insights and aha-moments so far?
– Failure and mistakes are not to define me, but to help me see where I need to improve
– We don’t need to feel motivated in order to act in integrity
– It’s all about the people, how you open your heart to live and give love
– Growth is in our control
– The only time we have is now: past and future only exist in our minds
– Without goals and strong values we are highly vulnerable to conformity and authority.
“When you externalize your thoughts by writing them down, it creates new neural pathways in your brain, supporting new perspectives and deeper understanding.” – Jamie Smart, Clarity, Page 34.
That’s my selfish reasons for sharing this here.
– Daniel Galovan