On Learning, Books, and Health
I’m a big twitter guy, I even have a quasi-book club there, composed of intellects, far wiser and well-read than myself. Earlier this year, one of the members, Patrick Oshaughnessy, composed a “tweet-storm”, which is a compilation of thoughts tweeted out in subsequent order, on books and the intellectual appeal.
Here’s a link to the tweet-storm.
Following the “storm”, he concluded, in later days, that, “books are an interconnected web of ideas.” This short, yet profound thought, along with the tweet-storm itself, helped me turn personal disconnected thoughts into a conscious connection of ideas. It pushed me to step out of my comfort zone of reading mainly management and training books, and instead, broaden my intellectual scope by incorporating other genres of literature. So, I did.
For a while, I had been thinking that I wanted to move from predominantly those themes, since I felt that I had already consumed a fair amount, was beginning to bore of them, notice trends and fluff, and it wasn’t creating the same excitement it once had. However, naturally I worried, that this would effect my knowledge and reputation on those subjects, which was important to me, considering it was my livelihood and passion. Yet, I decided to ditch the routine, and instead replace it with a new direction. So, I put the typical books that were on my queue list back on my book shelf, headed to Amazon.ca, and over the course of a few months ordered books on whatever peaked my interest at the time.
Although I don’t think I noticed it consciously at the time, as I started to delve into the writings, I noticed two trends. the first, was that I was learning more, and at a far greater rate, and secondly, I was connecting these new thoughts right back to my passion of business management and bodily movement. I was more enthusiastic reading these books, I had changed my reading style — by diligently taking notes on the topics, and I was keenly focused on the text, rather than, being caught day-dreaming and skimming. It was then that I read the above tweet, and realized, this time consciously, that yes, by stepping out of my comfort zone I was being rewarded by greater learning capacity, and quicker and stronger connection of ideas.
Now, the original purpose of this article, was to serve as a landing page for future articles on connections I see between non-training related books, and the health industry. I had hoped to write a series, taking non-health related books, and using it as a means to create unique analogies, posit different perspectives, and empower you to think more openly and critically about the health world. However, it seems that I’ve already pivoted, since the main writings I’m doing, seem to incorporate these thoughts regardless. That being said, personally, I think it be a shame to waste some of these articles I have already written, and instead, I’ll use them as a beta-writing test. Therefore, any feedback and questions are welcome, as always, and I hope you enjoy the beginning of my aspirations to empower you to move better, and feel better.
So here’s an article on The Third Plate, written by Chef Dan Barber, a farm to table chef, and the connections that he posits, and I expand on about the parallels between plant and human health.