Improving Your Life by Improving Your Mind 718.5

Our abilities to think, reason, and learn are among the most powerful tools we have to make our lives safer, more comfortable, and more fulfilling. Yet many of us don’t develop our mental capacities.

Although we can learn important information in school, the wise person in pursuit of self-improvement realizes that education is a lifelong process of expanding our minds through conversations, reading, listening, watching, and doing.

Thus, in selecting who we converse with and what we read, listen to, or watch, we should avoid whatever lacks intellectual nutrition.

No matter your age, the quality of your life can be improved if you seek opportunities to increase your knowledge, deepen your understanding, and sharpen your problem-solving skills. Think how much better your decisions would be if you learned how to better distinguish between facts, opinions, assumptions, and accusations. Or if you could identify and overcome personal prejudices and self-interest.

Aristotle said, “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” And Robert Frost added, “Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

To do that, try to develop your ability to receive and, with an open mind, consider unsettling, unpleasant, or offensive information and points of view.

This is Michael Josephson reminding you that character counts.

Comments 5

  1. Excellent commentary and advice. I always look forward to listening to the Character Counts segments on KNX 1070 AM radio. Some of the lessons I continue to learn include the wise words and commentary Mr. Josephson promotes.

  2. Exactly the reason I subscribe to the weekly email of your commentaries! Thanks for the thought provoking work you do.

  3. Great commentary… I wrote to you a few years ago about my the teacher I had in 6th grade ghile growing up in small-town southeast Missouri… every morning, she would write the word “think” on the chalk board, and every morning we 11- and 12-year-olds would groan when she would reference it throughout the day. It wasn’t until almost 20 years later that I realized the impact of what she was trying to do with our young minds, and she stands out today as one of the most respected teachers I had.
    I do, however, take one exception to your commentary… that we should avoid whatever lacks intellectual nutrition… when I open the Sunday morning paper, the first thing I read are the comics!
    Happy Monday!!

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