Everyone wants to be first. Our competitive and status-seeking nature drives us to chase the novel. We want new experiences. We want to make fresh discoveries.
When it comes to learning, despite being frequently frustrated at how little we know, it is important to remember there is no expectation that you discover the un-encountered.
You are not the first person to feel what you feel, hear what you hear, or think what you think.
Walk into your nearest library and you will be immediately surrounded by the best of humanity’s collective wisdom. Or better yet, open your phone.
By standing on the shoulders of our intellectual forefathers, we can build a richer, more complete view of the world.
Gather the best of old ideas. Multiply your mental bank of referential data points. Learn from the mistakes of others. Perpetuate the passage of knowledge through time.