Cultivate perspective

a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.
“most guidebook history is written from the editor’s perspective”

For a few years, I have used social media as a source for harvesting articles, insights, perspectives, inspiration, and knowledge. This may sound counter-intuitive, based on what typically gets the most attention on social media, but if you learn how to dig, and vet – looking past the “trending” topics – you can find hopeful, informative, concise information that more of us should be exposed to. (See Seth’s blog) (See Mindful)

“What a culture we live in, we are swimming in an ocean of information, and drowning in ignorance.” – Richard Paul Evans

As I explore interests, I find more topics interesting; which leads to new discoveries, and then to new interests, and so on. This is why I usually had 25+ tabs open on my computer. I was discovering more articles, perspectives, and knowledge than I was able to read. This alone isn’t productive, just uncovering topics (articles) of interest, and not being able to get ahead of them, or even read them. After feeling continually overwhelmed, and not catching up, I looked for a way to ingest these articles more efficiently.

One year ago, I came across this application “Natural Reader” which reads articles aloud. This app lets me paste a web address (which it will scan, then typically pull the text from), load a pdf, paste swathes of text from anywhere, or input manually what I’d like to hear read back to me. In the year since I downloaded this app (Aug. 14th 2016), I have read 397 articles of various lengths.

This is it! This is what I was looking for, a way to consume more articles, websites, ideas, perspectives in less time, while allowing me to do something else at the same time. This app is like having someone in the room with me, reading to me while I check email, stretch, feed the dogs, or just listen, and take notes.

This has allowed me to catch up on my reading, and even accelerate the amount that I read, simply by establishing the routine of using this application to read an article, nearly every day. Now I hunt for articles to read, on topics that interest me, topics that I have been curious about.

If you have an interest, I recommend this app to help you sift through the overwhelming amount of information out there, in a timely manner.

If you do not have any interests, I encourage you to explore. Use this app to help you find out more about something you’re curious about, or unsure of.


Takeaways –

  1. I have read (listened to) more in the last year, willingly, than in any couple years of schooling.
  2. I have discovered perspectives, authors, books, websites, and wisdom that I would not otherwise have found.
  3. I have inadvertently improved my trivial pursuit skills.
  4. I have discovered podcasts which are also helpful but in a different capacity.
  5. I have shed some of the debris that I felt was bogging me down, by reading others’ perspectives, lessons, and wisdom.
  6. I have; found, been exposed to, benefited from, or discarded more information and continued to move forward, in less time, and with more frequency than ever before in my life.
  7. Has allowed me to see over and over, that my perspective (my reality) is just one of billions, and there’s probably more than one way to do things.
  8. The information, knowledge, insights, and perspectives gleaned from this have helped me, which in turn could help someone else.
  9. This app has armed me with knowledge to have real conversations, if necessary.

Go forth, and read (listen).


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