Your Mind: Warehouse or Laboratory?

I Google things all day e'ry day. Rarely is there a day that goes by where I'm not looking up a definition, a wikipedia article or a "how-to" video on YouTube. If I'm curious about something, I don't have to flip through encyclopedias or wade through volumes of textbooks... heck, I don't even have to spell it correctly when I search! Because the internet opens doors for us to explore our existence with a few finger-clicks and a couple scrolls.

In ancient times (aka: 30 years ago) Googling something wasn't an option. And if you didn't have access to books, you were out of luck! Unless you had all of that knowledge stored up in that brain of yours or knew someone who did. Every little thing had to be committed to memory which meant we were constantly learning new things and forgetting old things, making it difficult to make major leaps in progress.

However, with the advent of the internet, all of the sudden our mental facilities are being repurposed from warehouse to laboratory. The internet has filled in the role of "knowledge bank" that stores all of the things that we might need to know for a moment but don't need to know for forever. With a quick search we can pull up those random bits of information or even explore a new field of knowledge all-together. Because of this, we are freed up to use our minds as processing engines to think and generate new ideas.

When anyone can Google anything, memorization of information is less important than the tools to put that information to use, or what I call compounding skills:

  • Communication
  • Logic & Reason
  • Troubleshooting
  • Creative Thinking
  • Organization
  • Persuasion
  • Writing
  • Speaking

Because of our often immediate access to vast stores of information, use your mind to take that information and meld it with other information to create brand new ideas, solve problems and think differently about our world. You never know what you'll create.