Think about it. Lyrics. Books. Magazines. Advertising. News coverage. Politics. Press conferences. Court rooms. Films. Television writing. The internet. Speeches. Sermons. Counsel. Conversations. Arguments. Poisonous, crushing words. Elevating words. Personal, internal speak. Prayer.
Why do you write? I really appreciate Mark Batterson and his motivation for writing …
Writing is a calling. A book is a prayer answered. Write for today and tomorrow. Write to influence. Wonderful perspective here …
What is this naysayer within? You can overcome it by developing a “pro” mindset, accessing the dynamic of inspiration, and killing fear.
Resistance blocks the way to any growth or accomplishment – starting a diet, beginning a quest for spiritual advancement, or launching an entrepreneurial venture. The Resistance stands between the life we live and the unlived life within. ~ Steven Pressfield
Have you faced off with the Resistance in writing or in any creative endeavor … even something like a new health regimen? You have. If you’re human, you have …
I’ve recently read The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles.
In fifth grade, he was known as the dummy of his class. It was taken for granted that Ben could take an entire quiz and miss every question. “I was most likely to end up in jail, reform school, or the grave.”
Holding two to three jobs, his illiterate mother noticed that the wealthy families she worked for invested their time reading books rather than watching television. She made her two boys turn off the television, read two books a week from the Detroit Public Library, and submit book reports to her. They didn’t know their mother could not read. She made marks on the reports anyway.
Are we losing our capacity for concentration, contemplation, and reflection because of the internet?
Over the last few years I’ve had an uncomfortable sense that someone, or something, has been tinkering with my brain, remapping the neural circuitry, reprogramming the memory. My mind isn’t going – so far as I can tell – but it’s changing. I’m not thinking the way I used to think. I feel it most strongly when I’m reading. — Nicholas Carr
Nicholas Carr is a writer who has published in the areas of technology, business, and culture.
In his June, 2010 release, The Shallows – What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, Carr is saying that the Internet is changing us, remaking us in its own image. If this is true, I’m more than a little concerned.
I used to find it easy to immerse myself in a book or lengthy article … Now my concentration starts to drift after a page or two. I get fidgety, lose the thread, begin looking for something else to do. I feel like I’m always dragging my wayward brain back to the text. The deep reading that used to come naturally has become a struggle. — Nicholas Carr
Are we compromising our ability to read and think deeply? What about creative thought?
We scan. We skim. We are encouraged to sample small bits of information from many different sources, all in a rapid and distracted way. Using the Net in this way is actually rerouting the neural pathways in our brains.
Is the internet making us stupid?
Carr is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard University. He’s a researcher and a writer. Yet, he’s struggling to read after 10 years online. Others are saying the same thing.
The kind of deep reading that a sequence of printed pages promotes is valuable not just for the knowledge we acquire from the author’s words but for the intellectual vibrations those words set off within our own minds.
Read Is Google Making Us Stupid? in the The Atlantic (July/Aug 2008), the cover story that ignited a national debate about the Net and how it is changing us. Carr expanded the ideas in this article in The Shallows.
Q4U: Can you relate to what Nicholas Carr is saying? How will you utilize the potential of the Net w/o it compromising concentration, reading, and writing?