Tuesday, June 7, 2016

"You have to have a temperament to grab ideas and do sensible things..."

Below is an example of what I think is part of the genius of Peter Bevelin's latest book, All I Want To Know Is Where I'm Going To Die So I'll Never Go There. Besides the characters he creates to weave the book's narrative, he also combines quotes and advice given at different times to help synthesize an idea. In this case, two Charlie Munger quotes (from two different original sources) given as one reply in the book during a discussion about becoming wise:
"We read a lot. I don't know anyone who's wise who doesn't read a lot. But that's not enough: You have to have a temperament to grab ideas and do sensible things. Most people don't grab the right ideas or don't know what to do with them." 
"And if you get into the mental habit of relating what you're reading to the basic...underlying ideas being demonstrated, you gradually accumulate some wisdom."
I've mentioned the first quote before because I think it's so important. Being able to "do sensible things" with what you learn probably has a lot to do with the difference between knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge is one thing; but being able to turn that knowledge into something useful is wisdom. And how do you do that? That's where the second quote comes in: You have do develop the right mental habits. And there's a lot more about how to develop those habits in the rest of the book, which I haven't finished yet, but that I know will be one of the rare books that I will start over and re-read as soon as I finish my first go-through. 


[Note: You can also buy the book on Amazon through the distributor, HERE. Just click on the 'New' available copies and look for the seller 'intermountain_books'.]