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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Too Much Information. Not.

E-com exec Hiroshi Mikitani says you can't get too much info.

“If anything, to be successful, one must embrace all kinds of information, all the time.”

Mikitani cites a passage from the 16th-century Book of Five Rings, by samurai-author Miyamoto Musashi.

Observing a carpenter at work, Musashi sees ways for readers to sharpen their skills:

The carpenter will make it a habit of maintaining his tools sharp so they will cut well. Using these sharp tools masterfully, he can make miniature shrines, writing shelves, tables, paper lanterns, chopping boards and pot-lids. These are the specialties of the carpenter. Things are similar for the soldier. You ought to think deeply about this.

"Answers and ideas are often hidden within completely unrelated things," Mikitani says. 

To spot them, you must approach the world with curiosity.

"There is nothing in the world unrelated to your life. That fire hose of information that douses you constantly is a blessing, not a curse."

The point? 

2 comments:

  1. I agree you have to stay open for inspiration, but for me the issue is the quality of the information, not the quantity. It's easy to get swamped in a constant firehose stream of data. I think we have to pick and choose where we place our attention. And then, yes, be open for inspiration.

    Dan

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  2. You are certainly right, Dan. Most talk radio and reality TV programs don't merit attention. When it comes to sources like that, any information is too much.

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