What Do You Stand For?

What Do You Stand For?

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  1. Your story reminds me of one of the old OZ books I read as a child. In one chapter, you could receive amazing magical powers if you could just pronounce the word Xyxzzytl. I tried my darnedest, but I never could say it. Axolotl is almost as bad. However, in the world of Authority, Google can give you almost magical powers by rating your site high for a popular keyword. Just hope that keyword isn’t Xyxzzytl

  2. Well said, Mark. Information overload can definitely cause paralysis, which I’ve experienced time and time again. Taking one aspect you really like and want to become an authority on and focusing on that one thing until you ARE an authority on it will get you a lot further than trying to know something about a lot of things and never becoming an authority on ANYTHING. Whew. Long sentence.

    Congratulations, Mark, for your second place win!

  3. Congratulations, Mark!

    “Online access means that kids now have a mind-blowing quantity of knowledge that often paralyzes decisions and inhibits actions.”

    Information overload is a dilemma today. It may always have been, but with different Kinds of information. My father and grandfather processed weather patterns and animal behaviors differently back in the day because on a rural farm that minutiae was critical to their livelihood.

    Today’s feels more important and more complex. And in many ways it is.

    Instead of looking for Authority from family members with more life experience, we turn to Google and wonder if the algorithm got it right in their first choices of who we should know-like-trust.

    For their world, knowledge of how to cook up a crawdaddy (our own local version of an amphibious critter) was infinitely more important that the far away existence of axolotl.

    Congratulations on your win. Well done. See you in Authority.

  4. Agreed, nowadays too many people trade learning for action and implementation.

    That said, I’d much rather be Googling a subject than spending 30 minutes to an hour back and forth to the library…just to figure out I picked up the wrong book. As someone who’s learned to balance implementing with learning, I would say having knowledge at your fingertips can be a very good thing if you can balance the power of availability.

  5. Very subtle but important point. Move from “knowing something” to “being known for something” … Nicely put.

    On a different but related note as a reader/consumer of infomration, I find that the ability to ‘eliminate’ or reduce the number of information sources in my life helps to reduce stress quite dramatically.

  6. LOVE this and I so had to Google Axolotl and when I saw one, I remembered reading about them in the Encyclopedia when I was a child!

    I may have to buy myself a set to keep me grounded.

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