Much of human knowledge has been scanned, transcribed, recited and digitized for immediate Google access. Today there are more teachers, preachers, coaches, consultants, mentors and “experts” at your disposal than ever. But the most overlooked, underutilized and divinely powerful resource of them all is you—your own inner voice, intuition and instinct.
I think many people have lost contact with their inner resource.
We live in an era in which everyone around us is telling us what we should do—the government, religious authorities, academic leaders, news media, commercial marketers, our bosses, our parents and now hundreds of friends on Facebook and Twitter every day.
I believe the deluge of all these available resources, ideas and opinions can overwhelm us, put us into a bit of a stupor and make us lazy. As Albert Einstein once said, “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” You cannot simply study the wisdom of others. You have to think through ideas yourself and tap your own inner wisdom.
Too often we are consumed by some epic hunt for the Holy Grail. We’re looking for someone else’s secret, answer, formula or big idea in order to get where we want to go.
Over time, and through practice, I have found that the answers to life’s most vexing questions don’t exist on Ask.com, YouTube or Wikipedia, but reside within us. The Holy Grail, as it were, isn’t out there to be found, but lies within us, waiting to be discovered.
As you know, I interview people for a living. It’s true that incredible insights, inspiration and distinctions can be found by interviewing and studying people who have already been where
you wish to go. But when it comes to the big issues—to those vexing questions and momentous decisions of life—the most insightful person to interview is read more »