If you know me personally, then you know that I don’t watch the news, or very much television at all.
In fact I haven’t watched the news for about a decade.
With regards to digesting other forms of media, specifically socially media, I don’t consume very much there either. An occasional scan of my Facebook or LinkedIn feeds here & there, and that’s it.
This, the decision to stop consuming large chunks of popular media, has been one of the most liberating decisions I have ever made.
The moment that I stopped consuming all of that, I became free to shift my attention to learning from only the sources that I chose.
Mostly that is: books, podcasts, and reading of blogs and articles I subscribe to, or that someone recommends to me.
Guess what? I feel very well informed, especially about the topics that matter to me most.
Guess what else? I’m not scared. I don’t panic. And yes, I do hear about everything which is important, such as an impending hurricane, even when I don’t directly tune in to the news, in plenty of time.
When it comes to politics, which I don’t write about on this blog, I do pay attention and vote.
But it has long been my belief that my own personal daily choices, such as where I spend my money and time, are far more important and powerful than who is President every four years.
Who is President every four years matters, of course.
But what matters much more is what you do, today.