“Treat your mind like your money; don’t waste it.”
There is no doubt: the human mind is fascinating. And there is much a person can achieve when she uses her mind’s full capacity. The mind, however, needs stretching in order to keep performing well, and routines pose the biggest threat to growth. Whether it’s completing a graduate program or settling into a new job, it is often quite easy to fall into a routine and do the minimum required or expected with no effort to achieve more. Be aware that if all you do in grad school is study for exams, you are wasting your time, and mind. If all you do at work is perform the required tasks day after day, you are wasting your time, and mind. You don’t work hard to get into grad school or into a favorite job to let your mind go to waste. So don’t. Instead, get out of your comfort zone every day and engage your mind through activities and opportunities that challenge and change you. Your mind will thank you.