Mental Fitness

When I decided to divide fitness into 5 key areas I knew that it would be difficult to maintain clear divisions. Just choosing the five categories was difficult enough as others may choose to narrow fitness into as little as three broadly defined categories or just as easily expand to ten or more categories. I have chosen five, and there is in fact a lot of overlap between these areas. One area certainly influences all the others. This particular category of Mental Fitness may have the most carry-over into the other four areas. Mental Fitness implies thinking and certainly we should be thinking about everything we do.

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

-Commonly Attributed to Mark Twain; may have originated with Grant Allen (1894)

Most everyone has heard a variation of the above quote. A common variation reads “never let school interfere with a good education.” I do not believe this was ever intended to be a derogatory comment towards schooling. To me it means don’t limit your learning to formal schooling. We should all seek to be life-long learners. We are living in the information age and there is no shortage of free and/or low-cost access to good sources of information. We can learn practically anything we desire by reading a few books, listening to podcasts, or downloading an app. As Jom Rohn says:

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”

-Jim Rohn

The often quoted Jim Rohn has another lengthy quote about standing on the books we read to reach higher shelves. A lot of my mental fitness section will be about books and tools related to reading more books as a means to self-educate and expand our thinking. Here I will set out to review individual books that I have found helpful and I will also promote services like Audible and Blinkist.

In addition to books I will talk about my favorite podcasts and possibly some other online learning tools. I may also venture into discussions on meta-learning, memorization techniques, and the value of working on complex problems to improve our mental fitness.