Scott’s Thoughts: The Young Mind

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 2 or 8. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

-Moshe Arens (born 1925); Israeli aeronautical engineer, researcher and former diplomat


One of the great perils of complacency during aging can be an increased resistance to learning. I’ve always thought that one should always have an answer to the question: “So, what are you learning right now?” Whether your answer is “German,” or “how to use Snapchat,” it’s vital that we keep aspects of our mind young through the destabilizing influence of new knowledge.

Don’t let the news cycle substitute for true learning, especially during an election cycle. While an awareness of current events is an important part of being an engaged member of society, it’s no substitute for the great mental exercise involved in learning a new skill, tackling a language, or exploring a hobby. The mind is a plastic thing, and it retains the impression of what we challenge it with.

In this week’s Tuesday Tactics we’ve dedicated the Great Read Roundup to trends and startups on track to introduce new ideas, technology, and even business models to the real estate industry. While you may find some of these ideas objectionable, terrifying, or exciting, ignoring them is no way to proceed!

Take Moshe Arens’ advice to heart: As long as you’re learning, you’re making an effort to keep your mind young.

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