Anonymous asked: i've been told i'm intelligent my whole live long life. all i'm able to do is throw pebbles into the vast chasms in my base of knowledge and listen for the plunk that never comes. i sense these great shadowy immense potentials just beyond the realm of my comprehension. how do i begin to make my intelligence my own and utilizing my "potential" before it becomes, lorax-style, the lone word chiseled on my tombstone?
it’s so easy you’ll think I’m joking
pick a book that you’ve read just to say you’ve read. White Noise or Moby Dick or Under the Volcano or something.
now read it again with no thought given to finishing it. read it like it was the last book in the world. don’t let any sentence slip past because it’s difficult and you want to get to the next one. treat it like a job. give it a month. take notes. make the book fall apart.
people who were called intelligent are raised to believe in great strides. brilliance and insight. geniuses. but those never exist. there are only people willing to crawl for longer distances than the average person could tolerate.