If you want knowledge, you should read. If you want clarity, you should write.
I think we don't read enough although that may be because "Input" is my #1 Strength (from Strengths Finder). Reading serves as a gateway to so much knowledge and intellectual growth. It opens our minds to new ideas, perspectives, and experiences. Through reading, we can explore diverse genres and encounter authors from various backgrounds, expanding our understanding of the world. Moreover, reading cultivates critical thinking skills by encouraging us to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize information. It enhances our problem-solving abilities and broadens our vocabulary and language proficiency, empowering us to express our thoughts and ideas more effectively. It gives us points that we can later connect in new and interesting ways; more data to work with and shape.
I've made a deliberate practice of writing more. Initially, it was just into a journal but lately, it has been out into the world with articles and posts. Writing is a powerful tool for honing clarity of thought and expression. The process of writing requires us to organize and structure our ideas, facilitating a deeper understanding of our thoughts. By crafting a logical flow and coherent structure, we can communicate our message more effectively. Various times I've found myself "writing" something in my head only later to discover what I put to paper doesn't match up. Writing also fosters self-reflection and introspection, allowing us to delve into the depths of our ideas and refine them. Through practice, we can sharpen our ability to analyze complex concepts and articulate them clearly and concisely, enhancing our overall communication skills. And then we don't artificially fill in the gaps like we do when we hold ideas/thoughts/posts in our head alone.
I firmly believe that the connection between reading for knowledge and writing for clarity is of utmost importance. As I delve into the realms of literature, I open myself up to a world of diverse ideas and perspectives, expanding my knowledge and understanding. Through writing, I find the means to clarify and articulate my thoughts with precision. It is through this symbiotic relationship that I deepen my comprehension of complex concepts, reinforcing my knowledge and prompting further exploration. Even more importantly, I find myself able to better transmit my knowledge and ideas to others.