This year I have made steps to broaden my worldview. I think this goes directly with other Monday Tips like read a variety of books, asking questions, and never stop learning. I’m a lawyer working in civil litigation (right now) and a lot of my reading at work varies. A bulk of it has been document review for a case that deals with companies that machine parts, so a lot of it has been emails and other documents with technical language specific to that industry. I have also been reading a lot of case law about another’s water trespassing onto someone’s land or house. Tort law cases can be very interesting.
I admit as an attorney, you read a lot about numerous different areas. You have to so you can effectively understand the case and represent the clients. With each case I have to have a basic understanding of the overarching details so I can understand the minor details that I can use to argue for the clients. Reading at work broadens my worldview to a certain extent, but depending on the industry you work in, the reading at work may only help you at work. So how do I broaden my worldview? In many different ways!
First, with books. As many of you know I am reading 12 books (or more) this year. You can keep up with what I am reading on Goodreads and also with my quarterly review here. I am reading a variety of books in different areas. I am reading classics like Fahrenheit 451, science fiction like The Martian, cyberpunk noir such as Altered Carbon, and nonfiction like Sapiens and Alongside.
Second, with podcasts. I listen to a variety of podcasts that have a variety of topics from history to sports and music. Some of my favorites are The Podcast History of Our World (no new episodes), BibleProject, Flights & Feelings, Dissect and Raising Fame. Thirdly, I watch a ton of documentaries on different topics and people. I like them because I can quickly learn about a topic or person that may spark further reading or interest. Next, I talk to a variety of people from different backgrounds. I have friends from a wide range of backgrounds. Lastly, I try to experience new things whether its food or activities.
Broaden your worldview in any way you can. We have an overabundance of information nowadays. Everyone offers recommendations. You don’t have to take them from here but build out your to read or to listen to list from a group of sources you respect. It is also easy to get recommendations about specific topics you want to learn more about. Don’t be stagnant but keep learning and broadening your view.