“If you haven't found something strange during the day, it hasn't been much of a day.” – John Archibald Wheeler, Born Jul. 9, 1911.
One of the features of life is that it will adapt to meet the challenges of the environment it finds itself in.
A hard life will make a body strong.
But in modern life, many of us live far from the kind of environment that would naturally shape us. So we have gyms and equipment to simulate hard labor.
And that's what we should do with our minds, too.
It's a safe bet that if you aren't encountering something strange – something you don't understand – something you have to look up more about – then you aren't challenging your brain enough for it to grow.
And if you purport to want to make a living off of that big beautiful brain, that's a problem.
You have to push into new territory. Not necessarily new subjects, but dive deeper into your own subject. The history. The science. The research. The fandom. The competition. The myths and misconceptions.
And as you fill your brain with stuff few other people know, your exploration ALSO gives you material.
Content that seems fresh. Solutions to problems that may have snuck by everyone else. Answers to questions people have been searching for.
What people call “brilliant” is basically just someone digging in the dirt of a given subject far deeper than most people would have found boring.
But that's where the weirdness is.
What's weird is interesting. What's interesting is valuable.
So what did you find out today about your subject that was weird? And how will that weirdness profit you?