It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment.
Carl Gauss is the princeps mathematicorum (Prince of Mathematicians) and my personal mathematical hero. Someday I’ll write an ode to him. I’ll let you know when I do.
I love this quote because it reminds me to take joy in the process, not just the end result. Too often I overcommit myself, filling up my schedule with things to learn and accomplish until I get stressed managing it all. Today Gauss reminded me that I study not just to acquire information, but to grow my mind. I work not just for the wages I earn, but because I love what I do.
Instead of mindlessly rushing to get things done, I need to remind myself why I choose to do them in the first place. Today I resolve to step back, slow down, and enjoy each moment I spend learning and applying new knowledge.
I encourage you to do the same.