In today’s world, we have more information and knowledge than ever before. Most of it is readily available and easy to access – all it takes is a quick search on Google or Wikipedia and you can pull up a fact about nearly anything.
Yet with this burst of knowledge has also come increasing complexity and confusion. We know more than ever before, but we don’t always know how to apply it and how to make the most of it. We have trouble putting this knowledge into action – making sure that it is useful and practical.
In many ways, the information age has made us a lot less practical and less wise with the knowledge we know. We know so much now that we get easily distracted, we lose sight of the basics, we miss the essentials, and we make mistakes when we know we know better.
Mistakes when “we know better” are often more painful than mistakes we make when we have to make a guess and just try our best. These mistakes are super important to avoid for a person like Atul Gawande, because as a surgeon a simple mistake could make the difference between life or death.
How do we not get lost in this ocean of information? How do we make the best of the knowledge we have, while still leaving room for the unexpected? According to Dr. Gawande, the power can be found by making a simple checklist.
Some of you on here may know, but for those of you that don’t, I applied to the FAA for an Air Traffic Controller position last April. I saw it as a complete long shot and thought there was no way I would make it through the selection process. For the last few months I have been going through all of the hiring hurdles and as of last week I am officially slated to start class in April. When I started in aviation, I was sure I wanted to be a pilot, but the further along I got, the more things seemed to be stacking up against me. I am very happy that I now have the opportunity to hopefully stay involved with aviation as a career. I have to say a big thank you to @jheath and @airplanes-and-andrea for all of their help thus far.