When boring turns interesting

Cal Newport shares a good quote in his recent blog entry, courtesy of composer and artist John Cage:

“If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.”

Discounting something as boring too quickly ruins any chance of finding it interesting. And most things become more engaging once you understand or even get quite good/knowledgeable about it.

Whether it’s a class, lecture, book, etc., that’s just not lighting you up, give it some time before you write it off as boring. You might be pleasantly surprised when boring turns interesting.