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A study conducted by the University of California – San Diego (pre-pandemic) calculated that each person takes in about 34 GB of information per day. Through mobile phones, online entertainment services, the Internet, electronic mail, television, radio, newspapers, books, social media etc. people receive every day about 105,000 words or 23 words per second in half a day (12 hours) (during awake hours). – Tech 21 Century 

In a world where most people unquestioningly accept what they are told, independent thinkers are a rare breed. 

There are so many people, places and things I owe for motivating and shaping me into the person that I am today. As cliche as that sounds, it’s true. For all of us! 

Over the past year, I have put more intentional effort into developing my character than I ever have. Through this process (difficult being an understatement), I’ve found one concept that convicts me with more depth than any others: the importance of thinking for myself. 

The ability to think for oneself is one of the most essential skills for a successful life.

Too often, we are told what to think. We are given the “correct” answer and expected to just accept it. Why? Why do we so blindly take everything at face value? Some could say it’s the easiest option… Trust me friends, there is MORE to life. Thinking for yourself can encourage you to spend time thinking about what you’ve learned and how it relates to what you already know. You will ask questions, seek answers, and challenge ideas. We should be people who are interested in making up their own minds. Your thoughts make you who you are, so when you stop thinking for yourself, you give up your self-worth and control over your life. Many people blindly follow what they’ve been told without ever questioning their beliefs.

Is this too much?? It can be heavy. Let’s back up and start with the basics: 

Who is the real “you?”

What do you want out of life? What are your passions? What brings you joy? What are your fears?  

These should be relatively easy questions that don’t require much thought. But guess what – they do; Because we’ve grown to not make these the foundation of our being. Once you can confidently answer these questions, you’re on track for authentic living.

The ability to think for oneself is an important component of personal growth. Unfortunately, we’re bombarded with information coming at us from all angles, and it can be difficult to tell what’s true and what’s false. 

As a human living in the digital age, you are now responsible for your own thoughts. It may seem like a daunting task, but your original self-expression depends on it. The moment you start thinking for yourself, new perceptions, mental models and new worlds open up for you.

You either think for yourself, or others think for you without consideration of your actual needs.

I can’t express this enough: The PURPOSE of Growth Co. is to help guide you into a lifestyle that is lead by thinking for yourself in order to further explore and develop your true character. I, Lexi Hernandez, don’t have all the answers to life and I’m still discerning how to live a life full of love and understanding. It has never been the hope that as a member, you come to get “answers” from someone who has it all figured out. I don’t find that to be effective leadership. I’m with you. I’m working on and through my own s**t! The REAL hope is that we come together to learn our OWN voices, beliefs and values and can practice respectfully walking alongside one another for all celebrations and fails in life. With Jesus at the core of MY foundation, I believe these things are achievable.

It starts with learning to think for yourself: your authentic future depends on it.