The Most Important Skill to Develop Is Intellectual Discipline

“Children are going to have to learn something that I didn’t have to learn as much which is discipline, intellectual discipline — the ability to say no. There was no choice if I went to a store. The world my children are growing up in is exactly the opposite: An explosion of choice, an explosion of options, an explosion of opportunity.”

The world has changed, but the skills we focus on haven’t kept up with its changes.

Quartz details CNN’s Fareed Zakaria’s recent comments about why intellectual discipline is the most necessary skill for children (and adults) to develop.

He points out the ability to recall facts is unnecessary in a world where Google is in the palm of your hands, and suggests what’s more needed is an ability to wade through the noise, discern the facts, analyze perspectives, and develop your own expertise.