He studied philosophy, astronomy, science, political economy, history, literature, poetry, and drama. He struggled to work out mathematical theorems and proofs. From his earliest years, when unable to understand what someone had said, he would turn the phrases over in his mind, battering his brow against them until he could capture their meaning. So now, with mathematics, he persisted “almost to the point of exhaustion,” until he could proudly claim that he had “nearly mastered the Six Books of Euclid.”
What does this look like in today's day and age? Where it's not the lack of information that's the problem - its a need for curation, need for figuring out your course carefully, staying true to it, not getting distracted and at the same time being flexible enough? What does that balance, that dance look like?