Make it your own
Absorbing ideas is key to growth. Read. Talk. Expand. But, Idea absorption isn't enough!
Despite what schools tries to teach you, parroting and paraphrasing ideas doesn't cultivate excellence.
Absorbing the idea and then thinking about it: what you agree with, what you disagree with and what it connects to in your web of ideas.
Change the idea and make it your own.
This is why the margins of your books should be marked, the pages of your notebooks, full. Curiosity, not submission, cultivates learning.
Ideas aren't worth anything... until you make them your own.