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A How-To Guide on Taking up Critical Thinking Completely

A How-To Guide on Taking up Critical Thinking Completely

We all believe that critical thinking is important, yet not a lot of people possess critical thinking skills. Just look around and observe how most people judge instead of think. Some people make decisions without giving any valid reasons, some make judgement on things based on only what they see from the surface.

To take up critical thinking skills effectively and not to let biases and distractions blind us from thinking right, we should understand what critical thinking really means, and what it takes to become a critical thinker.

The Strategy to Master Critical Thinking

9 Powerful Ways to Train Your Mind to Think Critically

You don’t need to go through a whole course on critical thinking to know how to detect fallacies in everyday life. Here are nine practical ways to train your critical thinking.

How To Overcome Biases And Expand Your Mind

To expand your mind, re-learn how to search for and process information without biases. Here are some very good ways to get over the biases in your head.

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How Successful People Think Critically, Instead of Listening to What Others Tell Them

Some effective tools to keep your mind clear and think critically.

How to Think Clearly Without Biases

Confirmation Bias: How It Reinforces Us to Believe the Wrong Things

People with confirmation bias tend to seek information to reinforce their own beliefs. even though the beliefs maybe false. Learn more from the article.

Cognitive Biases That Largely Affect Your Everyday Decisions

There are 20 cognitive biases that can affect our decisions and hinder us from success. Learn more from the article.

Stupid Thinking Errors We All Have Made

Our minds aren’t perfect, and we all have one or some blind spots that block us from thinking objectively. Learn more from the article.

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Thinking Mistakes That Block Us From Thinking Clearly

Sometimes, our thoughts are misguided, leading us to reach the wrong conclusions and make the wrong decisions. Learn more from the article.

We Cherish Thoughts That We Think Are Right, and That’s a Problem

We tend to believe that we know a lot, but the truth says the opposite. Learn more from the article.

The Skills You Need to Think Critically

Characteristics of Critical Thinkers and How to Be One

Critical thinking involves analyzing, evaluating, interpreting, problem solving, and questioning. Learn more from the article.

What Makes Critical Thinks Become High Performers

Critical thinkers are guided through life by their own observations, knowledge, and experience, and not be led.

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How a Critical Thinker Thinks

Wise Questions Critical Thinkers Ask to Make Right Decisions

There are questions that you can ask yourself to trigger the required cognitive process that critical thinkers have.

The Quick Way to Think Critically and Make the Right Decisions

Successful people know how to make everyday decisions quickly. They also know how to pick out vital decisions that need more time and focus.

What Critical Thinking Can Do to Us

Why We All Need to Think Critically in This Noisy World

Our modern society tends to squash essential critical thinking skills with simple directions, spoon feeding problem solving skills to everyone. Learn more from the article.

Critical Thinking Is the Secret Behind Warren Buffett’s Massive Success

What makes Buffett so successful is that he isn’t willing to be a passive recipient of what he learns, instead, he evaluates all the information he has gone through and form his own insights. Learn more from the article.

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How Critical Thinking Differentiates Ordinary People With Outstanding People

We were born similar, but as we grow, we learn from what’s around us and start to think differently. Learn more from the article.

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Last Updated on October 16, 2019

Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

Invaluable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Mistakes

Do you like making mistakes?

I certainly don’t.

Making mistakes is inevitable. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could be at ease with them?

Perhaps there is a way to think of them differently and see their benefits.

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Why Mistakes Feel Dangerous

Mistakes often feel dangerous. Throughout human history, our errors have often been treated as dangerous for a variety of reasons:

  • Our vulnerability. We have limited and fragile support systems. When those systems fail, people often lose their lives.
  • Real dangers. Nature can be dangerous, and making mistakes can put us at the mercy of nature and its animal residents seeking a meal.
  • Ignorance. Many cultures scapegoats someone whenever there is a failure of some kind. Scapegoating can be serious and deadly.
  • Order. Many societies punish those who do not conform to the prevailing orthodoxy and treat difference and non-conformity as a mistake. Even our brains flash an error message whenever we go against prevailing social norms.

We have a history of handling mistakes and failure in an unpleasant way. Since each of us carries our human history with us, it can be a challenge to overcome the fear of making mistakes.

If we can embrace the reality of mistakes, we can free ourselves to be more creative in our lives and dig up some interesting insights.

Why We Can’t Avoid Making Mistakes

Many people operate under the notion that making mistakes is an aberration, a mistake if you will. You can call it perfectionism but it is a more substantial problem. It is really a demand for order and continuity.

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When we think we can eliminate mistakes, we are often working from a perspective that sees the world as a fixed place. The world, however, is not so obliging. Like it or not, the world, and everything in it, is constantly changing.

Change is more constant and pervasive than we can see with our own eyes which is why we often miss it. Our bodies are constantly changing. The natural conditions of the earth change constantly as well. Everything, including economic and cultural systems have life cycles. Everything is in a constant state of flux.

We cannot see all of the changes going on around us since rates of change vary. Unfortunately, when we try to create a feeling of certainty and solidity in our lives or operate from the illusion of stability and order, we are fighting reality and our natural evolution which is built on adapting to change.

It is better to continually bend into this reality rather than fight every change we experience. Fighting it can cause us to make more mistakes. Finding the benefits in change can be useful and help us minimize unnecessary mistakes.

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Lessons Learned from Making Mistakes

Life has so many uncertainties and variables that mistakes are inevitable. Fortunately, there are many things you can learn from making mistakes.

Here is a list of ways to harness the mistakes you make for your benefit.

  1. Point us to something we did not know.
  2. Reveal a nuance we missed.
  3. Deepen our knowledge.
  4. Tell us something about our skill levels.
  5. Help us see what matters and what does not.
  6. Inform us more about our values.
  7. Teach us more about others.
  8. Let us recognize changing circumstances.
  9. Show us when someone else has changed.
  10. Keep us connected to what works and what doesn’t work.
  11. Remind us of our humanity.
  12. Spur us to want to better work which helps us all.
  13. Promote compassion for ourselves and others.
  14. Teach us to value forgiveness.
  15. Help us to pace ourselves better.
  16. Invite us to better choices.
  17. Can teach us how to experiment.
  18. Can reveal a new insight.
  19. Can suggest new options we had not considered.
  20. Can serve as a warning.
  21. Show us hidden fault lines in our lives which can lead us to more productive arrangements.
  22. Point out structural problems in our lives.
  23. Prompt us to learn more about ourselves.
  24. Remind us how we are like others.
  25. Make us more humble.
  26. Help us rectify injustices in our lives.
  27. Show us where to create more balance in our lives.
  28. Tell us when the time to move on has occurred.
  29. Reveal where our passion is and where it is not.
  30. Expose our true feelings.
  31. Bring out problems in a relationship.
  32. Can be a red flag for our misjudgments.
  33. Point us in a more creative direction.
  34. Show us when we are not listening.
  35. Wake us up to our authentic selves.
  36. Can create distance with someone else.
  37. Slow us down when we need to.
  38. Can hasten change.
  39. Reveal our blind spots.
  40. Are the invisible made visible.

Reframe Reality to Handle Mistakes More Easily

The secret to handling mistakes is to:

  • Expect them as part of the process of growth and development.
  • Have an experimental mindset.
  • Think in evolutional rather than fixed terms.

When we accept change as the natural structure of the world, our vulnerability and humanness lets us work with the ebb and flow of life.

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When we recognize the inevitability of mistakes as part of the ongoing experiment which life is, then we can relax more. In doing so we may make fewer of them.

It also helps to keep in mind that trial and error is an organic natural way of living. It is how we have evolved over time. It is better to be with our natural evolution than to fight it and make life harder.

When we adopt an evolutional mindset and see ourselves as part of the ongoing human experiment, we can appreciate that all that has been built up over time which includes the many mistakes our ancestors have made over thousands of years. Each one of us today is a part of that human tradition of learning and experimenting,

Mistakes are part of the trial and error, experimental nature of life. The more you adopt the experimental, evolutional frame, the easier it becomes to handle mistakes.

Handling mistakes well can help you relax and enjoy all aspects of life more.

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