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How Do You Think?

How Do You ThinkPeople often ask others what they think about various things. But what someone thinks about something isn’t really thinking. We all have thoughts, opinions and viewpoints. We reflect on things that have happened and speculate on what may happen. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

But having thoughts is not thinking. I think (pun intended) that real thinking involves asking questions. It requires us to ponder, to weigh various options, to connect things that weren’t connected before and ultimately to make choices based on our thinking.

So how do YOU think? What processes do you use? How do you test and clarify your thinking? Do you write things out? Do you discuss them with others? Do you test and question your own premises?

Metathinking is thinking about what we’re thinking about. And my sense is it’s rare that we do much of that.

I believe that our minds are better designed for critical thinking than they are as a filing cabinet. And yet our educational system seems more focused on information than on processing that information. I moved around a lot in my younger years and perhaps I missed the class, but nowhere in my formal education was a course on critical thinking. I don’t remember much discussion at all about how to think effectively.

With the vast universe of knowledge expanding as rapidly as it is and with entire industries being born and dying within a generation, this seems like kind of a no-brainer to me.

So the question remains. How do you think? And how much time do you actually spend thinking?

Do successful people think differently than unsuccessful people? Does it take a high IQ to think clearly, interpret accurately and evaluate with discernment?

What role does common sense play? How do we know when our facts are inaccurate or incomplete?

Do you consider yourself a good thinker? Do you solve problems effectively? Do you feel clear or muddled most of the time?

Can we LEARN to think better? It seems logical to me that we can.

But unless we ask the question, unless we think about what we’re thinking about, and unless we have a desire to improve our capacity to think more critically, it’s unlikely that we will.

I’m planning to write a book on successful thinking. And as I research the subject over the next few months, I will share with you what I find. I’ll share what I’m thinking and what I’m thinking about.

And hopefully that will be something for you to think about.

If You Ever Wanted to Write and Publish a Book . . .

. . . there’s never been a better time.

And I’ll tell you why.

SuccessNet has just published its fourth printed book. In addition, we’ve published dozens of eBooks and have eight current Kindle books available. One of them is even about HOW to publish a Kindle book.

Without a doubt, this latest book, The Achievement Code, was the easiest, fastest and most economical to produce and publish. And the reason is that we used Amazon’s CreateSpace.com to do it.

And you can, too. CreateSpace has made it easier than ever to publish your book at virtually no cost. Our only out-of-pocket cost to CreateSpace was $25 for an extended distribution service.

We did almost everything in-house. We designed the cover, and Dawn formatted the book, copy edited my work and proofed it. We did hire an outside proof reader, but they found only a handful of things we opted to change.

You may not have some of these skills yourself, so you might spend a few hundred dollars on these services. But for all practical purposes, you can get your book published without spending any—or very little—money. And that’s a far cry from the way things used to be. In addition, you can have it on Amazon—one of the largest sellers and search engines in the world!

If you are someone who wants to influence others or you have a business or organization you would like to promote, there is no better way than to begin to establish yourself as a trusted authority in your field. Saying you are a published author and handing your book to a prospect is head and shoulders above giving them a business card.

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Moneyball: A New Approach to an Old Game

Dawn and I watched the Moneyball DVD recently, starring Brad Pitt. We found it not only entertaining but also educational.

The film was based on a book by Michael Lewis: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. It opens with a great quote from Mickey Mantle: “It’s unbelievable how much you don’t know about the game you’ve been playing all your life.”

The movie is a captivating story about the phenomenal rise of the Oakland Athletics in 2002 that forever changed the course of baseball. They started by redefining the problem of a low-budget team and asking different questions.

There’s a lot more to the story, and I don’t mean to oversimplify it or spoil it for you if you haven’t seen it. But the approach they took can teach us a lot in terms of how we approach the problems and opportunities of business and life.

How we define a problem makes a substantial difference in how we solve it—or IF we solve it. Define it differently and we solve it differently. Ask different questions and you get different answers.

Bottom line: question everything. It’s the beginning of innovation and creativity. Why, what, when, where, how makes us think—and think differently.

I encourage you to rent the movie. Maybe watch it again if you’ve already seen it. And think about how you might take a different approach to solving your problems—or the way you SEE your problems.

You just might be the one to change your industry like Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) did in Moneyball.

And here’s a new movie from Simple Truths (only three minutes). It’s called Attitude is Everything—and it’s free.

Just click on the graphic to watch.