Do you know how to get smart?

Do you ever feel like you’re smarter than other people? Furthermore, do you believe there is nothing you can do about it – that other people are just more imaginative or have superior problem-solving abilities in math and technology?

Reconsider your place. It’s much more likely that the smart people you respect are simply making better use of their brainpower than you are. They aren’t exceptional, either. In reality, we can all improve our cognitive abilities. Brian Tracy, the self-development guru, knows how to do it better than anyone else. And he describes this in his book, Get Smart!: How to Think and Act Like the Most Successful and Highest-Paid People in Every Field.

Assume you have a bank account with a one-million-dollar balance. Imagine you just have access to $20,000 of the million dollars. That must be a very aggravating situation, right? Yet, astonishingly, you have very little access to the enormous amount of brainpower that exists inside your skull. According to recent research, the average person only uses around 2% of their mental abilities.

To put it another way, 98 percent of our potential capacity is unused. But how big of a deal is this? We all have approximately 100 billion brain cells, each of which is attached to approximately 20,000 other cells.

According to Tony Buzan, a brain expert, everybody will produce more ideas than there are molecules in the universe if they could use all of their brain cells! Fortunately, each of us has the potential to tap into this untapped mental energy. All we have to do now is change our outlook.

The way we view and experience life is critical to getting the best out of it. A pessimist, for example, will only see challenges and negativity, while an optimist will see the world as full of promise and good. A pessimist will become frustrated by his failure when faced with positive criticism, while an optimist would most likely see it as an opportunity to learn and improve.

The way we view and experience life is critical to getting the best out of it. A pessimist, for example, will only see challenges and negativity, while an optimist will see the world as full of promise and good. A pessimist will become frustrated by his failure when faced with positive criticism, while an optimist would most likely see it as an opportunity to learn and improve.

So, which is the better option? Long-term thought is also emphasized by the vast majority of satisfied and prosperous people. In 1970, Harvard professor Edward Banfield studied people from various socioeconomic backgrounds and discovered that those who made more money were those who planned ahead – mostly for years or decades. There are the best people in the world. Their intelligence, however, did not stem from their IQs; rather, it stemmed from their perspective, especially their ability to consider how each of their acts would bring them closer to their ultimate goals.

And this is still true today. According to Forbes magazine, 290 new billionaires were born in 2015, with 66 percent of them self-made and having begun from nothing. Long-term planning is important for producing this wealth from the ground up.

To join the ranks of these talented people, decide where you want to be in five years and then evaluate what you need to do now to get there. This entails taking stock of your professional and personal lives, as well as your health and financial security, and then making important decisions based on that knowledge.

However, it’s important to note that having a brilliant idea isn’t enough; you must also put it into action. Establish a savings account right away and deposit 10 to 15% of your monthly income into it. Compound interest allows relatively small investments made at a young age – even as little as $100 per month – to develop into significant sums by the time you retire. Any moment you put off or concentrate on instant gratification will cost you in your later years.

Human thoughts are similar to the bubbles in a glass of champagne: each one, along with countless others, vanishes quickly after they form. Though there is still a lot of mental glitz and glam, there is a distinct lack of substance.

Unfortunately, many of us have allowed our thoughts to be consumed by these fast-moving, fleeting thought bubbles. We allow irrational, reactive thoughts to dictate our decisions rather than using our brain to think critically and wisely. When we get a ping on our phone, for example, our brain compels us to put down the task at hand and check it out. When anyone irritates us, our instant, angry thoughts sometimes lead us to react violently.

This, however, does not have to be the case. We will make better use of our minds. There are two forms of thought processes, according to Nobel Laureate and psychologist Daniel Kahneman. There’s the impulsive style of thinking we just mentioned, and then there’s the slower, more logical process of thinking in which we weigh all of our options and make thoughtful decisions. This slower way of thinking will help you make better choices while planning important long-term goals.

The good news is that the slower approach is relatively simple to employ; the longer you take to make a decision, the more chances you give your slow-thinking brain to provide the best solution. Here are a few easy techniques for slowing down your mind.

One successful technique is to wait 72 hours before making any big decisions. This will allow you plenty of time to consider all of your choices. A time of isolation does wonders for the sluggish brain. Spending 30 minutes to an hour each day in a peaceful, secluded location will allow your mind to think. Turn off all electronic devices, including phones and music, and allow your mind to flow like a river. When you’re left alone to think, it won’t take long for your mind to come up with brilliant ideas and solutions.

Finally, go through each stage of the author’s GOSPA model to consider long-term strategy carefully.
• Objectives: What outcomes do you hope to accomplish over a long period of time? What kind of growth goal do you want to set for the next five years, for example?
• Objectives: These are the smaller targets that will help you get closer to your key objectives. What level of growth, for example, should you target for this year?
• Strategies: How can you accomplish your goals? What marketing strategy, for example, would generate the necessary growth?
• Priorities: Determine the most effective steps that will ensure the effectiveness of your plan.
• Actions: The day-to-day tasks that will lead you to your objectives.
Going through the GOSPA model in stages will give your slow-thinking brain the time it needs to make the right decisions. Using it the next time you need to come up with a long-term plan.

Here’s a question for you: Why do 80 percent of new products fail and must be withdrawn? According to Forbes magazine, consumer desire for a company’s product or service is the most significant factor in deciding if it can succeed. Simply put, if no one wants to use your product, you will fail.

So, how do you make sure that people want to buy what you’re selling? All company success stories have one thing in common: comprehensive analysis. You’ll fail if you don’t know enough about your potential market. That’s what there is to it.

It’s a good idea to begin by asking others. There is no substitute for experience; experts in your field will almost certainly be able to determine the quality of your proposal, so ask them. You should also search for those who have taken a similar route before you. A quick Google search for your potential concept would almost certainly throw up details about what others have learned. You can also ask these forefathers questions in person. In a nutshell, go out of your way to collect all of the details.

It’s time to test whether people would actually purchase your product once you have a basic concept for one. But don’t just look for proof of the product’s superiority. This could lead to confirmation bias, in which you concentrate only on evidence that supports your point of view. Rather, you should act like a scientist.

This form, of course, necessitates total honesty on your part. You won’t learn what you need to know about your concept or product if it is more valuable to you than the facts. As a result, follow a complete ability to fail and grow – and measure your darlings on their own merits.

We live in a fast-paced world where technology progresses at breakneck speed, knowledge and new ideas can travel around the globe in minutes, and rivalry – whether from a competitor or a coworker – is fiercer than ever. All of us are frustrated in today’s hyper-dynamic world. Our lives seem to be a never-ending battle to adapt to and keep up with each new change. Naturally, you will never be good if you spend your life treading water like this.

So, what are your options for escaping this fate? Objectives. Those that have a specific target in mind know what detail to pay attention to and what to disregard. Goal-oriented people can therefore respond more quickly to change because they know where they want to go in the end.

True goals are uncommon, despite their significance. Just about 3% of people have a collection of well-defined, written goals to guide them through life. If you aren’t already a part of the 3%, you can do so right now.

First, get a piece of paper; targets are more successful when they are written down. Then ask what you really want to do in the next year or so. Create a list of ten things you’d like to do. Some of these objectives can be accomplished easily, whereas others may take the entire year.

Make each target concrete by writing it in the present tense, making it personal, and ensuring that it is optimistic. Next, look over this list of priorities and choose one that stands out as something you want to accomplish this year. If you’ve discovered this goal, it becomes your “major definite purpose in life,” as the author puts it.

Create a list of at least 20 things you can do to make this target a reality on a new sheet of paper. If you cross something off your list every day, you’ll be well on your way to achieving your ultimate target.

Check out my related post:

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Interesting reads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25614500-get-smart

3 comments

  1. 💜 Perfectly Pertinent Post EveryOne; maybe I AM NOT!!! a Rocket Scientist because I USE (Ultra Sensitive Empath) My “Smarts” to Mess with Peoples “Brains” then let them know I AM just Messing with Them as a Joke…point Being; if YOU!!! ARE Enthused YOU!!! ARE “Smart”, if YOU!! ARE Bored YOU!!! just can’t be bothered…basically it’s Horses for Courses; diversity in The Application of Intellect

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