You may have heard a statement that a university teaches you to think.
And yet, people who graduate have no idea what to do in life, how to get a job, how to communicate, how to entertain themselves, how to… how to… how to.
And when you ask them “Why?” the most common answer is probably “I don’t know” or “I’ve never thought about it.”
So, is knowing answers to questions is the most valuable skill you can have in your life? I don’t think so.
I remember when I went to school and college where teachers would ask me questions on their subjects and most of the time I would respond “I don’t know. I never studied it, but I read it.”
In fact, the student has never even opened the book and probably doesn’t know where it is. However, the guy would still answer at least something to avoid punishment for not knowing.
And while the situation seems very comic, it’s actually very scary.
I know first-hand what it is to look like an idiot when everybody in the class has “learned it” while you played computer games through the whole evening and now you’re standing like “Please, kill me.”
Unfortunately, very soon I learned that if you’ve learned a subject it doesn’t mean you can apply your knowledge. One reason for that is because you just don’t know how to.
And you know why? Because nobody taught you that.
And you know what? This is scary as hell.
When you move on with your life after school and college, you’re still looking for somebody or something to teach you how to think or do something specific.
You may have seen how people sign up for different courses, spend months or years learning something, but at the end of the day, they still suck.
They’ve spent their time and money on things they think will help them do something with their lives, but those things didn’t help. You know why? Because all their lives they’ve been taught to memorize particular formulas or receipts.
Answers to the questions.
What’s better? Knowing the script or knowing how to speak it and own it?
You can forget the script but you’ll never forget how to think because it’s your skill. It’s like riding a bike.
You can watch millions of tutorials on how to ride a bike and you may hire a coach to teach you the exact process of riding it but you’ll never be able to ride it because you’ve never tried it.
Because your coach’s knowledge and interpretation is different from yours. Your coordination and understanding is different. You thinking is different. Everything is different.
Unless you retell this article to your friends it will be just another “kill-the-time” or “procrastinate” article. Why?
One easy way to learn how to think is to immediately apply what you learn. How do you do that?
When you learn something new you can:
I think the most valuable skill a person can have for their entire life is thinking. It’s not that hard to learn how to think. Check out these articles that will help you with that.
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