How to Think for Yourself - Deepstash

People often don't really know if they're conventional thinkers or independent thinkers.

  • Independent ones think they're conventional because they're unaware of how most ...

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How to Think for Yourself

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When you're young, it's super important for you to consider which type of work you wanna be doing.

Because you can either be independent-minded or conventional minded. And it, more or less, d...

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To be more independent-minded, you've to not know what most others think.

Because if you don't know what most others think, you cannot blindly follow their beliefs and hence you will have to ...

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Independent mindedness is largely inborn, but you can still magnify it in yourself. 

Or at least, prevent yourself from diminishing it. 

There are 3 ways:

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To be more independent-minded, be sceptical.

When someone says something to you, ask yourself "is that true?"  

You'll find "yes" is not always an answer.  

So...

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To be more independent-minded, surround yourself with Independent thinkers 

If you be with conventional thinkers, you won't be able to freely express your novel ideas.  

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 Fastidiousness about Truth means being careful about the degree to which you believe in something  

Conventional thinkers often think if something is probable, it is certain.

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Don't let anybody tell you your novel ideas are almost like practical jokes.  

All mainstream ideas of today were "stupid" back in the day.  

Like letting strangers ...

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It's all about these 3 things:

  • Fastidiousness about the Truth 
  • Resistance to being told what to think about
  • Curiosity

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There's a definite correlation between having a sense of humour and being independent-minded.   

And there is also a correlation between being humourless and thinking conventio...

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Briefly, all novel ideas come from curiosity.  

That's how people feel before finding them.  

Independent mindedness and curiosity can predict each other.  ...

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  • Avoid situations that suppress curiosity. 
  • You cannot be curious about everything. So find those few things you care about.
  • Indulge in it. Investigate what you're curious ...

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  • Fastidiousness about truth and resistance to being told what to think leave space in your brain
  • And curiosity finds new ideas to fill it.

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  1. The one where you have to be "Independent Minded", that is, you've to be correct AND novel (think differently). Like startup founders, investors.  
  2. And the one where you have...

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