Critical thinking is the ability to assess an issue or situation, collect relevant information, conceptualize and analyze it to draw conclusions.  A critical thinker is able to:
- understand the logical connections between ideas
- identify, construct and evaluate arguments
- detect inconsistencies and common mistakes in reasoning
- solve problems systematically
- identify the relevance and importance of ideas
- reflect on the justification of one's own beliefs and values
The combination of critical thinking with intuition enables a person to ‘fill the gaps’ and make inferences with incomplete information to lead to effective decisions.

The Science Behind Gut Feelings and Making Data-Driven Decisions

Star Trek fans know that Captain Kirk is decisive and acts on his gut feelings. Sometimes he’s right, but other decisions lead to disaster. Mr. Spock, on the other hand, is logical, dispassionate and usually opposed to Captain Kirk. They each make mistakes as individuals, but as a team, they bring their strengths together to make better decisions.

Ten Things Chess Taught Me About Business and Corporate Strategy

If you really want to learn about doing business, chess is the game to play. The lessons it offers to the aspiring entrepreneur are more important and practical than any business game I know.
 

Chess and Business Strategy

Author: Alex Chang

Like business, chess strategy has many components that I think are relatable.  Chess can be broken down into openings, tactics, and endgame. All three can teach us about business strategy. The mindset you have during a game of chess is also very important.
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First Principles and the Art of Thinking like Elon Musk

Like Aristotle, Euclid, Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla; Elon has a method to his “thinking different” madness. It’s called First principles thinking and anyone can use it.

Relax Your Mind in 40 Seconds At Your Desk

In a new study published in the journal Environmental Psychology, researchers found that people who simply looked at a photo of nature for only 40 seconds had improved focus and relieve stress. That’s right, they didn’t even need to go outside! (Though clearly, the effect still applies if you do.) A micro-break viewing a green, but not concrete roof city scene, can sustain attention and restore the good mental condition. Set a timer of 40s to take a break. Finish all the green nature pictures below, or even pick the one you like to set as the desktop wallpaper. P.S.

If You Are Highly Intelligent, You May Have These Six Struggles

Most people regard highly intelligent people as super humans who have it all figured out simply because their brains can help them in any life situation and they don’t have to struggle with the problems of the ordinary people. Yet, the reality is quite different, as no matter how intelligent someone may be, they are, at the end of the day, just human. They struggle with issues somewhat different than those of the rest of the world, but still challenging and difficult.

7 Reasons Why Most Entrepreneurs Fail in Business

Entrepreneurship is a way of life that offers unlimited possibilities to those who truly believe in it and live by it. But at the same time, entrepreneurship is a way of life that can totally alter the course of your life if misunderstood.

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5 Steps to Building Your Intelligence at Any Age

(Based on Carol Dweck’s book, MINDSET)