The Art of Thinking

If you look at Tim Ferris (click here for more info about him), you’ll notice that a major part of his success is his obsession with filtering. He forces himself to have the discipline to sit down, sift through data, and find a solution that is better than all the rest. It works for him — and it can work for you too.

Everything is about filtering in the end. Sports teams filter through players using different levels and leagues of each sport; Employers filter through prospective employees with job interviews; and entrepreneurs constantly try to find the next big idea that will make them rich. If you think about it, it’s very rare indeed to find somebody that doesn’t try to filter through information in some way. There’s a big reason for that too.

Information is tough. There’s lots of logistics involved and it can get complicated pretty quickly — even one wrong assumption can render an entire thought incorrect. All ideas are giant meshes of disorganized facts and figures that might or might not be correct. However, by sitting down and going through the components of an idea, a company, or a project, you have the ability to avoid the pitfalls of bad information and find an easier way to proceed with what you are trying to do. It cuts out the chances of humiliation and puts you in a more stable situation.

By going through the details of thought and obsessing over every single one of its components, you can reach an idea that does exactly what you want it to do without going through the embarrassment of realizing that you are wrong.

There’s another word for this kind of filtering: It’s called thinking.

Thinkers think about what their ideas entail in terms of implications and connections to other ideas.

Try to think about that without having a headache… that is, if you have enough discipline to filter through your thoughts.

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