Think smart people are just born that way? Think again.
Drawing on diverse studies of the mind, from psychology to linguistics, philosophy, and learning science, Art Markman, Ph.D., demonstrates the difference between "smart thinking" and raw intelligence, showing listeners how memory works, how to learn effectively, and how to use knowledge to get things done. He then introduces his own three-part formula for listeners to employ "smart thinking" in their daily lives.
Smart Thinking gives listeners:
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This book didn't have any new information for me. I've already read "The Power of Habit" and learned that it easier to rid a bad habit by replacing it with a good habit, such as replace "eating sweets" with "eating an apple" rather than simply trying to stop the bad habit. I've also read "The Willpower Instinct," which explains conditions that helps you strengthen self-control (like building up your willpower a little at a time like a muscle). This book also provided other well known techniques for learning something -- observe, perform, and teach. If you had ever tried teaching others, you would have found gaps in your knowledge of the topic as soon as the learners started asking questions. As you find the answers to those questions, then you really become an expert in that topic. If these concepts are new for you, then this book would be useful.
Markman lays out some useful strategies for improving your thinking. The tips aren't pulled out of thin air, as they are in some books on the topic; they're based on Markman's research and the research of others in the field.
One important technique is to evaluate your understanding of a topic by trying to explain it to yourself. Be honest in acknowledging where your explanations break down or gloss over a difficulty; then work on those until you *do* get them. (I've seen this suggestion in other contexts, where it's been described as the "Einstein technique," though I'm not really sure how that name came to be associated with it.)
Another important point is to recognize your mind's limitations - not just *your* mind, but *everybody's*. The human brain, according to Markman, can usually only process three distinct features of an experience; so he recommends regularly summarizing what you've learned by listing three main points. With careful selection, it's possible to use those points as triggers to a wider array of knowledge: the brain is like a fishing net, where latching onto one point can lead you to others. (My analogy, not Markman's.)
Markman offers some useful cautions as well. Especially in group settings, it's important to pause before making a final decision: feeling the visceral "click" when smart thinking leads to a breakthrough can be physically pleasurable; but you shouldn't let that glow influence your evaluation of the breakthrough. Wait a couple of days before you act on it.
Sean Pratt is a particularly effective narrator for this kind of material. He's done many titles for Gildan Media, and their titles in the self-development or "science for daily life" area tend to be a cut above the norm.
If you like this book, you may also enjoy "Five Elements of Effective Thinking" by Michael Starbird and Edward Burger. There is some overlap between the books; I found both of them helpful.
Your most boring professor writes a book. After listening for two hours, I learned that innovative thinkers apply past knowledge to new situations, and it is easier to stop a bad habit by replacing it with another behavior. Another book that would be better as a five minute TED video.
business books fan
good book with lots of exemples to let you reflect, about everything about education, innovation and more, i also do recommend this book, it is well read and easy to listen
Smart thinking was alright. Some of the tips are common sense but there are a few nuggets in there. Overall it was a little dry but I have heard worse.
More meat, less storytelling. Different narrator.
The narrator had a smug, almost flippant tone which unfortunately mirrored the tone of the book.
It's because of books like these that I so very much appreciate Audible ' s return policy.
Just a poster
I enjoyed the listen. But like many of the books in this genre it does get a little tedious. Worth a credit, just not a book to rave about.
yes.....should be required reading for anyone who votes & doesn't vote....
no......but couldn't wait to get back to it.....
Smart choices about decision making.
An important book for anyone who want to learn how people make decisions and help them make better ones.
Great book and very interesting to listen to.
The narrator has a great way of keeping you engaged and a pleasant voice.
"3rd reading keeps getting better"
brings together many modern self improvement ideas. I steadily add more to my tool kit and strategic thinking keeps getting easier and better
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