As World Economic Forum and Visual Capitalist well-define and visualize, the way people use and harness raw cognitive abilities is what really makes the difference. Inspired by their twelve points regarding how people can tune their natural capabilities of their brainpower,we narrow the issue down to seven ways of building your mind and achieve the best version of yourselves.
- Set a goal with the right scope in mind
“Most people overestimate what they’re going to do in a year, and they underestimate what they can do in a decade or two or three or four,” Tony Robbins says.
One’s goals should always be reasonably achieved. By following the "Big Hairy Audacious Goal" (BHAG) people may define visionary goals that are more strategic and emotionally compelling. James Collins and Jerry Porras coined the term, referring to bigger and more powerful than regular long- and short-term goals, but also exciting and tactile ones.
- Define your “One Thing”
This is a simple but also strong concept to focus on what matters most in your personal and professional life. According to Gary Keller, American entrepreneur and best-selling author, people by focusing their energy on one thing at a time are living more rewarding lives; building their careers, strengthening their finances, losing weight and getting in shape, deepening their faith, and nurturing stronger marriages and personal relationships.
- Think and solve difficult problems like a genius would
At least this is what Elon Musk, technology entrepreneur, states in his “3-Step” First Principles Thinking.
- STEP 1: Identify and define your current assumptions
“If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.” Albert Einstein
- STEP 2: Breakdown the problem into its fundamental principles
- STEP 3: Create new solutions from scratch
- Manage your life and time
Let’s take a look at the so-called 80/20 rule, also known as “Pareto Principle” as it was named after its founder, Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, in 1895. But what does the rule say? People seem to divide naturally into what he called the “vital few,” or the top 20% in terms of money and influence, and the “trivial many,” or the bottom 80%. Pareto further discovered that virtually all economic activity was subject to this principle, in that 80% of the wealth of Italy during that time was controlled by 20% of the population. There is no doubt that the rule applies to almost any situation as it assists in understanding how to prioritize our tasks and time.
- Work with your emotions
The way we feel directly influences the decisions we make. Specifically, heuristics (mental shortcuts) are those which allow people to make decisions quickly and efficiently. To what extent, therefore, your emotions influence your decision-making and what impact might it have on your life? Several studies find that when you are in a positive emotional state, you are more likely to perceive an activity as having high benefits and low risks!
- Learn to unlearn
We’ve gone through learnability a lot of times before. But why learning to unlearn is so important? Of course, because we are living in the 21st century; the century where a software platform you have mastered will be upgraded to something completely different in a jiffy!
- Build large, appealing networks
Here we can focus on a correlation with Metcalfe's Law which states that the value of a network grows by the square of the size of the network .Thus, a network that is twice as large will be four times as valuable because there are four times as many things that can be done due to the larger number of interconnections. Because of Metcalfe's Law, the largest network always wins over smaller networks, even if the smaller network has some larger initial value due to some special-purpose feature!
To wrap it up, hard work is the byproduct of the constant commitment to a smart master plan!