Why It Pays To Do Your Own Thinking
There are a number of things that people believe that we should do in our morning routine. We should be exercising as soon as we wake up, do something that we enjoy doing like reading, meditating or writing. We’ve also got to be eating a certain way if we want to achieve results.
There’s a lot of expectations for what people ought to do in order to achieve things. Of course, this is backed by data, experiences, and more and we should be following them. However, we shouldn’t be following those things for the sole sake that a professional said so. Let alone your own family members or friends.
If we followed everything professionals said for us to follow we’d have a “morning routine” that would last for several hours. So instead we pick and choose the things that we prefer and can manage to do from day to day. But that doesn’t come from the professionals.
That’s from ourselves.
And it pays to do our own thinking, and grow at our own pace.
Consider Holding Back
Information is abundant and from that, a lot of us have given helpful advice to other people. This can be in the form of a conversation or written out. And while some of us mean well by it all, there is an underlying expectation that people apply our advice.
We believe that people will grow from it.
And while that may be true, I think it pays for us professionals and individuals alike who provide advice to hold back a bit. From not sharing the full details, but also to not provide advice in that area.
Because it pays for us to do our thinking, and it pays for others to do their own thinking as well.
I’m suggesting this not for the sake of upselling a product or service or that we are unqualified to provide advice. But learning and growing go both ways.
People can seek help if they are stuck, however, they shouldn’t seek help the entire way. But if you want to be growing further, hold back on seeking help and do your own thinking.
Why Thinking Independently Helps
I’m not against research or discovery of something interesting. A lot of people have a lot to say and provide and we can learn from each other. But doing our own thinking allows us to better understand ourselves and develop ourselves.
The reason I know this is because a lot of what I believe in and say are things from my own experiences and are spent hours upon hours of talking to myself and understanding myself. There was certainly some research and videos that have opened up my eyes, but I found that a lot of what I was saying — with no research — were things that other people were saying.
There is a different level of satisfaction when you make a discovery on your own that’s another professional was talking about. For me, a lot of what I was saying echoed some of the top neuroscientists in the world. This isn’t a means of inflating my own ego, however, it felt reassuring to know that what I was saying and doing was not misguided.
Doing your own research is great, but I think we can grow, explain, and help others better when we lay down our thoughts like this. Relying on our own thinking, understanding of the topic and the world.
For other individuals, I think it pays to listen but not always follow what is presented to them. There is a wealth of information that proves for and against an idea. In the end, what matters is what appeals to you the most and what you want to be picking up.
But more importantly is what you’ll do with that information once you have it. Will you expand on it your own way? How will you shape it?
This, in essence, leads to the discovery of something new. Something that you created.
To your growth!
Eric S Burdon
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