Thinking for Yourself


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  • Last year, the inability to produce subpoenaed e-mail resulted in million dollar—even billion dollar—lawsuits against U.S. companies.
  • Thinking for Yourself

    1. 1. ThinkingforYourself
    2. 2. Thinking for YourselfA buffalo story• Did you know that abuffalo doesn´t look upwhen moving as a herd?• If a few buffalo in a herdwere startled into running,the entire group wouldfollow, even if most ofthem had no idea what theywere running from.
    3. 3. Thinking for YourselfA buffalo story• The Native American hunterslearned that if they encourageda few buffalo to start runningtowards a cliff, the entire herdwould run off the edge.• They used this interestinganimal behavior to huntbuffalo.• The buffalo followed thegroup thinking and couldn’tstop themselves, even when itmeant their own deaths.
    4. 4. Thinking for YourselfImportant• Although it is quiteimpossible to lead peopleto run off a cliff, it is easierto convince them to stopthinking, followingpreconceived ideas andopinions.• And that is verydangerous!
    5. 5. Thinking for YourselfIntroduction• Do you think for yourself?• In these times of fast media andever-growing internet we havebeen bombarded by so manyinfluences that it can be difficultto know when we are thinking forourselves.• Unless you are a very discerningand an aware person, you mostlikely follow people’s ideasbelieving they are your own.
    6. 6. Thinking for YourselfImportant - Outside influence• Not all outside influence is bador detrimental to forming yourown views.• Unfortunately, when we stopthinking for ourselves, we giveup control and other people caneasily manipulate us, affectingour ability to make decisionsfor ourselves.
    7. 7. Thinking for YourselfIt is not an easy task• Thinking for yourself is not aneasy task.• Your ability to think is only asstrong as the efforts you put in toimprove it.• That means learning a lot aboutsubjects relevant to your life:– Finance, Health, Psychology,Science, Philosophy, Business,Politics, etc.
    8. 8. Thinking for YourselfLearn as much as possible• If you aren’t learning as muchas possible and digesting thatinformation, you’ll lose powerto make the best decisions andyou will be forced to rely onother people, like a buffalorunning towards a cliff.
    9. 9. Thinking for YourselfMain benefitsDevelopment of self-confidence andtrust in your abilitiesYou attain a greater sense ofaccomplishmentYou gain respect from others bystanding up for what you believe inYou are more aware and alert of whatpeople are trying to sell you.You learn to respect yourself andpursue what you really want
    10. 10. Thinking for YourselfMain obstacle – “Groupthink”• “Groupthink” is a psychologicalphenomenon that takes placewithin a group of people who tryto avoid conflict and reachagreement without criticallyevaluating options or alternativeideas.• The problem with “groupthink” isthat it hinders finding the bestsolutions, impedes creative ideasand thwarts independent thinking.
    11. 11. Thinking for YourselfStrategy 01 – Develop a strong sense of self• Develop a strong senseof self.– Know who you are, whatyou want and what is bestfor you.– Do not let others tell youhow you should look, feeland act.– Do what is best for you.
    12. 12. Thinking for YourselfStrategy 02 – Be well-informed• Be well-informed.– Gather as much informationabout a subject as possiblebefore forming an opinion.– Build your mental resourcesby reading, observing, andlistening for yourself.– Take time to reflect andevaluate.
    13. 13. Thinking for YourselfStrategy 03 – Be flexible• Be flexible.– Look for solutions andoutcomes to a situationfrom as many perspectivesas you can.– Determine the pros andcons.– Look for the potentialconsequences.
    14. 14. Thinking for YourselfStrategy 04 – Identify possible biases• Identify possible biases.– Are you being unduly influenced byyour culture, upbringing or otherpeoples opinions?– Many times we make poor decisionsbecause we begin with the wrongpremise.– If we take time to evaluate and judgebased upon what we observe firsthand, rather than what weve beenled to believe, we can arrive at amore appropriate and practicalconclusion.
    15. 15. Thinking for YourselfStrategy 05 – Do not give up under pressure• Do not give up under pressure,fear, or guilt.– Have the courage to stand up for whatyou really believe.– If you have a brilliant idea you shouldpursue it before letting people changeyour mind.
    16. 16. • The following are referenced in thispresentation:– Scott H Young– Erin Falconer– Ben Parr– Charles Choi,– Cristina Diaz for YourselfOur References
    17. 17. Thinking for YourselfOur Business ContactsFeel free to send us an e-mail.Our Website:www.licoreis.comOur Roberto de Paula Lico JúniorSkype: roberto.lico