Critical thinking skills are essential to success — any kind of success. Successful individuals are thinkers and they surround themselves with thinkers.
Consider Warren Buffett. He is known as the most successful investor of all time, and by his own estimate, he has spent 80 percent of his career reading. And what makes him so successful is that he isn’t willing to be a passive recipient of what he reads. Instead, he schedules time to evaluate the information he gets so as to form his own insights. This may sound counterproductive.
We’ve been taught to work more, sleep less, and hyper-focus on the things that directly pertain to our goals. We call it being productive. Buffett and those like him find thinking, reading, and contemplating more productive than taking meetings and “working.” He actively pursues knowledge.
Critical thinking involves being able to process information independently and to think clearly, logically, and reflectively. It is the ability to engage in rational thought and to understand and establish a connection between ideas. In essence, critical thinking is the ability to reason. It is about being an active learner rather than a passive recipient of information.
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