To be able to solve complex life problems, you need to be critical thinking. This skill alone will push your career further than you imagine. Practical thinking as a skill is important in life and career.
What makes life super hard is when people can’t think practically. It is well known that the journey through life is a complicated process. If you can’t think practically, then, you are in for a very complicated ride.
We should consider our way of thinking. This is the first step to becoming a practical thinker. Your way of thinking may have you are trying to solve problems that are not even there in the first place. So, think about the way you think.
Time flies. There is only a couple of things you can achieve with your time. So, bear in mind that in the course of your life, you can’t get everything done.
So, you have to change your mindset about achieving many things. A practical mind will realize that life isn’t about how much things you get done, but the quality of life itself. Focus your attention on your passion. There is no time to spare on things you don’t enjoy doing. Don’t try to be in between. Make your decisions quickly. Let your YES be YES mad stand firm by your NO. Don’t shift from one to another. That is the way a practical thinker thinks. That’s how the mind of a practical thinker works.
Learning practical thinking as a skill has nothing to do with the study of pragmatism. Pragmatism is boring. Here is a list of four books you can study to become a practical thinker.
1. Pragmatism: A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking – William James
This book is a collection of lectures delivered by William James in the early 20th century. He delivered these lectures at Columbia University and Lowell Institute then.
Pragmatism, according to him isn’t a philosophy. It’s a way of thinking. The only thing is pragmatism is brutally honest. It has always been around so, no one can claim to have pioneered this way of thinking.
Being a pragmatist requires complete neutrality. A pragmatist only has faith in what works. They believe in something practical.
The good thing about this collection of lectures is that it is completely free and you can easily get access to it. These lectures might be imported from another century but you will find them highly useful and applicable in the modern world.
2. Screw It, Let’s Do It by Richard Branson
Arguably the most successful 21st-century entrepreneur, Richard Branson has had a very big impact on the lives of people in this century.
If you look at how his airline was born, you will be inspired. That is the most practical way of thinking that can be conceived. The man isn’t only wealthy, he’s an inspiration to other entrepreneurs.
3. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
If you need inspiration about living your life, you should read the autobiography of Helen Keller. You will realize that you can overcome all challenges if you look at the inspiring story of Helen Keller. Blind and deaf at 19 months, she is a remarkable woman who made the most out of life.
If you compare your struggles to that of Helen Keller, you will see the stark difference and understand how soft your problems are. Her autobiography, written by her at the age of 22, shows an insight into her thinking process.
4. Becoming Steve Jobs – Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli
While many people can rightly state that Steve Jobs wasn’t a practical man, he rightly considers adding aesthetics to practicality. He is known to be obsessed with how things appear. He once spoke about how Microsoft didn’t have any taste because they sucked in his opinion.
You have to balance practicality in life with the impractical sides of things. This is important to get the outcomes you want.
This can be the winning combination that you need for your life journey.