Thinking Without Thinking, The Power Behind It

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Thinking Without Thinking, The Power Behind It


Deutsch: Phrenologie

Deutsch: Phrenologie (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


How many times have you done something without thinking about it, or made a snap decision that seemed to be the right choice?


On a daily basis we are using our conscious and unconscious modes of thinking. Inviting someone over for dinner is a conscious decision, but when someone next to you trips and starts to fall it is the unconscious decision that causes you to reach out and stop that fall. If you had taken the time to think about how to catch that person it would be too late to help out.


The Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

The Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


 Blink, The Power of Thinking Without Thinking, written by Malcolm Gladwell has a way of helping you see the world in a different way. It is very powerful to understand how our way of thinking and processing every day actions make a difference.

We assume we must take in as much information on a subject before we make a decision. Here are some common phrases we have all heard:

  •  Haste makes waste.
  • Look before you leap.
  • Stop and think.
  • Don’t judge a book by its cover.


 We believe that we are always better off gathering as much information as possible and spending as much time as possible in deliberation. We really only trust conscious decision making. But there are moments, particularly in times of stress, when haste does not make waste, when our snap judgments and first impressions can offer a much better means of making sense of the world. The first task of Blink is to convince you of a simple fact: decisions made very quickly can be every bit as good as decisions made cautiously and deliberately.



Over-Thinking in Business is Not Good Business

Gladwell tells a story of a successful car salesman, Bob Golomb. His philosophy was: “Take care of the customer.” He mentioned whether you are having a bad day or not you always put on your best for the customer.

Another very important reason Bob Golomb is successful, however, he never judges anyone on their appearance. He believes that everyone walking into the door has the exact same chance of buying a car.

His philosophy can be applied to any thing in life:

 ”You cannot prejudge people in this business,” he said over and over when we met, and each time he used that phrase, his face took on a look of utter conviction. “Prejudging is the kiss of death. You have to give everyone your best shot. A green salesperson looks at a customer and says, ‘This person looks like he can’t afford a car,’ which is the worst thing you can do, because sometimes the most unlikely person is flush.”


Everyone has first impressions of people they meet. However, it would be good to learn from Golumb. By contrast, he has his antennae out to see if someone is confident or insecure, naive or knowledgeable, suspicious or trusting and edit out impressions made from physical appearance.


Thinking versus War

The military play war games allowing the service men to practice skills for when they enter war zones.

The red team was lead by a commander who trained extensively before the games began and the blue team trained with rules and regulations.

When the two teams were put out into the battlefield, the commander of the red team trusted in his men to act as they were trained. There was not a lot of talking but a lot of doing together, using the unconscious mind. The blue team was very analytical and regrouped before anything happened. The blue team kept reviewing the situations and planned out their attacks.

As it turned out the red team won hands down. There comes a time when the leaders have to trust that their trained soldiers know enough to handle situations as they come up.


Thinking Without Thinking

“Blink” is a philosophy that can be applied anywhere in life.

Teachers need to trust they are teaching the students to be able to handle situations of life when needed.

Doctors gather enough information in their brains to perform snap judgements when faced with life and death situations.


The Delicate Art of Mind Reading

To know and understand more about the delicate art of mind reading, listening with your eyes: The Lessons of Blink, I suggest strongly you pick up a copy of this valuable book and read it from cover to cover.


Self Development begins with learning, then applying what we learn.

We learn when we share with others as well. One of the best ways of sharing is to blog about your adventures, your lessons, and what you are learning. When you share you enrich other peoples lives and hopefully make a difference in someones life.






Thinking Without Thinking, The Power Behind It


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