Self-Improvement: Easy Steps For Transforming Yourself Into a Great Mind

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"Great minds minds talk about IDEAS. Average minds talk about EVENTS. Small minds talk about PEOPLE. And the smallest of minds talk about THEMSELVES." So what kind of mind are you?

It's easy to spot great minds by the way they talk. They are intellectually-stimulating, inspiring, enlightening, and they make everyday conversations interesting. So now you ask, "What is it that a great mind has that I don't? And how do I become one of these great minds?"

Observe what you talk about every day.

What do you and your friends talk about when you hang out? What do you and your officemates talk about during lunch break? If your answer is gossip, gossip, gossip, it's time to step back and ask yourself these questions: Why do I enjoy talking about these people so much? What have I gained by it? How is it helping me with my life?

Look beyond what is.

The next time you find yourself or your friends talking about other people again, go beyond what is to the core of the person's experience. You may try asking these questions:

  • Do you think he or she (the person you are talking about) is happy? Why or why not?
  • How would you handle the situation (the person you are talking about is in) if you were in this person's shoes? Why would you handle it that way?
  • Why do you think this happened to this person?
  • How did this person handle the situation? Do you think he or she did the right thing? Why or why not?
  • What sayings or quotations come to your mind when you think about the person's experience? How do these sayings relate to the experience itself?
  • What principles do you have regarding the situation? Or: Which of your principles and beliefs were reinforced or challenged by the situation? How was it challenged or reinforced?
  • What have I learned from this person's experience?

Analytical questions such as these train your brain to go past gossiping, which is simply stating what happened and then that's the end of it, into processing and reflecting about other people's experiences as well as your own. After all, experience is the best teacher.

Feed Your Mind.

Just as we need to eat healthy food to keep our physical bodies fit, we need to nourish our minds with healthy "food" to keep it sharp. Read books on topics you find interesting. Watch movies with good themes. Make use of the vast resources available on the internet these days. Learn, learn, learn!

The great minds, or should I say Dynamic Minds, I surround myself with: Teacher Michelle (center) and Teacher Stella (right). Who says great minds aren't fun? :D
The great minds, or should I say Dynamic Minds, I surround myself with: Teacher Michelle (center) and Teacher Stella (right). Who says great minds aren't fun? :D

Surround yourself with other great minds.

You know what they say, "Show me who your friends are..."

Our mind is a great sponge that can absorb what it comes into contact with. Surrounding yourself with people who process and reflect is a good training ground for you to become the same way. Talking with other great minds will flex and exercise those "brain muscles". Once you get into the habit of processing, reflecting, and learning, you might find that mere gossiping now bores you like a recitation of the constitution.

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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Hahahaha I remember this photo vividly! Oh yes, we have so much fun talking about the lessons in life and learning much from the sharings. I'm grateful to be surrounded with great minds and hearts Teacher Susan. You and Stella belong to my inspirational list. :-) Keep up the great work of hubbing! :-)


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hehe... and I thank you and Teacher Stella for giving me the opportunity. :D Thanks, Tich. :D


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Good one Susan :) Ideas are certainly there to be discussed, but analytically. Espousing an idea without question and constantly arguing from it isn't really very different from discussing the neighbour's curtains. It's just a change of playing field. To be fully human, we need a creative outlet (writing, music etc) and an inquiring attitude. Enjoyed reading this one, thanks.


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

I think the last part of that saying you start off with goes "... and the smallest minds of all talk about themselves." My dad used to have that, or something very similar to it, hanging on the wall. Kind of intimidating in a way, but also very motivating.

Nice hub, push us to put in the effort to wrestle with things that have greater scope.


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

Hi Susan, the mind is a minefield. It's definitely best broadened. I've done several hubs on the mind and consciousness that may interest you.

Shades, does that mean I'm better off talking about you and not me?


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cashmere 7 years ago from India

Birds of a feather flock together. If you stay with great minds will you become one?


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

I like what you said, Paraglider.  I'm going to be thinking about that. :)  Thanks for completing the saying, Shadesbreath.  The smallest of minds really do talk only about themselves, don't they? :P

Thanks for the tip, Jewels. I'm curious about your hubs now.  And yes, cashmere. I believe that the more you stay with great minds, the more their "greatness" will rub off on you. :)


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Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

Yes Jewels, you are. I'll tell you what though. You talk about me, and I'll talk about you, and we'll both get equal airtime and yet not be considered "smallest minds of all." Deal?


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BrianS 7 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

You are who you share your life and time with as they say. Everyone should have a mentor and a group of stimulating friends. This is the way to a successful life, what ever you define success as.


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men are dorks 7 years ago from Namibia

I always say: our minds and brains are such wonderful instruments that be barely use, and yet we fill it with more garbage. Instead why dont we at least use our minds and brains to make the world a better place.

A hub to ponder over susan


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Jewels 7 years ago from Australia

LOL, Shades - it's a deal. I talk about you anyway, do your ears burn?


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Shadesbreath and Jewels: "...and the craziest of minds talk about each other!" :D


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Honorebel 7 years ago from Southern California

This is a great article and I agree 100%


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efa_09 7 years ago from United Kingdom

Great minds, great thinkers. Great thinkers, great vision.

Something to remind me about.


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thanks, Honorebel. And that's a nice thing to keep in mind, efa_09. :)


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Rik Ravado 7 years ago from England

This is a great read - full of wisdom and yet consise - well done. PS: Love your avatar - Must be one of the best on HubPages - its a deceptively simple image with much depth, balance and meaning.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

I agree with your point of view. A mind must be exercized so as not to atrophy. Thanks!


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thanks for the affirmation, Rik and James. :) And by the way, I had no idea half my face could carry "much depth, balance, and meaning". What made you say that, Rik? :)


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

It's a pretty face, I'll say that.


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Why, thank you, James! Now what about the "depth, balance, and meaning part"? Hehe... :D


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Lucey Knight 7 years ago from North Richland Hills, Texas

What a wonderful hub. A great way to reach out and stimulate the mind.


badcompany99 7 years ago

How have I missed your wonderful hubs, just too damn lazy to read my friends and you have a wonderful insight into people, loved that hub, short but perfect.


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thanks, Lucey and BadCo. :) I've finally reached the point where I am able to put into words what I have learned in life. :) I'm making progress! :D


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Susan, it would be very boring indeed to surround yourself by people of just one type, however edifying they are...I occasionally need friends who indulge my scatterbrain side too! :P


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

I actually like routine, Feline Prophet; being surrounded by one type (the intellectually-stimulating type) doesn't bore me at all. :) One doesn't have to be a genius to be intellectually-stimulating though. In fact, being intellectually-stimulating to me has little to do with IQ. :)


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buddhkist 7 years ago from State of Somewhere

Indeed, the human brain is very fascinating.


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Watch Tower 7 years ago from New Zealand

Thanks for this article it like so many I have read of late, are food for the mind and encourgment for my heart which brings comfort to my soul


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Quite true, buddhkist. And thank YOU Watch Tower for the words of affirmation. :)


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SelfImproving Nan 7 years ago

I enjoyed your article. It is good food for thought. :)


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blumajik 6 years ago from In The Right Frequency

Good advice Susan.

What's amazing is...the people that are around you that are not self improving in any way seem to hate you when your smarter...meaning they tend to be critical of new ideas or just being plain positive over all.


awakened minds 6 years ago

Self improvement surely helps a lot of people better their performance in life.


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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

"Self-improvement" caught my attention here. Well, who doesn't want it? You did a great clincher in your opening paragraph. I can identify myself in all categories, haha! I enjoyed my read all the way down. Thank you!


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Susan Ng 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Thanks, Lita. :) I don't remember where I found that quote in my opening paragraph, but I really like it as well. :)


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A M Lehrer 5 years ago from Southern United States

Good stuff! I love that quote at the beginning! Thanks for the tips & reminders!

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