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The Importance of Objective Thinking

Updated on September 30, 2014

Some Quotes


"Decisions should be based on facts, objectively considered."

Marvin Bower


"A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity."

Eleanor Roosevelt

Objectivity


I wanna talk about the importance of objective thinking in order to keep on improving mainly as a human being, but also as a successful employee, businessman. parent, friend…or whatever you can come up with.


Example and Meaning


I first wanted to give a little example that came to my mind some days ago to help you illustrate and get the big picture:

I met a friend for a drink last week and I was introduced to a couple of friends of his. Although I really liked them and got along well, when I got home I realised that I couldn’t recall their names. My first thoughts were “what a bad memory!” or just “I’m so bad at recalling names”. However, I forced myself to think objectively and realised that I simply hadn’t paid enough attention when I got their names. Thus, what I will have to do next time in the same situation is pay close attention instead of let’s say play brain training games (which by the way I really like and find pretty interesting) to improve my memory.

What I mean by this simple example is that we tend to think is always someone else’s, something’s or even no-one’s fault, when most of the times everything is right within ourselves. There’s an appropriate Spanish expression that literally says “to throw balls away”, whose meaning is obviously blaming everyone or everything but oneself.


Here's a voiceless video that is meant to help journalist think and behave objectively in their daily work, but that can pretty much be applied to general thinking.

CONCLUSION


To sum up, we have to be able to think objectively and assume our mistakes, flaws… in order to get over them, carry on improving and become a better and more successful human being.

Although the example provided may look too simple, it was intended just to show you how crucial it is to think objectively in order to get better and succeed, and how important that has been for me, even through little things like the given example shown above. Because getting used to thinking objectively kind of gets you going when you actually need to face important decisions in your life, and not only that, but also keeps you calmer in order to get the best possible outcome.




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