Smart Thinking

main-qimg-8083c297a49398f61deef7deebbf6d17What makes people smart?  Back in grade school, the smart kids were the ones who memorized the material the best.  In college, they were the ones who took on extra activities and made the most of their time in procuring a job.  When school gets finished, the smart ones are the ones who produce the best ideas.  I’ve always been fond of this quote, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”  With 7 billion people on this planet, a lot of ideas are produced an only a miniscule amount of them are any good.  So what makes a good idea?

Good ideas makes people think.  Sam wrote this tweet:

This is smart thinking because it’s a play on words. The bed could act as a casket and also a nice place to sleep. When your brain has to produce thoughts to understand what is happening, that is good. Smart people like having to think to understand something.

Another example is a song lyric that says “I feel so alone when I’m without you.”  This is a normal feeling that when you are not with someone, you feel alone.  Now change the word without to with, “I feel so alone when I’m with you.”  Now this lyric has developed into something deeper and requiring more thought.  This lyric says more about a relationship that isn’t working out and the person feels alone even when they are together.  The contradicting nature of being alone when you are together makes for a thoughtful phrase.

Girl in the back is the hottest girl in the show

Girl in the back is the hottest girl in the show

The same logic applies to why people get so hung up on Game of Thrones. The writing makes it so that there is nothing obvious. Anyone can be killed off and all plot lines twist and turn. This makes people ponder what is going to happen next and this creates a big buzz.  True Detective, Twin Peaks, and all of the other best series have this same feeling. Everyone was guessing what was going to happen. This is a huge metric when deciding whether something is considered “good”. It’s why I know Twilight is bad. The more thought that something provides, the better it is.

So how is this concept applied to the real world? I’ve found that most people don’t like to think.  The majority of people are happy living their life and being told what to do. Thinking isn’t something that seems important.  For me this blog is my thinking.  It’s my outlet to what goes on through my mind and I like sharing it with others.  I don’t even consider myself all that smart.  I’m just a guy who has learned how to put his ideas into WordPress.  Out of the box thinking is crucial because the limits to this world are unknown.  Anything can happen and the mind is a powerful tool.

By |2014-04-07T20:30:31-04:00April 7th, 2014|My Brain, Tv|1 Comment

Thinking and Delivering

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Thinking leads to better performance. This seems fairly standard but putting it into action is not. I can sit here and churn out entry after entry of complete garbage if I post anything I see that I find mildly interesting. You raise to the next level by not only forming better ideas, but then taking your time so they are explained clearly and presented properly. This is why Twitter has taken off because people can see something and then are limited to 140 characters to explain it. This forces them to be compelling and concise which is wildly entertaining (for those who are good at it). This blog takes a little more thought.

I have a visitor counter on the right side bar where you can see how many people visit the site daily. Yesterday’s 459 was a number that doesn’t hit that often. What happens when people actually visit the site is that it puts pressure on me to not only post more often, but to increase the quality of posts. You see where the contradiction lies. I need to post more and think more in the same time period. People can rise up when this occasion occurs.

Life is also about striking while the iron is hot. Many people only get a short window of time to make something happen. Take Rebecca Black for instance, she grabbed the attention of the world with Friday and now followed up with the mediocre Saturday. Rebecca Black won’t be relevant 5 years from now but she is taking full advantage of her time in the spotlight. Longevity is incredibly demanding and most people are not up for the test. That’s why when you gain any type of recognition (this blog is barely that), you must understand that nothing lasts forever and going after it while you can is paramount.

What I’m getting at is that if I want to make this website more serious, I have to continue to improve and make better posts. Better posts require more thought in every aspect. I need to use superior words, have impeccable grammar, come up with different ideas from the norm, and do it in brief time periods. I think this is where most people quit. Once it gets to the point that you’ve reached a certain level with what is considered your full effort, you get tired. The people who prevail are the ones who fight through and keep at it. I intend to add this element to website and will hopefully show that in the coming weeks, months, and years. If you’ve read this far and are a new visitor, I wanted to give you an idea of where I come from.

By |2013-12-11T08:41:04-05:00December 11th, 2013|My Brain|0 Comments

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