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Sheeraz Ullah


10 ways to be more observant and deductive


    1. Associations

    Our human memories operate through associations. The most effective approach is to link new information with something you already have knowledge of.

    2. Practicality

    When trying to comprehend a phenomenon, we often resort to practical applications. It's essential to ask yourself how you can implement it in real life and its current usage. However, understanding highly abstract concepts like advanced mathematics can pose a challenge.

    3. Context

    To gain a comprehensive understanding, @JamesAltucher made a great point it's essential to examine the topic's history. This involves analyzing the factors that led to its creation, the problem it aimed to solve, and the upstream cause and downstream impacts.

    4. Detail Orientation

    Take note of the minutiae in your surroundings that others may overlook. Pay attention to patterns, sequences, and anomalies. Develop a habit of being exceptionally observant of your surroundings.

    5. Focus

    Focusing on what we are searching for rather than what we are not is a key factor in finding more business prospects. To achieve this, immersing yourself in business-related content, actively seeking out problems to solve, analyzing examples of successful entrepreneurs, and brainstorming ideas is crucial. By dedicating yourself to your objective, your mind will naturally become more attuned to that direction, leading you to achieve success in the business world.

    6. Pack your mind with mental models

    To effectively observe and deduce things, it's helpful to explore diverse mental models across various fields. Additionally, developing expertise in areas that interest you, such as science, history, art, or human behaviour, can provide valuable context for observations and aid in deciphering subtle clues. It's important to consistently expand your knowledge in order to enhance your abilities.

    7. Probing Questions

    To understand the truth in any situation, ask questions that get at the root explanation or motive. Peel back the layers by asking "why" and "how" repeatedly. Question people and check their responses for consistency.

    8. Question assumptions

    Do not take things at face value. Look for alternative explanations and possibilities. Try to rule possibilities in and out logically based on observations and available evidence.

    9. Look for patterns and anomalies.

    Patterns can reveal a lot of information. Anomalies or deviations from patterns can also be revealing. Look for repetition, symmetry, consistency, etc.

    10. Talk to others

    Each individual perceives the world from a unique perspective, leading to varied observations. If you desire, you may connect with individuals who have read the text or shared a similar experience.

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