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12 Mental Methods to Get Smarter

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Boosting our raw brainpower in adulthood may seem impossible, but that doesn’t stop some people, regardless of their IQ, from consistently excelling at their jobs, personal goals and breaking into new areas. How do they do it?

If we can’t increase our processing power, then how can we solve life’s bigger problems as we move up the ladder?

This was a question posed by the infographic site, Visual Capitalist. The site presented an infographic originally published by best-selling author and entrepreneur Michael Simmons, who has collected over 650 mental models through his work.

The infographic below, in a similar style to the one Visual Capitalist published on cognitive biases, synthesises methods down to the most useful and universal mental models that people should learn to master first.

Concepts such as the 80/20 rule (Pareto’s principle), learning how to learn, compound interest, and network building are summarised in the visualisation, and their major components are broken down further within the circle.

Which mental method will you choose to try out first?

We’ve added some Ted Talk links below the graphic related to the Learning How to Learn Method because they are directly linked with problem-solving, something we all have to grapple with in life and work.

View the high-resolution version of this graphic by clicking here. Read the original article by Simmons.

💬Ted Talks on the 📖Learning How to Learn Method

Learning how to learn | Barbara Oakley | TEDxOaklandUniversity

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley is co-teaching one of the world’s largest online classes, “Learning How to Learn”, https://www.coursera.org/course/learning.

She knows firsthand how it feels to struggle with math. Dr Oakley flunked her way through high school math and science courses, before enlisting in the U.S. Army immediately after graduation. When she saw how her lack of mathematical and technical savvy severely limited her options—both to rise in the military and to explore other careers—she returned to school with a newfound determination to re-tool her brain to master the very subjects that had given her so much trouble throughout her entire life.

Want to learn better? Start mind mapping | Hazel Wagner

As a lifelong learner with 4 degrees and a Ph.D. in mathematics, Hazel Wagner has spent her life learning how to learn. Hazel shares her work on mind mapping and what it can do for understanding, memorization, and retention. Hazel Wagner, Ph.D., MBA, CMC is a lifelong learner. She has four college degrees including a Ph.D. in mathematics from Northwestern University, which she earned while raising three children.

She’s published four books on mathematics and business, including Power Brainstorming and Business, Brains, and B.S. She’s a cancer survivor, a volunteer, an entrepreneur, a pioneer in Criterion-Referenced Testing in education, and a researcher on how people learn difficult subjects in mathematics.

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