We live in the age of information overload. We’re constantly being bombarded with information, facts, opinions, and theories from all corners of the world. Some are probably factually right, and some from self-proclaimed experts saying they have the magic formula to fix any problem.
This is why it’s more important than ever to be critical of your sources and realize that some of the information on the internet shouldn’t be trusted.
“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing”Albert Einstein
This is where the art of ‘critical thinking’ comes into play – and obviously, you can use it towards this post as well, but I’m going to share it with you anyway. We’re at a stage where critical thinking is needed in every step of life and it’s used to block out news from noise.
Critical thinking is second nature to some and for some, it’s hard to incorporate into their everyday life. That’s why I’m giving you five questions below so you can master the art of critical thinking as well.
What is happening?
This first question can be of small scale or even a global event. Gain some sort of comprehensive and unbiased set of information of what’s happening in the world. On a personal note, I’d make sure to get information from both sides of the story.
Usually, that’ll make it easier for you to find a middle ground and make up your own opinion not based on what others say.
Why is it important?
Your time is valuable and based on your values it’s important for you to figure out if something is even worth investing your time into. Reflect and decide if an event or scenario is significant or not.
If we had to have an opinion about everything and anything we probably wouldn’t be able to function. Simply put, not every piece of information or news is important to you – be critical of what you spend your time on.
What don’t I see?
Be critical of what you can’t see. Is there a missing piece of the puzzle or missing information to fill out the gaps? If you feel like you don’t have all the information, then be critical of making your opinion about something.
To discover the unknown is another skill and I know it can be hard to find something that isn’t there or have an opinion of something you don’t know. That’s why it’s important to be critical.
How do I know?
Probably one of the most important questions you can ask yourself. Going back to the self-proclaimed experts, you need to be critical of your sources. Ask yourself this:
- What’s the origin of the information?
- Who is / was broadcasting it?
- Do they have anything to gain / lose from it?
- Is the source of information neutral / biased?
- What is the position of the speaker / author?
- What’s influencing the speaker / author?
Asking these questions will automatically make you critical of your sources and how you know the information you know.
What else and what if?
This is personally the hardest one to put into action. Researching alternate ideas or solutions on the market is a great way to be critical. Are there other possibilities out there?
This requires you to do your research, find new sources, types of information, and much more. But mastering this and asking yourself this question is a great way to develop your skills as a critical thinker.
Being a critical thinker can be hard but asking the right questions is a great way to develop your skills.
I’m currently scaling up my own business and I have to be critical towards every step I take. As a business owner, I feel it’s important when pricing my services, putting together my package deals and aftermarket services, etc.
I hope that these five questions will help you develop it. I’m learning too and if you have any other questions, feel free to leave them in the comment sections.
Thanks for reading,