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How to Develop your Intelligence and Talents

How to Develop Your Intelligence and Talents

How to Develop Your Intelligence and Talents

1. Talent and intelligence are the words given when a person demonstrates a well-developed ability.

2. Demonstration of a well-developed ability and intelligence, depends upon the perfection of particular skills.

3. Perfection of particular skills depends upon careful and conscious practice.

4. Careful and conscious practice, depends upon accessing knowledge that is in the long-term memory (the knowledge bank).

5. The content of the knowledge bank, (long term memory) depends upon sufficient repetition and rehearsal of earlier short-term knowledge.

6. Repetition and rehearsal of earlier knowledge depends upon short term memory.

7. Short term memory depends upon forming a definite conception in the mind.

8. Conceptions in the mind, depends upon creating a vivid visualisation, or verbal theory, or full understanding of the subject matter.

9. Gaining full understanding of the subject matter depends upon a logical analysis, with accurate definitions of the objective facts.

10. Logical analysis and accurate definition, depends upon the correct identification of facts.

11. Identification of facts, depends upon the willingness to focus-the-mind and to attend to the evidence of the senses.

12. The power of the mind to focus, is a personal choice and is dependent on the ability to attend to certain specific elements of the personal field of sensory experience.

13. Personal experience: Sensory field of perception. All you see, hear, touch, taste, and smell.

14. Objective reality impinges on the nervous system, which has evolved to respond automatically to such stimulation.

15. Objective reality (the whole universe) exists independently of any brain, or nervous system.

16. We start with the world of objective facts, (existence exists).

Implications of the above:

1. Recognise that "facts are facts" whether you like them or not, know them or not; agree with them or not.

2. You must conform to the world facts; the world won't conform to you. To think the world will do what you want it to do, because you want it to, is naive.

3. Recognise that the primary function of your brain is to perceive, identify, evaluate and respond appropriately to the facts of reality.

4. Your brain's function is not to invent alternative realities, or to create fantasy worlds in which to live.

5. Your first job is to keep your eyes, ears and other senses open.

6. Pay attention to what you see hear, touch, taste and smell.

7. Sensory acuity is the starting point of all wisdom.

8. Ignorance is not bliss.

9. Never doubt the validity of your senses. To do so would be to invite a crippling self-doubt.

10. Trust your senses.

11. Remember that your five senses are efficient and, each second, they flood your mind with overwhelming amounts of information. Your mind must therefore select what to focus on and what to ignore.

12. Therefore, you must learn to selectively focus on those elements of the environment that are most important.

13. Don't focus your mind on trivia, and don't let your mind go out of focus for too long.

14. Develop your powers of concentration.

15. Don't take any drugs (alcohol and other psychotic drugs) that hamper your powers of mental focus.

16. Your primary task of your consciousness is to correctly identify the facts.

17. Don't guess.

18. Don't ask the media to do it for you.

19. Don't ask the opinions of the gang.

20. Your task is to identify the facts to the maximum degree possible to you in any context.

21. Be intellectually independent and self-confident.

22. Once you have the facts, then your next task is to understand them.

23. Ask yourself, why are they the way they are? What is their mutual relationship? Which facts are causes, and which are effects? Which facts are primaries, and which are secondaries?

24. Start building theories based upon a logical evaluation of all the available evidence.

25. Trust your own logical judgement.

26. Once you have formed your theories, memorise them.

27. And memorise the theories of other people that you agree with.

28. Memorise the principles that seem to you to represent truth and / or good advice.

29. Practice and utilise the theories you agree with.

30. A theory that is never put into practice, is a waste of time.

31. Apply every good theory and see if it works in practice.

32. If it does not work in practice, then that is evidence that the theory was not "good". All good theories work in practice, because all good theories are by definition, true.

33. If anyone says, "it's a good theory but it wouldn't work in practice" then recognise you are talking to a person who has a limited understanding of what a theory is.

34. A theory is an abstract principle that is either; a true description of reality; or an explanation of cause and effect or; a guide to successful human action.

35. Your control over the world will be to the degree to which you conform yourself to scientific, moral and economic laws.

36. The purpose of your brain is to discover or learn, good theories and apply them in practice.

37. Remember the phrase, "Nature, to be commanded, must be obeyed". Roger Bacon.

38. Practice and practice again, the application of good theories until your mind and body automatises the actions that are associated with that theory.

39. For example, music theory must be applied to all instruments, the guitar, piano or trumpet. All use the same theory of music, but with different modes of application.

40. Perfect practice, makes for perfect performance.

41. Perform at your best by continually seeking the best methods, theories and knowledge, and applying them in practice the best way you can.

42. Never cease your search for knowledge, because nobody knows enough.

About the Author: Chris Farmer


Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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