Thinking about thinking

Thinking about thinking

By Rajesh Setty on Mon 20 Feb 2006, 7:06 PM – Leave Comment

I have written about thinking before. Here is one link:

Ways to distinguish yourself #78 Think!

When I talk about it some people get offended. It’s as if I am making

an assessment that THEY are not thinking and I am the ONLY one that is

thinking. Once I clarify to them that we are ALL victims of this

wonderful trap that will force us to “Thinking on the go”

meaning we have to think when we are doing something else. The society

and structure won’t let us to just set aside some time to JUST THINK.

In general nobody does it and you don’t want to be an odd man out – so

you get into the same trap.

In order to make a change, try to do carry out this exercise this week:


an appointment with yourself for about an hour. Switch off all

communication devices (cellphone, blackberry, email and internet) and

think about a topic that matters most to you in the near future. For

now, don’t worry about the outcome. It doesn’t matter. The key is to

get into the thinking habit and getting off the “Thinking on the go”


On a lighter note, I ask people these questions:

1. Have you ever run so fast that you legs were hurting?

2. Have you worked out for so long that your body was aching?

3. Have you written so much that your hands were hurting?

4. Have you eaten so much that your tummy started hurting?

Most often, people say “Yes” to more than one of the above questions leading me to asking them one final question:

5. Have you ever thought so much that your head started hurting?

Let me end this short note with a famous quote by Henry Ford.

“Thinking is hard work, which is why so few people do it”




                    – Henry Ford


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