Careerist's compass. Part 4. Your intellect weight for your career
- Step-by-step instruction on the development of a man’s No.1 merit
- Learning to think counter intuitively
- Learning to think logically
CAREERIST’S COMPASS. PART 4. YOUR INTELLECT WEIGHT FOR YOUR CAREER
No brain – no pain or how to train your brain
If you’re determined to make a career you’ll need knowledge and intelligence at least a bit above average. There’re just a couple of steps between your ambitions and creativity.
Step 1. Education, education and education. Beginner level institutions, courses, clubs – anything will do. Managed to enter a university at once? – Great! Failed? – No big deal! Any place that can fill the gaps in the knowledge you lacked at the exams will do. Career loves persistent people. I said persistent, not stubborn ones who fail entrance exams five times running without doing anything to improve their knowledge.
Step 2. Read. Read professional books and simply the best literature. Don’t read pocket-size bright paper-covered books – they are poison that kills your brain! Read classic time-tested works – they were written by the great, and a stroke of genius can’t hurt a career.
WHEN THE ANCIENT GREEKS WANTED TO STRESS SOMEONE’S WORTHLESSNESS THEY USED TO SAY, “HE CAN NEITHER SWIM NOR SAY HIS LETTERS”.
Step 3. Get rid of your “idiot box”! I’m serious! Throw it away! What? You don’t’ want to? That’s too bad. You see, the best designers made it so nice just in order to make you not want to get rid of it. It’s so stylish, so shiny… Just like the glass beads the adventurous Europeans offered the North American savages in exchange for Manhattan Island. That’s correct, the very heart of today’s New York. Are you a savage? Do you want to exchange your future to a coloured picture and a pack of agreeable voices selected with the sole purpose of making you like them?
The whole industry is working all the time in order to make you an obedient consumer. Do you really think you can stand against the industry that gets millions of investments and has got the best professionals working for it all by yourself? Do you want to have someone else’s thoughts in your head, have someone else’s opinion as your own, live someone else’s virtual life and to do nothing with your real one? No? It’s up to you to decide!
Step 4. Learn languages! Start with English – half the world speaks it. Then move on with Spanish – one fourth of the world speaks it. The other one fourth speaks Chinese. With just these three languages you will be free to make a career in almost any part of the world. Germany and Japan are the exception, though. But talking about opportunities of making a career, these places are worth learning the languages.
AS MANY LANGUAGES YOU KNOW, AS MANY TIMES YOU ARE A HUMAN BEING
Step 5. Make it a rule to visit a theatre, a museum or a concert no less than once a month. Not just for your cultural development. REVIVE YOURSELF WITH THE INTELLECT OF THE GREAT! A WELL-ORGANIZED BRAIN COSTS MORE THAN A WELL-CHARGED ONE Knowledge without skills is like a big zero, it exists, but doesn’t mean anything. Some skill will come to you together with knowledge – calculations formulae, grammar, programmes and tools usage skills. But there’re no “one-size-fits-all” formula. Career implies your ability to solve uncommon problems first of all.
Training attention and logical thinking.
In GB pupils finish the primary school at the age of 11 and take SATs in order to continue their education at a secondary school. This is one of the tasks: Imagine you’re a train driver. The train London-Glasgow leaves at 6:45 am. The distance between London and Glasgow is 555 km. The train goes at a speed of 50 km/h. On the route the train makes two stops 15 minutes each. The train has got 10 carriages of coal, 3 tankers of fuel oil, 1 tanker of ammonia, 6 carriages of grain, 3 carriages of timber, 1 technics platform, 2 refrigerated carriages and 1 post carriage.
Now scroll the page down till you can’t see the task text. Ready? Good. Now try to answer the question – how old is the train driver?
If you can’t answer scroll back and read the text once more. And don’t forget - the 11-aged English pupils don’t have a chance to do that. This is the way they separate those who don’t want to or can’t think from those who are likely to take up important posts in future.
Training counter intuitive thinking.
A company specializes in trading auto glass. The breakage rate at loading-unloading incurred serious losses. After several attempts to decrease the breakage rate with the help of the following suggestions, the most successful one has been finally chosen. The winner however looked rather ineffective at first sight. Here they are: 1. Bigger size of warnings on the package 2. Shipping the glass in special containers with filler 3. Wrapping the glass into transparent polyethylene 4. Teaching the shipmen how to handle fragile things 5. Presence of the company representative during the on-and-off loading 6. Change of the company speciality – the company starts selling something else. Choose the suggestion that seems to you the best and explain your choice.
Imagine you’ve got to sell a lot of used pianos to the tribes inhabiting the banks of the Amazon River in the middle part of it. You can find these tasks as well as hundreds of others training your thinking on the Internet. Where there’s a will, you know. Get a note-book and put down all the interesting tasks and solve them till the end.
REMEMBER, ANYTHING MAY HAPPEN TO YOU. YOU MAY LOSE EVERYTHING – MONEY, HOUSE, FRIENDS, LOVE, FREEDOM, MOTHERLAND. YOUR KNOWLEDGE IS THE ONLY THING THAT WILL ALWAYS STAY WITH YOU.