You can hack your way to being “smart’ by stealing the way smart people think.
Intelligent people use mental systems to process decisions, problem solve, and think efficiently. Creative geniuses also have systems of generating and evaluating their ideas.
Today, I want to share a creative mental system, developed by Edward de Bono, that exercises your brain the most.
When you break down the way people think you’ll start to see patterns that can be grouped into categories. Edward de Bono identified five different groups of thinkers: factual, emotional, divergent, pessimistic and optimistic. He saw value in each of these styles of thinking.
The “Six Thinking Hats” mental system teaches you how to effectively juggle these different kinds of thinking to achieve creative clarity. Here’s how it works.
Each different thinking style pairs with one out of six imaginary hats. The object is to wear only one hat for an allotted amount of time while embodying the creative character of that hat. Cycling through all the hats allows your mind plenty of time to look at your problem from every angle.
This mental system works beautifully with groups of people, too. Assign each persona hat that matches their natural strengths and watch the magic work.
Let’s look at these hats in greater detail:
Use this mental system when you are trying to tackle creative challenges and watch how much value you get from each new perspective.