12 – Accurate Thinking

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Napoleon Hill Video: Accurate Thinking

Rules of Accurate Thinking

2 Simple Fundamental Type Of Reasoning: Inductive and Deductive

  1. inductive – where you don’t have the facts
  2. deductive – where you do have the facts and separate out the fact from fiction

Important and Unimportant facts
What is an important fact and how do you distinguish it from an unimportant fact?
Any important fact that will aid you to any extent whatsoever in attaining your major purpose in life.

Opinions
Most opinions are without value because they are based on bias, prejudice, intolerace, guess-work, hear-say evidence and ignorance.

“I cannot answer your question because I have no facts on which to base my opinion.” Woodrow Wilson.

A simple rule to avoid being misled by other people:
When you hear someone make a statement that your reason cannot accept as sound or you question, ask a simple forward question:

“How do you know?”
Force the speaker to either reveal the source or to reject the statement as false.

  • Never accept the opinions of other people as being facts until you have learned the source of those opinions and satisfied yourself of their accuracy.
  • Free advice is worth exactly what it costs.
  • Alert yourself immediately if someone talks slanderously as this should indicate that this is based on bias.
  • Never disclose what you want the information to be.
  • Anything that exists in the universe can be proved. Where no such proof is available it’s safer to assume nothing exists.
  • Truth and falsehood carry with them a silent and invisible means of identifying that they are true or false.
  • Follow the habit of asking “How do you know?”.Study yourself carefully as you may discover that your emotions are your greatest a handicap in the business of accurate thinking. It is easy for you to believe that which you wish to believe… and most people do.

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