By Shaibu, Enyojo Lawrence

According to the World Economic Forum, there are about ten soft skills in high demand that are necessary for you to thrive in the 21st Century and one of these skills is ‘Critical thinking’.

Humans make about 35,000 conscious decision every day, imagine if there is a tool that could subject your mind to making the best possible decisions always, this too is Critical Thinking.

Critical thinking is a reasonable reflect thinking that is focused on deciding what to believe or do, which will bring about positive changes in your life.

Reasons why critical thinking skills acquisition is important to you include:

1. Critical thinking is a springboard to your career success.

Critical thinking skills will help in your profession in guiding you to analyze information, think creatively, systematically solve problems, generate innovative solutions and even give you the means of presenting your ideas to people in such a way that they (your ideas) could easily be understood.

2. Critical thinking skills will help you in making better decisions.

This soft skill (critical thinking) will help you to be able to cope with everyday problems as they arise. It will help you think independently and even out of the box. It will also make you smart and help you not to just fall for anything anyhow as they come your way.

3. Critical thinking skills will improve your relationship with people.

Are you suffering from lack of the skill of handling relationships with people? Do you want to improve your relationship with people? Critical thinking is a good tool for you. It will make you more open-minded, helps you to understand others points of view, their strengths, and weaknesses and it also will prevent you from jumping into conclusions and once these are collectively understood, your relationship with people would be improved.

4. Critical thinking skills can make you happier

The responsibility for your happiness is not a function of others, but your function. Critical thinking will help you understand yourself, master your thoughts, give you freedom from cognitive biases and limiting beliefs.

Critical thinking skills can’t be underscored in this century, for they are very relevant to any sector/field. Most professions these days require more than general intelligence. They require in addition the ability to collect, analyze and think about data, and not all that, your personal life is enriched when these same skills are applied to problems in everyday life involving judgment and choice.

Join the train of the ‘influencers’ by acquiring the skills of Critical Thinking.

Read about emotional intelligence as important soft skills.


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