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The Advantages Of Associative Thinking

Each of us primarily uses a certain type of thinking: either linear or associative. And a key to finding success and creating the best value lies in recognizing which way you think and how your brain works. In this episode, Dan Sullivan and Shannon Waller explain the different types of thinking and the best approaches to take advantage of them.

Here’s some of what you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Examples of stories Dan’s used in his Strategic Coach® workshops to illustrate his concepts.
  • How to find what you’re looking for when you don’t know what you’re looking for.
  • What led Dan to decide to create his own school.
  • How Dan trained his brain to make certain kinds of connections.
  • Why everyone needs to set up the right circumstances for how they think.
  • Why Dan has enormous appreciation for people who think differently than he does.
  • How to test what type of thinking you have by using the internet.

Show Notes: 

  • Spend some time: It’s important to spend some time experiencing the way you think.
  • Internet associating: The internet is perfect for someone whose thinking leads them to jumping from topic to topic.
  • Linear education: In school, we’re generally forced to learn in a linear fashion, but that’s not how everyone learns best.
  • Unpredictable pathways: The ability to quickly switch mentally between different activities can be used to build unpredictable pathways.
  • Neither is better: Neither linear nor associative thinking is better than the other, and you shouldn’t be trying to think in a way that isn’t natural to you.
  • Partner up: If a project requires a different kind of brain to yours, partner up with someone who has that type of brain.
  • Requires every type: All projects that move people forward require every type of thinking.