To Think By Yourself

To solve unexpected challenges, we need to think. And if you want to think correctly, you need to learn how to question and analyze different perspectives.

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.
To solve unexpected challenges, we need to think. And if you want to think correctly, you need to learn how to question and analyze different perspectives.

This week I was asked if I was not getting tired of the Walking Mentorship. The person I was talking with, wonder if after so many groups, so many different individuals and thousands of kilometers I was not exhausted.

Almost by instinct, I replied quickly with a no and a smile. Later while walking to “digest” my working day, the same question emerged in my thoughts and led me to question more deeply my answer.

My legs and my feet usually get fatigued after 20-25 km on foot, I can walk more but If I can choose I will probably stop for the day. That’s a fact.

To solve unexpected challenges, we need to think.

And if you want to think correctly, you need to learn how to question and analyze different perspectives.

Some studies claim, that until you manage to consider five or six different possibilities of answering a problem, you are not yet developing your view to any given question. How challenging can it be to think properly?

We need to develop the ability to see the challenge through different eyes. How do we do that?

1) Imagine different types of shoes. I share a picture to help you do the exercise. They all seem to exist to help you accomplish the same objective, which is to protect your feet from walking barefoot.

Try this – Imagine that your challenge or problem is a muddy path. How would you progress on it if you were using distinct shoe models? Would you move the same way wearing spike heels and hiking boots? What about sandals? Would you criticize someone with slippers for not being as efficient as the person with rubber boots?

2) Now that you agree with me that being an unrelated type doesn’t make you necessarily better or worst. It might become easier to get off your current position and try to experience other realities.

Try this – Pay attention and identify what the different possibilities are. Research, read carefully. One by one, step inside each opinion and build up a set of arguments to make “your” case has authentic as possible.

3) Once you have a good audience of different points of view, it is time to start your internal debate. Be prepared. It is going to be as much fun as difficult. Do not forget. You need to speak out while you still can. After you make a decision, focus on execution.

Try this – If the exchange of ideas becomes too complicated, use a journal to capture the pros and cons of each perspective. When you write something, you commit yourself. And when you commit, you always get closer to the truth.

Your clarity will emerge from this courageous act of rebellion :

To Think by yourself!

Are you still curious what was my conclusion about being tired? Well, all things considered (literally) I cannot be more happy with the Walking Mentorship in my life.

I know my purpose, and I try to align it with my actions every day. When I have doubts, I watch the video from the first year of the Walking Mentorship Programs. I look at the faces of people and I remember what happened in their lives after the experience. It helps me to think!

If you want to practice the incredible skill of Thinking, join me in one of the upcoming programs. Either Individually or within a small group, we still have few places available.

In the meantime, 🚶keep walking with me.

João Perre Viana

Founder of Walking Mentorship

    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    You might also like...


    Peter Lucchese: “I wish I knew…” or “I wish I could…”

    by Ben Ari

    Big Ideas: “Skills-based volunteerism; create the connection between people and the places they can make a difference.” with Common Impact CEO, Danielle Holly

    by Christina D. Warner, MBA

    “Don’t be too conservative when it comes to your future.” with Jason Hartman & Wes Garner

    by Jason Hartman

    Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

    Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

    Thrive Global
    People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.


    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.