Well, I guess we’re going to be changing gears here soon. I will be talking about the development of my trading culture, style, etc…the specifics of trading, once the class starts. But, what have I been doing lately? Nothing? Absolutely not. I guess you can classify it under ‘brain developing’. I was mind mapping a lot of that one book ‘Thinking, fast & slow’. That book is so compact with stuff it’s crazy. It was pretty hard to mind map, even a chapter at a time. I did 9 chapters. Then the last mind map was the complete characteristics of system 1 thinking. That…my friend…is a monster of a MM. I only wish I could put it out in here, but, I can’t. I tried so hard to make it to be an attachment. I just don’t know how. I can’t make it into a jpeg file, or any of the files that can be accepted. But, in any case, it’s huge.
Yep, that’s nice.
So, then what I did is picked up the book ‘Tinkertoys’. I did quite a bit of mind mapping on that too. Now, this book is really good!! It’s all about having, and developing a creative mind. I felt it was very beneficial to work on the right side of my brain (creativity). I picked up on some real good stuff. I didn’t get to the end of it cause it’s so jammed packed with great techniques on developing a mind that thinks outside of the box. For instance, let me throw this one out to you. It’s fun. This is a puzzle. This will be easier for someone to figure out if they have more of an intuitive mind, (Right brained as opposed to a Left brained person).
So, what we have here is a circle. And the alphabet. The idea is to find the pattern, what is shown, and complete the alphabet using the pattern. So, which of the rest of the letters will belong inside the circle or outside the circle? At first, when I was trying to figure it out, I thought there very well could be many different patterns possible. And just complete the letters with whatever way that would work. Boy…I tried for quite some time. I couldn’t do it. What’s the pattern? Simply, what makes the letters belong inside the circle and what makes them outside it?
Well, I’m not going to give out the answer. Anytime soon anyway.
I showed this to many people. And surely those who operate mostly with their left brain (logical, mathematical, systematic, etc…) will not get it. But those who do use their right brain (creative, no boundaries, flowing, colorful, intuitive, etc…) will get it. And guess what? My daughter did get it! I was surprised. But actually, not really. She is such the creative person. She loves to paint and is an artist. For Christmas she gave me a framed painting that she made. And it’s so lovely! But anyway, she goes like this…‘Dad, this is gonna sound stupid, but I think …’ And tells me the answer.
Man…do I wish I can develop a creative mind like that.
And that’s what this book is all about. It is totally awesome! I think I’m starting to understand that I, naturally speaking, have a closed off mind, for the most part. I mean, I see everything as most logical. That only makes sense to me. I like thinking that way. But, there is more to see in life than what makes sense. Like how about this exercise. Go through a day with noticing a color. Let’s say you pick red. And your job, for a day, would be to notice everything that is red. I haven’t done that yet, but I bet your brain would pick up on more red than you normally would. I guess the lesson to learn is that there’s more that we can use of our brains than what we do.
Here’s another one.
You have to link all 9 dots, with no more than three straight lines which will cross through all the dots. Without lifting up your pencil! So, there will be 3 lines going through all the dots, which have to be straight.
Of course, I couldn’t do it.
In any case, it will be a very, very long time before I can get to exhausting this book. There is a myriad of things to do to developing all of your mind. I’m going through and mind mapping each and every one.
I guess this is going to go by the wayside, because after Tuesday, it’s on. I’m going to be, nothing but, concentrating on the material presented to me.
Well, that’s pretty much what I’ve been up to Journal.
Every letter that is curved, goes outside the circle. Straight letters inside.
And… Start outside the box. About 6 or 8 inches out, above the left top corner dot, draw a straight, very slight angled line, and come down at the top left dot. Hit it on the left side, then go through the left middle dot around the middle of it, and then hit the left bottom dot on the right side of it. And keep going down. Then your gonna come back up and go through the middle dots (at a slight angle). Then way up there your gonna come back on down hitting the last 3 dots on the right, at that slight angle.
As is written here, “A surprising number of people will make two assumptions: (1) you must not extend beyond the outside dots, and (2) the lines must pass through the center of each dot. But these were not mentioned as rules.”