Use Your Head For Something Other Than a Hat Rack.

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Critical ThinkingGrowing up when I would always do something stupid and be caught in the act by my Mom the advice came back to me was,

Use Your Head For Something Other Than a Hat Rack.

Not that many of us are wearing that many hats these days, but it is a cross generational piece of advice whether we are assisting client's with applying our best knowledge in real estate or working our way through life in general. I am talking about the lost art of critical thinking. Do not be sheep people. Use your head!!

I think it may be a lost art form. We go to college for example and are challenged about the way the world works from looking at many different subjects.

To be a good critical thinker we have to make our OWN mind up about what is real and what is if I can put it bluntly, a lie. Our perception is our reality, and we can change our reality in an instant by changing our thinking. Do you believe a yellow light on a traffic signal means stop safely if you can or it means accelerate hard through the intersection to beat the red light? How about the why of the situation? Isn't a yellow light giving you enough time to stop and not get hit by another car wanting to jump their green light on the other side?

The media in all its forms, web, print and TV news bombards us with messages constantly. Then there are other people's speech and opinion. You can nod politely at all of this, but be a SMART critical thinker and make up your own mind about what you believe. Just cause someone says something or you read it in print, DOES NOT MAKE IT TRUE!!


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Sandy Nelson
Riley Jackson Real Estate Inc. - Olympia, WA
your Olympia area Realtor

Gary, you brought up a subject close to my heart. I believe the most important thing schools should teach is critical thinking. I try to teach my kids to question the things they hear or read and to think for themselves.

Jul 31, 2009 03:59 AM #1
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Prado Real Estate South - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

The media focusues on sensationalism and sometimes shock value in order to grab attention. It is up to us as parents and responsible adults to be able to differentiate truth from fiction and to teach that to our children. Great post Gary!

Jul 31, 2009 04:07 AM #2
Julie Cleland
Prudential California Realty - South San Francisco, CA

It's becoming easier and easier to never have to come across an opposing opinion that would force you to think about and defend your own.  It's often amazing and depressing what people will believe when presented with nothing more than a statement and zero info to back it up.  Critical thinking is becoming a lost art!

Jul 31, 2009 04:21 AM #3
Loreena and Michael Yeo
3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Prosper TX Real Estate Co. - Prosper, TX
Real Estate Agents

With all the different personalities out there, what works for one may not necessarily work for another. All I would say is give it a try and see if you can tweak it to suit your personality. Otherwise, just move on. I love critical thinking - you know that.

Jul 31, 2009 04:30 AM #4
Tom Boos
Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living - Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
Providing the very best of service to Sellers and

No one can argue with the premise of your post.  It is "spot-on" in all respects.  I especially love your Title though, since my Dad frequently used that expression when "advising" his children.

Jul 31, 2009 04:57 AM #5
Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Garay, as a kid I can remember being referred to as a "hat rack" on a few occassions:)

Jul 31, 2009 04:59 AM #6
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Gary - Love the pic:)  I never heard that piece of advice, but it is a sound one.  I suppose I'm still a "hat rack" here and there.

Jul 31, 2009 05:05 AM #7
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

I have not heard this for awhile-my dad used to say it! We are striving for this with our gradboys-we don't have the TV on and they do not have any video games-none! Their home is loaded with books. It is a battle as all their friends have a different scenario. Great post -love it!

Jul 31, 2009 05:31 AM #8
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Lol My dad used to tell me that exact thing all of the time!

Jul 31, 2009 05:50 AM #9
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Mine also used that phrase...when he we in a good mood. LOL 

Jul 31, 2009 11:21 AM #10
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate


Good sound thinking! Many do take the easy way out and don't think just follow the crowd or let someone else do their thinking for them.

Jul 31, 2009 12:09 PM #11
Trey Thurmond
BCR Realtors - College Station, TX
College Station , Texas Homes

Part of critical thinking is a wilingness to look at both sides of any issue we are faced with.  Unfortunately so many are linear in the thinking process. This is not necessarily anyone's fault . With all the exposure to different views in the media  these days it is hard not to at least have the seeds for critical thinking planted.

Jul 31, 2009 02:50 PM #12
Irene Tron
Valparaiso, IN

You've just hit on one of my pet peeves.  Often I've complained how schools are telling our children what to think instead of teaching how to think for themselves. People seem so ready to believe everything they hear without questions.

Aug 01, 2009 02:56 AM #13
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Thinking for yourself is a good thing and puts an advantage in your corner.

Aug 01, 2009 04:05 AM #14
June Lewis
Northwood Realty Services - New Castle, PA
Realtor Northwood Realty - New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571

Right now I am so tired, .... I am to tired to think ...especially critical thinking..think right now a hat rack doesn't sound like a bad option

Aug 01, 2009 01:16 PM #15
June Lewis
Northwood Realty Services - New Castle, PA
Realtor Northwood Realty - New Castle,Pa Lawrence Co 7247304571

Wait ...I just got blasted with a bolt of last comment put me over 100,000 points .....and I can remember the momentous moment by declaring my head is a hat rack and I am OK with it.  Not exactly how I thought I would hit that

mountain top...I thought at least a feature blog would put me over...Oh well...I will take the burst of energy and be happy with it. are that middle of the night person!!

Aug 01, 2009 01:21 PM #16
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