The Analytical Servant

The Value of an Analytical Mind

An analytical mind is valuable and a finely tuned one even more so. One of the reasons I am learning to code is because I want to improve my logical and reasoning skills. This stems from a desire to improve my career prospects and the quality of my life decisions in general.

An analytical mind is what allows us to break problems down and compartmentalise the world around us, without such a capacity I would imagine we would still be roaming the savanna's somewhere in Africa. It is well worth the investment in time, money and energy to allow your analytical mind to become more efficient, but it is also important to recognoise that it is a tool. As human beings we often get into trouble when we lose sight of this fact. The servant becomes the master and we often remain blissfully unaware.

Living in an Analytical World

What if I don't get this job? What if I never make any money? What if I never have my own family? Why do I care about the opinions of people I know I don't even respect?

Have you ever found yourself asking any of these questions? I know I have. Welcome to the analytical world! This kind of thinking can become so normal for us that we accept it as how living in the real world works, when in fact it is just the opposite. When you find yourself living in your head like this, you are not in the real world, you are living in your analytical head, there is a world of difference. In the real world there are no concepts or right, wrong or indifferent. As human beings we come along with our analytical minds and make these concepts up.

A Clear Head

What if life doesn't work the way I was conditioned into believing? What if I am living in a world of my own thinking? What if I hate the life that I made up?

These may seem like tough questions but what if I don't need to search for answers with my analytical mind? What if these questions served as a means to knock myself out of some of the preconceived notions I have of the world? What if I realise the futility of the search for an answer within my own head. What if I realised, as Einstein once said, that I can't solve a problem with the level of thinking that created it? What if the meaningful answers come when I get quiet?

Did this blog post help? Can you think of a time when an answer came to you when you weren't particularly thinking about anything? Would you like to have a clearer head? If you have any insights, questions or recommendations feel free to leave a comment or drop me an e-mail.