In my ripe old age of 30, I’ve learned that there is one skill that is severely underrated:

Critical thinking.

Here’s the official definition - the objective analysis and evaluation of an issue in order to form a judgment.

The key words here are objective and judgment.

Looking back to my foggy college days, one of my favorite classes was Writing as Critical Thinking, or WACT as we called it.

It was my first intentional look at what it means to think for yourself while developing the ability to effectively communicate my thoughts and opinions to others.

If you ask me, this is what’s missing in today’s world.

When a friend asks, “Did you hear what happened in the news?” usually what follows is a recounting of a specific event.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s extremely important to be well-informed, but what is the point if all you’re doing is regurgitating information you hear on a podcast or read in a newsletter?

What I want to know is:

  1. How did that event make you feel and why?

  2. So what? Why does it matter?

If we applied critical thinking to most facets of our lives (especially politics), we would be much better off.

But hey, don’t take my word for it - try thinking for yourself.