Independent Thinking Crash Course
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Independent Thinking Crash Course

Increase your intellectual independence, self-confidence, powers of discovery, and professional marketability.
4.6 (16 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,353 students enrolled
Last updated 9/2015
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Develop more self-confidence by determining which sources of information are trustworthy, and which ones are not.
  • Rise above the crowd mentality by preventing social media from inappropriately influencing your opinions.
  • Break free from brainwashing and propaganda by learning about types of fallacious thinking that could be ruining your life.
  • Keep fear from taking over your thinking process.
  • Resist common forms of persuasion people use to make you agree to things you don't really want to do.
  • Ask life-changing, career accelerating questions that others are too afraid or too lazy to ask.
  • Develop innovative solutions to your problems.
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  • Become familiar with the Udemy course interface (i.e. Notes Panel, Discussion Section, etc.)
  • You will want to have a pdf reader program to download the worksheets as well as new worksheets which will be added to this course in the days to come.
  • This course will take 2-3 hours to complete (Lessons + Exercises).

Regain control of your mind and life. Become an independent thinker. Gain more self-confidence and present your ideas with assurance. Enroll in this course and learn to think for yourself.

Following the crowd and thinking like they do will limit your opportunities in life. Caring too much about what other people think of you will forfeit your dreams and goals in life. Thinking for yourself will keep other peoples' opinions from ruining your destiny.

If you're someone who want more confidence in yourself, if you want to trust your own ideas more, if need more self-assurance to succeed professionally, then this course is for you.

This course presents information and exercises you can use to confidently trust your own ideas. The content comes from cutting-edge research and real-life case studies on the benefits of independent thinking.

In each section, there's a different approach presented to help you become an independent thinker. There are fascinating case studies of people who successfully learned to think for themselves, as well as examples of people who failed in life because they let other people do their thinking for them.

Steve Churchill (your instructor) has developed career and leadership development training courses for dozens of Fortune-500 companies, and those programs have been used to train hundreds of thousands of professionals.

Click the Take this Course link to join thousands of other students in the Udemy community by enrolling in this course and learning to more effectively think for yourself.

Who is the target audience?
  • Ambitious professionals or students who want to think for themselves and set themselves apart from everyone else at work or school.
  • Anyone who wants more self-confidence especially when presenting their own ideas.
  • People who want to maintain the status quo and want to be mediocre might not enjoy this course.
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Curriculum For This Course
26 Lectures
What Does it Mean to Think for Yourself & Why is it Important?
6 Lectures 25:28

This video lesson will give you a good idea of what to expect from this course. We will discuss how this course is organized and you will see where I got the information for this course. You will also meet Edward and Rhonda and see why it is so important for their professional success to start thinking for themselves.

Preview 04:26

This video lesson covers what you can do to get the most value out of this course. If you are not familiar with the Udemy interface already, you'll see how to use tools that maximize your learning. We will talk briefly about why it's important to take notes and why you must complete the application activities to get all the benefits from this course.

How to Get the Most from This Course

This video lesson will answer the question, "What does it mean to think for yourself?" We will discuss some examples of people who learned to think for themselves and how they lived better lives because of it. We will look at some of the most significant advancements in the world and see how they are the result of people thinking for themselves.

Preview 07:15

This lesson communicates the benefits of learning to think for yourself. You will see how becoming an independent thinker will improve your self-confidence and your professional opportunities. You will develop more innovative solutions to your problems.

Preview 04:02

In the last lesson we talked about what it means to really think for yourself. You will get an even better idea of what it includes as you continue through this course. Before you learn about some of the advantages of thinking for yourself, consider what thinking for yourself does NOT include.

What Thinking for Yourself is NOT

This lesson requires you to expand on the definition of what it means to think for yourself. You will need to identify some additional benefits of thinking for yourself, and consider how important changes in the world have come from the people who are truly independent thinkers.

Exercises: Why You Should Think for Yourself

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Knowledge Check: Thinking for Yourself
4 questions
A Major Roadblock to Thinking for Yourself: Social Proof
4 Lectures 12:34

This lesson discusses the concept of "social proof" and why you should be wary of it as you strengthen you independent thinking.

What is Social Proof and Why Shouldn't it be Trusted?

This lesson discusses strategies to sidestep the influence of social proof on your decisions and activities.

How to Distrust/Evaluate Social Proof

This lesson presents a scenario where Rhonda defied the prevailing thoughts and perceptions in her department to become more assertive and get rewarded with a promotion.

How Rhonda Ignored Social Proof and Got a Promotion

This lesson suggests some exercises you can complete to help reduce the effects of social proof on your beliefs and decisions.

Exercises: Dismissing Social Proof

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Knowledge Check: What You Know About Social Proof
4 questions
How to Keep Fear from Hijacking Your Thinking Process
3 Lectures 13:11

This lesson discusses what fear is and how it shuts down the higher-order, rational parts of our brain and thinking processes. You'll learn how other people try to use fear to get you to quit thinking, and you'll develop strategies to keep thinking rationally when faced with fearful situations or information.

How Fear Prevents Rational Thinking & How to Keep Thinking if You're Afraid

This lesson discusses how Edward took control of his fears and made rational decisions. You will see how he prevented fear from shutting down his thinking and how he made choices that were in his best interests.

How Edward Resisted His Fears and Became More Self-Confident

This lesson discusses some exercises you can perform to keep thinking rationally when someone is trying to make you afraid (to manipulate you). The worksheet activities will be discussed. You should complete all these exercises to get the most benefit from this course.

How to Keep Fear from Affecting Your Thinking

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Knowledge Check: Keeping Fear from Ruining Your Thinking
4 questions
How to Identify and Resist Different Forms of Persuasion
4 Lectures 25:26

This lesson will discuss what persuasion is, what types of tricks other people use to persuade you into doing what they want, and tactics you can use to disarm these persuasive tactics and improve your own intellectual independence.

Learn to Identify and Resist Forms of Persuasion

This lesson discusses several specific persuasive tactics people may try to use on you. The goal is to disarm persuasive tricks primarily by recognizing them when they're used.

Recognize Forms of Persuasion to Neutralize Them

This lesson gives a case study where Rhonda when searching for a new apartment. The leasing agent tried to get her to agree to a larger, more expensive apartment than what she needed. You will see how Rhonda disarmed the leasing agent's persuasive tricks and get the apartment she could afford.

How Rhonda Resisted Persuasion and Saved $2000

This lesson includes exercises you can complete to identify and resist manipulative attempts to persuade and influence you. You will feel more confident, in control, and better able to think for yourself as you master these habits.

Exercises to Resist Persuasion

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Knowledge Check: Recognizing & Resisting Persuasion
4 questions
Liberate Your Mind by Asking More Effective Questions
4 Lectures 19:03

This lesson discusses what it means to ask effective questions and why developing that habit is so important in learning to think for yourself.

Asking Effective Questions to Increase Your Independent Thinking

This lesson includes methods to develop your questioning ability more. Developing this skill is one of the most important elements in learning to think for yourself.

How to Ask More Effective Questions

This lesson presents a case study of Edward, who was in a bad job situation, and how he used the principles of asking effective questions to open the door to better employment opportunities.

Edward Opens the Door to Better Opportunities By Asking Effective Questions

This lesson discusses some ways you can improve your ability to ask effective questions. As you ask more powerful questions, you'll increase your self-confidence knowledge, and intellectual independence.

Exercises to Ask More Effective Questions

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Knowledge Check: What Do You Know About Effective Questions?
4 questions
Summary, Bonus Lesson, and Resources
5 Lectures 34:08

This lesson provides a high-level summary of the information contained in the course. It also provides an overview of the reference guide and bonus lessons contained in this section.

Course Wrap-up + Bonus Resources Overview

This lesson contains a quick reference guide which includes a summary of the important points and application suggestions for learning to think for yourself.

Quick Reference Guide: Thinking for Yourself
1 page

This lesson discusses several suggestions of how to make better decisions. You will learn about some of the factors that lead to poor decisions and how to avoid them. You will also learn about the concept of opportunity cost and how understanding it will make your decisions easier.

BONUS: How to Make Better Decisions

This lesson discusses the concept of problem solving. A simple formula for determining the causes of a problem are presented. Several alternatives for finding and implementing the solutions to problems are also discussed. You will be a better problem solver if you understand and apply what is presented in this lesson.

BONUS: How to Solve Your Problems Effectively

This section contains all of the audio, MP3 files for the lessons in this course. You will need to download and extract the compressed (ZIP) folder to your device.

BONUS: Course Audio/MP3 Files
About the Instructor
Steve Churchill
4.6 Average rating
218 Reviews
9,560 Students
5 Courses
Author + Instructional Designer

Steven is an author and instructional designer who successfully creates interactive training programs for thousands of employees in several of the U.S.'s largest companies. He's committed to helping people get better work and income through learning new, more marketable skills. He earned Master's and Bachelor's degrees, but his career and business depend primarily on self-taught skills. He wrote the book, How to Learn Higher Paying Skills, available on Amazon. He's launched his own instructional media company, Didactable, LLC. He finds it odd to refer to himself in third-person!

Didactable Interactive
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Instructional Design

DIDACTABLE® creates engaging, cost-effective online training programs. Give your employees knowledge & skills they need to do their jobs better. Educate customers about the features of your products or services. Generate profits from selling your educational content externally.