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Better Your Life (Collection) by John Maketa, Heather Ishikawa, Russ Hall, Stewart Emery, Judy Chartrand, Richard Paul, Linda Elder

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Chapter 1. How Your Mind Works—Some Assembly Required

Thinking is something we all do, so you might have assumed others just do it better than you, or at least differently. Well, you might be partially right—for the moment. But here’s the really huge thing. You can get better at it. Thinking is a skill, not an inherent gift, so it’s something you can improve upon. That’s right. You can get really quite good at it. People who you admire—like those in “Amenah’s Story,” who step up and take action based on taking careful and considered steps, who can weigh risk, and who live fuller, richer lives as a consequence—represent the kind of person you can become.

Take, for example, the medical people. When Captain John Nadeau, Dr. Karla Christian, or Dr. ...

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