Since the character “Sherlock Holmes” was introduced to the world in 1887, people around the globe have been fascinated with the chance to become just as cognitive and intuitive as he is.
Of course, we need to remember that “Sherlock Holmes” is a fictional character with some “abilities” that may be exaggerated for dramatic effect… but becoming a clear, intuitive/cognitive thinker is not impossible. Here is Part 3 of my 6-part series: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes.
“The Benefit of Having a Watson”
We’ve gone six blog posts and not once have we mentioned the wonderful man known as “Watson” – Sherlock Holmes’ trustworthy partner. While Watson may not be as intuitive as Sherlock Holmes, let the truth be told that there’d be know Sherlock without Watson.
Sherlock has up huge psychological walls, and he doesn’t trust many people. Watson, though the good times and the bad, has proven to be the most truthworthy person in his life.
So what does that mean for you? Well, in the story “Silver Blaze”, Sherlock states, “…nothing clears up a case so much as stating it to another person.” In other words, find someone that you trust, and use them to your advantage when trying to solve something – it’ll help you in the long run.
“A Sherlock Style of Leisure”
It’s not ALL work for Mr. Holmes. Fans of the character know that he even though he worked hard, he is quite a big fan of leisure. Being in a Sherlock state-of-mind can be emotionally (and sometimes physically) draining. Allow yourself a way to rejuvenate and refresh yourself. In the long run, this will help you stay witty, clever, aware, and focused.
In the end, when you turn up your intuitive and cognitive engines, you become a better person. This isn’t just about being more like Sherlock Holmes, this is ultimately going to help be a person that is more in touch with what is happening around them.
We currently live in a world where people connect more with their cell phone than they are with other human beings. This makes your goal easier to achieve, even though it technically is a signal to the end of mankind as we know it.
To perfect these skills take time. You’re not going to nail it down right away. Even Sherlock Holmes was wrong sometimes. Take your time, assess carefully, and continue to hone your skills as often as possible. It will take some time, but you’ll end up improving other skills you didn’t even know you had.
With that said… good luck, my friends! Deduce-away! (Oh, and keep an eye out for Moriarty!)