Edward de Bono is a Maltese physician, psychologist, author, inventor and consultant. He originated the term lateral thinking, wrote the book Six Thinking Hats and is a proponent of the teaching of thinking as a subject in schools.
In almost all of his books he establishes the idea that thinking is a skill just like drawing, singing, cooking or sports. And anyone willing to put effort and time can become a skillful thinker. To that extent he gives thinking tools such as PMI(Plus:Minus:Interesting), APC (Alternatives: Possibilities:Choices), Quota system,the powerful Provocation(“po”) method etc. Plus he has designed the Six Thinking Hats system of thinking using which problems can be effectively solved and new perspectives can be gained on the existing ones.
Perhaps the most important value of his methods is the awareness about how we think in day-t0-day dealings. People seem to have stopped thinking. Yet nothing is more important than human thinking. Nothing is more beneficial than to learn to think well and clearly. Because the quality of every aspect of our lives be it academics, hobbies, job or relationships is reflected by the quality of our thinking. No more, no less.
The best investment I know is that of thinking. Thinking has made the man man who was once a beast. Thinking has led to a chain of invention from fire and wheel to trains and smart phone. The evolution of man is nothing but the evolution of thinking.
We have to ask the question how much we think everyday. Are we on auto-pilot doing everything the same way everyday or are we making them better? Unless we do we lag behind while the enthusiastic thinkers make quantum leaps. There really is no difference between individuals except in their quality of thinking.
As a man thinketh, so he is.