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The Personal MBA

Master the Art of Business

A world-class business education in a single volume. Learn the universal principles behind every successful business, then use these ideas to make more money, get more done, and have more fun in your life and work.

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What Is 'Externalization'?

Externalization is the process of transforming our thoughts into some sort of external form, typically by writing or speaking.

We respond better to stimuli in our Environment than our own internal thoughts. We can improve our productivity by converting our internal thoughts into an external form.

Externalization lets us re-input information into our brains via a different channel, which translates into additional cognitive resources.

There are two primary ways to externalize your thoughts:

  1. Writing. This is the best way to capture ideas, plans and tasks.
  2. Speaking. Talking with friends, colleagues, and mentors.

Don't keep your thoughts locked up in your head. The more you Externalize, the clearer your thoughts will become, and the faster you'll reach your goals.

Questions About 'Externalization'


"Words are a lens to focus one's mind."

Ayn Rand, philosopher and author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead

From Chapter 7:

Working With Yourself


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The Personal MBA

Master the Art of Business

A world-class business education in a single volume. Learn the universal principles behind every successful business, then use these ideas to make more money, get more done, and have more fun in your life and work.

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