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The kitten or the monkey

In the early 2000s, I read a book called "Thinkertoys" written by Michael Michalko. I read it in Russian translation because I wasn't learning English yet. In the Russian edition, it was called "Traning of intellect". While reading this book I did a lot of interesting exercises, which helped to develop creative thinking: for example, to look at the problem from different angles, to get unexpected ideas or simply expand the mind.

I still have this book, in the paper version, on my shelf. A couple of months ago I took it in my hands and opened it. Flipping through the book I found a small paragraph, only two sentences that sounded like a revelation to me.

The author wrote about two different ways to deal with problems, which occasionally happens in our life. In the nutshell, you can act as a kitten or as a monkey.

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Now I had to go, so I'll be continue tomorrow, please accept my apologies.

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Aliakbar Majidi's picture
I learn : French (Beginner) Persian (Expert) Spanish (Beginner)
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Well done again, Oleks! I love self-development books; I believe I will find the book interesting. It is said that self-development books should be reread after a few years because our ideas and thinking are constantly changing. What we understand from a book might be different a few years from now.

 

In the early 2000s, I read a book called "Thinkertoys" written by Michael Michalko. I read it in the Russian translation because I wasn't learning English yet. In the Russian edition, it was called "Training of intellect". While reading this book, (A comma is needed.) I did a lot of interesting exercises, which helped me to develop creative thinking; (A semicolon is needed here, not a colon.) for example, to look at the problem from different angles (Also, different perspectives.), to get unexpected ideas or simply expand the mind.

I still have this book, in the paper version, on my shelf. A couple of months ago, (A comma is needed.) I took it in my hands and opened it. Flipping through the book, (A comma is needed.) I found a small paragraph, only two sentences that sounded like a revelation to me.

The author wrote had written about two different ways to deal with problems, which occasionally happens in our life lives (You are talking about individual lives.). In the a nutshell, you can act as (https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/a-tricky-gmat-idiom-act-like-vs-act-as/) a kitten or as a monkey.

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Now, (A comma is needed.) I had have to go, so I'll be continuing tomorrow, please accept my apologies.

Looking forward to your next post. Good luck!

 

 

 

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Hi, Aliakbar! Thank you! Your corrections help a lot.

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In the early 2000s, I read a book called "Thinkertoys" written by Michael Michalko. I read it in Russian translation because I wasn't learning English yet. In the Russian edition, it was called "Traning of intellect". While reading this book I did a lot of interesting exercises (no comma) which helped to develop creative thinking such as how to look at the problem from different angles, how to get unexpected ideas or simply expand the mind. I still have this book, in the paper version, on my shelf (Sentence can be rewritten as, "I still have the paper version of this book on my shelf."). A couple of months ago I took it in my hands and opened it. Flipping through the book I found a small paragraph, only two sentences that sounded like a revelation to me. The author wrote about two different ways to deal with problems, which occasionally happens in our life. In the a nutshell, you can act as a kitten or as a monkey.

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Hi, Kjcoffin! Thank you for your amendments! I couldn't find the link words for this sentence in the middle.

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Hi Oleks,

That book sounds amazing! I am always looking at ways to become more creative and imaginative, so I think I need to start reading books like this! What kind of exercises did they get you to do?

With regards to your English, you are making fewer and fewer errors and your speaking is becoming even clearer & more fluent! Congratulations.

Aliakbar and KJcoffin have already done a good job of evaluating your post. I would also add the following

1. because I wasn't learning English yet I would say "I wasn't learning English at that time / back then"

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Hi, Edhutchins88! Thank you for your comment! I'll try to talk about these exercises in the following posts.

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Ros Watson's picture
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Very good post AND a "cliff hanger"!!  (keeping us in suspense until next time!)  Just one further tweak from me "Now I have (not had) to go so I'll continue tomorrow" (No "be" needed)

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Thank you, Ros! This is one more expression I wrote. It's very interesting. Oleks

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