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So what keeps us from being better at breakthrough think- ing? Mental roadblocks, that’s what. Roadblocks that get formed as a result of our personality, sex, birth order, family, education, life experiences, friendships, socioeco- nomic level, culture, and lots more. For example, when I finished writing the third draft of this book, I gave it to a few close friends and family members to proofread. I thought they might find a little typo here or a minor gram- mar suggestion there. Well the comments that came back were numerous and they were insightful. Other people found ways to improve my work that I never could have.

As you read this first section, consider your own life and think about some of the mental barriers that you may have. (They often take the form of biases, prejudices, insecuri- ties, jealousies and anxieties.) Once you become more aware of these psychological obstructions, you’ll be better equipped to navigate around them.

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