What are some ways to sharpen your awareness and senses like a Intelligence Officer?

What are some ways to sharpen your awareness and senses like a Intelligence Officer? by Tony Garcia

Answer by Tony Garcia:

I don’t think analogies to Jason Bourne, however inferential or kitschy their intent, are helpful to someone earnestly wishing to make oneself perceptively sharper or a more acceptable candidate for an intelligence service.

My suggestions here are similar to ones I offered to a writer looking to overcome writer’s block.

  • Work on your observational awareness—in short, learn to pay attention to detail. Initially, this may take time, particularly for those who wish to get things done as quickly as possible or for those who generally tend to ignore the world around them.
  • Take a trip through the downtown of your city. Take note of what people do, what they wear, how they walk, their facial expressions. Listen—what sounds do you hear and from where? Record your observations in real time. Eventually, this will become habit. You will learn to focus more on subtlety and small details.
  • Several documentaries have revealed that among the more celebrated mathematicians entrusted with breaking the Enigma and Lorenz ciphers at England’s Bletchley Park were women who enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and anagrams. Try your hand at these puzzles, especially Sudoku, to help sharpen your powers of deduction.

Good luck to you.

What are some ways to sharpen your awareness and senses like a Intelligence Officer?

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