LA Times and Beverly Hills - Release of the Newest Critical Thinking Guide

Published on 27 March 2024 at 14:28

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“A student’s guide to real-world critical thinking and challenging mainstream assumptions.”

The upcoming Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2024 will draw many visitors who are in constant search of different viewpoints and ideas that challenge widely accepted norms. A few of them might be combing the exhibits for literature that shows readers clear instructional methods to dissect the information presented to them.

One author of such literature is Jill Fandrich, PharmD, who initially wrote a book titled “Who Connects Your Dots? The Power of Critical Thinking.” Based on both her own research work as well as experience with today’s informational landscape, it’s a book that helps readers build a foundation for critical thinking.

For the 2024 L.A. Times Festival of Books, she will be exhibiting “Students: Who Connects Your Dots? A Complete Course on Critical Thinking”, a version of her original book now tailored specifically to student readers.

Using real-life examples, “Students: Who Connects Your Dots?”aims to teach students how to be more analytical in decision-making and decipher truth in today’s highly agenda-driven information wars.

Fandrich herself spent much of her life honing her independent thinking skills. She has a doctorate in pharmacy from Shenandoah University, a bachelor’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Westminster College. She is quite familiar with the process of using evidence-based knowledge in medicine, from disease prevention to detoxification.

Thus, she knows what’s at stake with how the current information climate is challenging people’s capacity to filter and process information. By exhibiting at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2024, she hopes to raise awareness and help a new generation of independent thinkers.

Visitors can find “Students: Who Connects Your Dots? A Complete Course on Critical Thinking” by Jill Fandrich, PharmD, displayed at the self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet’s exhibit at booth #225. The literary festival will take place at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, on April 20-21, 2024.

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“Students: Who Connects Your Dots? A Complete Course on Critical Thinking”
Author: Jill Fandrich, PharmD
Published date: Ongoing Pub
Publisher: ReadersMagnet LLC
Genre: Education



The Three-Step Process for Personal and Professional Growth

—Jill Fandrich, PharmD, CRPh


Effective leadership is shaped by starting with a “beginner’s mind.” A beginner’s mind is the perfect place to build essential leadership and critical thinking skills to foster innovative thinking and problem-solving skills found in leaders. The first step is to declutter the mind and discover where all of the current thought processes are coming from. Our minds are mainly programmed by someone else. Consider that from the day you were born, someone else guided and instructed you, and you took information from all types of sources. This continues today from the media sources you watch and listen to, books you read, things you hear from other people, etc. Bring yourself to an awareness of your current programming and observe your current reactions, responses, and results. Are you where you want to be?


STEP 1: Elevate your Mind to Success

Discover how to hold captive every negative thought and reframe it into a positive and uplifting one. Transform your thinking patterns and ultimately lead yourself to achieving your goals. Adopting certain principles and practices that can redefine your thought process and ultimately lead you to achieve your goals is essential to Elevate Your Mind to Success. Success is a journey, not a destination. Stay committed, persevere through setbacks, and consistently apply these strategies to Elevate Your Mind to Success. You can achieve great things and unlock your full potential with determination and the right mindset. Read Elevate Your Mind to Success to discover more about holding every thought captive and decluttering your mind of negative thoughts.


Here are a few strategies to help you on this journey:

  1. Develop a Growth Mindset - Embrace the belief that your abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and effort. View challenges as opportunities for growth rather than obstacles that define your limitations.
  2. Set Clear Goals - Define your objectives clearly and precisely. Break them down into smaller, manageable tasks, and create a roadmap to guide your actions. This clarity will help you stay focused and motivated.
  3. Cultivate Positivity - Foster a positive and optimistic outlook. Surround yourself with positive influences, and practice gratitude and affirmations. Positive thinking not only enhances your mood but also opens your mind to possibilities and creative solutions.
  4. Constant Learning - Commit to lifelong learning. Take up new hobbies, read books, attend workshops or seminars, and seek knowledge from diverse sources. Expanding your knowledge and skills will enable you to make more informed decisions and seize opportunities.
  5. Embrace Failure as Feedback - Instead of fearing failure, view it as a valuable learning experience. Analyze your failures, identify the lessons they hold, and use them to refine your approach. Remember, every failure brings you closer to success if you learn from it and persist.
  6. Practice Mindfulness and Self-Reflection - Allocate regular time for prayer, self-reflection, and introspection. Engage in mindfulness exercises like meditation or journaling to develop a deeper understanding of yourself, your desires, and your values. This prayer and self-awareness will guide your actions and help you make choices aligned with your aspirations.
  7. Build a Supportive Network - Surround yourself with individuals who inspire, motivate, and challenge you to grow. Seek mentors and join mastermind groups or professional networks to gain insights and support from like-minded individuals who share your aspirations.
  8. Take “MASSIVE” Action - Success requires taking consistent action toward your goals. Break through the barrier of inertia, move out of your comfort zone, and embrace the challenges that come your way. Hesitation and procrastination hinder progress, so develop a bias toward action and embrace calculated risks.


Remember, success is a journey, not a destination. Stay committed, persevere through setbacks, and consistently apply these strategies to Elevate Your Mind to Success. You can achieve great things and unlock your full potential with determination and the right mindset.


Discover how to hold captive every negative thought and reframe it into a positive and uplifting one. Transform your thinking patterns and ultimately lead yourself to achieving your goals.


STEP 2: Success Is Ele-MENTAL:

Once your mind is reprogrammed for successful thinking, fill it with leadership character qualities. Character qualities and leadership skills play a crucial role in determining an individual's success. While numerous attributes contribute to success, certain qualities are essential in driving effective leadership and achieving personal and professional goals. Here are some of the more than fifty character qualities and leadership skills you will find in Success Is Ele-MENTALthat are instrumental in paving the path to success:


  1. Integrity - Possessing unwavering honesty, ethics, and moral principles is vital. Leaders who demonstrate integrity are trusted, inspire trust in others, and are respected for their consistency.
  2. Resilience - Bouncing back from setbacks and adapting to challenging situations is crucial for success. Resilient leaders remain determined, persevere through difficult times, and find creative solutions to problems.
  3. Self-Discipline - This quality encompasses self-control, focus, and the ability to prioritize tasks effectively. Leaders who exhibit self-discipline are proactive, organized, and consistently work toward their goals.
  4. Self-Awareness - Understanding one's strengths, weaknesses, emotions, and impact on others is essential for effective leadership. Being self-aware allows leaders to make informed decisions, leverage their strengths, and seek growth opportunities in areas that require improvement.
  5. Empathy - Successful leaders empathize with and understand others, fostering positive relationships and building a supportive work environment. Showing empathy improves collaboration, helps resolve conflicts, and encourages team cohesion.
  6. Visionary Thinking - A successful leader possesses the ability to envision the future, set clear goals, and communicate their vision effectively. Visionary leaders inspire and motivate others, guiding them toward a shared purpose and driving innovation and progress.
  7. Communication Skills - Strong verbal and non-verbal communication skills are crucial for leaders to clearly convey their ideas, expectations, and feedback. Effective communication fosters understanding, builds trust, and minimizes misunderstandings within teams or organizations.
  8. Decision-Making - Leaders must make informed and timely decisions based on available information. Successful leaders evaluate options, consider risks and benefits, and implement their decisions confidently.
  9. Adaptability - Adaptability is crucial for success in a rapidly changing world. This quality enables leaders to embrace change, open themselves to new ideas, and adjust their strategies according to the evolving needs of their teams or organizations.
  10. Accountability - Taking responsibility and accountability for their actions and the outcomes of their decisions is a key quality of successful leaders. Accountability fosters trust, encourages ownership, and creates a culture of high performance.


Success Is Ele-MENTAL includes fifty character qualities and numerous leadership skills to read and internalize. Integrity, resilience, self-discipline, self-awareness, empathy, visionary thinking, effective communication, decision-making abilities, adaptability, and accountability are some of the vital attributes that contribute to successful leadership and ultimately lead to achieving personal and professional goals.


Learn more about these and other vital qualities and skills as you read Success Is Ele-MENTAL.


STEP 3: Who Connects Your Dots?:

To take all of this one step further, develop critical thinking skills into your mind’s programming, as found in Who Connects Your Dots? Critical thinking is a wonderful process of gaining additional knowledge and getting involved properly in decision-making, which will foster innovative thinking and problem-solving skills. It can be applied to nearly every topic and also is a method of discovering truth.


Now more than ever, it is imperative to think critically about nearly every decision we make. It is a relevant process to apply critical thinking to matters of health, business, finances, and more and gain a greater understanding of complex topics. Critical thinking is gathering as much information as possible about a topic from opposing perspectives in a nonjudgmental manner, thoughtfully and objectively evaluating the information and reaching your own conclusion. This is how to preserve your individuality and resist conformity. It is also a manner in which to gain as many facts as possible, being open to the opposite perspective as well. It may be difficult to perform this process at first, as society in general becomes emotional if people do not think like them. It becomes easier with practice.


Critical thinking skills allow us to gain more knowledge regarding a topic in an unbiased manner. With an open and unprejudiced mind, even complex topics are able to be processed more thoroughly and objectively. Critical thinking skills are vital to seeing a broader view, yet without the influence of intimidation, persuasion, or any other influential factors. These skills can be learned and even improved upon with continued practice, as shown in Who Connects Your Dots?


Do not allow others to pressure you in important matters. Critical thinking begins by asking questions. Ask as many questions as you can think of, making sure you are using credible sources. Gather as much information as you can find from opposing perspectives. Analyze and evaluate this information without prejudice. Have an open mind as you collect all the data and review it. When all the information is collected, do your best to infer what you believe the information is telling you and draw your own conclusion objectively, without emotion or bias.


Critical thinking will become a habit with continued practice. Ask questions and be open to the answers you discover. Analyze and evaluate all of your information before drawing a conclusion while not allowing others to influence your decision. Be sure to leave your opinion aside as you progress through this process. That can be a very difficult thing to do.


This is a lot to digest, but it is a logical progression to become aware of your thoughts and program them to be open and deliberate about what you want them to be. Then, fill the mind with character qualities that apply to personal growth as well as leadership abilities. Finally, adopt and program your mind to think critically to gain inclusive knowledge and logical reasoning.



Learn more about these and other vital qualities and skills as you read The Three-Step Process for Personal and Professional Growth. 


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Success is not about taking one big leap, but rather about making small, consistent steps toward your goal. A three-step program can help you break down your journey into manageable tasks and keep you focused on your progress.

—Dr. Jill

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