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Welcome to the Mental Acuity module

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Mental Acuity

Welcome to the Mental Acuity module

Before we dive deeper into all the separate Mental Acuity Attributes, you will learn in this opening lesson about the category of Mental Acuity as a whole. This lesson serves as the foundation of this module.

Mental acuity is about our ability to process the world around us. It helps us keep aware of - and able to respond to - the inputs and signs from our surroundings.

Our brain is what sets us apart from other animals. Evolution didnโ€™t make us the strongest or the fastest or the furriest, but it did give us a big brain. Your brain is capable of reasoning and imagining, of thinking abstractly and rationally, of absorbing and sorting and editing an endless stream of incoming data. This is what mental acuity is all about.

Our bodies make us Homo sapiens, but our minds make us truly human.

Formed by five attributes (Situational Awareness, Compartmentalization, Task Switching, Learnability, and Discernment), mental acuity is a measure of how sharp the mind is. It has little to do with education or even raw intelligence. Itโ€™s not a matter of how well-read or quick-witted you are. Rather, mental acuity focuses on your ability to effectively absorb and understand information, concentrate, focus, and remember.

Mental acuity enables you to assess and make sense of whatโ€™s happening in our context. Additionally, based on this โ€œscanning & understandingโ€ mechanism, you are able to take action and make progress according to the actual reality. At the same time, while mental acuity works in the background, it keeps you aligned with every change that occurs around you. In this sense, mental acuity is a key component for optimal performance, as it keeps you informed about the context you're in - and the external influences as well - so that you can adapt your plans and strategies, reassess priorities, and reposition your focus.

All these capabilities are hardwired into our cognitive physiology. Like all attributes, we all have them in varying amounts. We also all have the ability to amplify them with enough effort. Topping the scale on all five of these attributes is unrealistic. However, they are all inextricably linked.

How does Drive show up in your life?

Engaging in self-reflection is a powerful tool for learning and personal growth.

Below, you'll find a set of thought-provoking questions to ponder. Feel free to jot down your responses here in the course or in a notepad, or use them as a catalyst for meaningful discussions with your friends or family. Embrace this opportunity to gain fresh perspectives and uncover valuable insights.


  • Think of one (or some) of those moments in your life in which an internal strength made you surpass a difficult obstacle. It can be anything in any context. Now think of how this same internal strength (which is always there) can help you in your moments nowadays and during your entire journey. Make notes of these moments and how you will deal with them when they challenge you.


  • Based on the moments you just identified, make notes on how transformative they were. How they have changed you and made you stronger. Remember that any tiny step is worthy and must be recognized - what takes us to the top of the mountain is the sum of each individual step. Write down those steps, even the smallest victories and think of how grateful you can be for them, because they have made you more relentless every day.

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