Critical Thinking, Beliefs, and Ideas

Prompt 1: Important Idea

When analyzing arguments and making claims on opinions presented, critical thinking is needed to arrive at the best results—making arguments in chapter five highlights several valuable and important ideas where critical thinking is depicted. I consider understanding the context and purpose of an argument as the most valuable and essential idea in this section. The purpose and context of an argument allow the participants in a particular argument to apply the analytical and interpretive skills to an argument.  For instance, the more people understand a particular event, the circumstances that trigger the argument, and the people involved in the argument, there is increased the possibility of developing objectives, goals and complete an analysis of an argument effectively. Perusing words on a page quickly without applying critical thinking aspect is not enough to conclude an argument. Therefore, the context and purpose of an argument are very crucial to an argument.

Prompt 3: Critical Thinking

            During analysis, applying critical thinking skills to analysis is complex than offering an executive opinion. Several factors limit the analysis of statements. Firstly availability of numerous reasons and facts to justify an argument may make analysis difficult. This is because; the more the reasons, the more time is taken to determine the best reasons that suit an argument critically. Additionally, excessive use of irony, humor, and sarcasm make an analysis of content difficult. The use of humor and sarcasm allows people to present ranges of opinions, thus mapping to be trying. Audiences draw a different conclusion based on their understanding, thus delaying the analysis process.


Prompt 3: Hard Work Pays off in the long run

People believe in what could originate from their life experiences, growth, and struggles in their lives. For instance, people believe that hard work pays off, and through hard work, everything is possible in the long run. I believe that everything that I desire can be achieved through hard work. It may not happen immediately, but in the long run, it shall come to be. This is a clear indicator that time is a factor in hard work.

Hard work pays off because my brain is wired to believe in it. Experiences, genetics, and the type of nurture one receives and other factors may influence one to believe that hard work pays off (Ahmed Zaky, 2015). For instance, since when a child is young, they believe that hard work is important and is a major contributory factor to success. Therefore, their thoughts become fixed, and they grow up believing in hard work. Their parents may insist that good grades in school are achieved through hard work. Thus a child grows up believing in hard work.

Additionally, people believe that hard work pays off in the long run because life is dependent on hard work. For instance, people believe that failure to work hard will not achieve what they want in life (Dwiggins & Lewandowski, 2015). Hard work is an essential factor to achieve a heavenly future. Thus, people foster that belief by working hard to achieve their life desires.

Moreover, people believe that hard work pays offs because it is helpful. Believing that hard work pays off, in the long run, keeps people going, focusing on their goals to achieve their fruits in the end. Hard work allows people to move towards their goals and achieve to be person’s they want in life. Therefore, many reasons drive people to believe what they believe.


Ahmed Zaky, E. (2015). Nature, Nurture, and Human Behavior; an Endless Debate. Journal Of Child And Adolescent Behaviour, 03(06).

Dwiggins, J., & Lewandowski, G. (2015). Does Hard Work Pay Off? The Influence of Perceived Effort on Romantic Attraction. Interpersonal: An International Journal On Personal Relationships, 9(2), 184-199.