The legendary methodology of MacGyverisms is fictional but his methods of adapting to any situational scenario with craft is factual.
“MacGyver is a former Special Forces agent that is deeply principled with an astounding mind. He’s able to make use of any mundane materials around him to create unorthodox solutions to any problem he faces.” -Phoenix Foundation
Operating like MacGyver in your daily life, work and travels can make you a sharper observer, situationally tactical and a more advanced version of yourself.
The final episode of MacGyver aired more than 20 years ago so not all of you may know exactly who he is, other than by the countless pop culture references and internet memes you’ve probably come across.
MacGyver is similar to 24’s Jack Bauer when it comes to tactical ingenuity but without the extreme violence or like the Mentalist’s Patrick Jane when it comes to strategically seeing things in plain sight nobody else notices. However, he’s most comparable to Burn Notice’s Michael Westen but without the baggage.
What they all had in common was that they had an incredible knack for getting out of the most impossible of situations, but MacGyver also used his seemingly mystical powers in everyday life tasks – not just danger.
That’s why operating like him can make anyone… better.
“Mostly I like to see how the world works.“
What made MacGyver special was his highly developed spatial visualization ability and active situational awareness. Both of which you can also hone.
Don’t try to think like MacGyver, SEE like him.
So let’s talk about Albert Einstein for a moment. He was one of the greatest intellects in history and probably the greatest in modern history, but his IQ of 165, while technically “genius” level, is actually relatively low.
There are many officially recorded instances of IQ’s far surpassing of Einstein, even a few well over 200.
It was how he SAW the universe and his VISUAL thinking process that made him a greater intellect than peers with far higher IQ’s. So in essence, he was better at thinking than people smarter than him.
“If you don’t have the right equipment for the job, you just have to make it yourself.“
That’s how MacGyverisms operate, by seeing the world around him as if each element of it was a piece of a yet to be realized puzzle or a dynamic tool box that can be used to remedy any potential and sudden problem.
See everything, I mean everything around you as a potential tool, therefore the entire world as a giant box of tools.
Scattered pieces of potential devices that can be put together despite how innocuous or irrelevant they may seem to each other.
Such as a paperclip. Most people see it only as a way to organize paper, but with the MacGyvering logic, the possibilities are endless.
And that’s the most important process of operating like MacGyver:
To see everyday things and situations with more imagination and visualize how it can work as something else or work with something else and as far as be something else to your advantage.
“Well, when it comes down to me against a situation, I don’t like the situation to win.”
Anything that has mass can be utilized, therefore literally everything there is can be a tool and anything can be used as something else or with something else.
“MacGyverisms” isn’t just about manipulating physical objects, however. It’s also about maneuvering the energy around you – using words and the actions of people. It just so happens even energy has mass.
You can’t change the world but you do control your own body and mind, use it to change the world around you.
This way of thinking is not just about situational action and escaping from danger. MacGyverisms are just as useful fixing everyday things in not so everyday ways but with everyday things – that’s not a typo.
“Another day, a whole ‘nother set of fresh possibilities … I’m a sucker for mornings.”
Spatial reasoning is a part of our living function as well as a subconscious level of situational awareness, so we all have it in us to operate like MacGyver.
Just like Einstein, it’s how well we can (literally) see a problem or a puzzle then (literally) visualize the solution.
Less mathematical equation, more jigsaw puzzle.
While we can only do so much to raise our realized intelligence, we can train to become a better gamer.