Many times in life, we find ourselves in situations, problems, environments, etc., uncalled for, and the key to succeeding (or surviving through life like our great ancestors did) is by adapting. Life can be unfair, being one wild rollercoaster ride. But those who are able to adapt and work with the best of their situations and resources at their disposal, end up becoming the real winners in life.
How's this for mind-boggling...thinking about thinking aka metathinking. In other words, have you ever stopped to think how you think about situations and problems? Most people assume that whatever pops into mind is them thinking - but far from it. Being able to analyze things and break down your thought process to exact a conclusion is crucial. It involves using impeccable analytical thinking.