A lot of otherwise talented people are too pessimistic to actually do anything. They are paralyzed by risks that don't exist and greatly exaggerate them where they do, preventing them from being one…
«When the cost of failure is low, too much pessimism prevents you from trying. When the cost of failure is high, too much optimism encourages unwarranted risk.»
Arnold Bennett’s How to Live on 24 Hours a Day explores a meaningful life by addressing the age-old question: how can we make the best use of our time?
«What you learn today becomes the scaffolding to solving tomorrow’s problem.»
The OODA Loop is a four-step process for making effective decisions in high-stakes situations. It involves collecting relevant information, recognizing potential biases, deciding, and acting, then…
«OODA” stands for “Observe, Orient, Decide, and Act.»
A guide to making decisions covering how we can intelligently prepare to improve our thinking, avoid stupidity, and make better, smarter, decisions.
The power of habits comes from their automaticity. This is why they are more powerful than goals. Read this article to harness the power of habits.
«First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit is persistence in practice.»
We tend to assume that the worst that has happened is the worst that can happen, and then prepare for that. We forget that “the worst” smashed a previous understanding of what was the worst.
«“A year from now, you will wish you had started today.” — Karen Lamb»
Don't set goals. Passion is bullshit. Mediocre skills are valuable. These are just a few of the unexpected truths you'll discover in Scott Adams' new book. Here are 10 more takeaways.
«most people have poor filters for sorting truth from fiction, and there’s no objective way to know if you’re particularly good at it or not.»
The Feynman Technique is a simple method of learning that unlocks your potential and helps you learn anything.
«There are four key steps to the Feynman Technique: Choose a concept you want to learn about Explain it to a 12 year old Reflect, Refine, and Simplify Organize and Review»
Active listening, as the name implies requires effort. It is much more than simply "hearing" what is being said. This article will show you how to improve your listening skills to make you a better…
«Adler recommends taking notes during key conversations. Although this may be disconcerting to a speaker, it is relevant in some situations.»
Acclaimed executive coach and leadership development specialist Carolyn Coughlin discusses tips to help you become a better listener, including why the language we use with each other and with…
The map of reality is not reality. Even the best maps are imperfect. That's because they are reductions of what they represent. If a map were to represent the territory with perfect fidelity, it would…
«A model might show you some risks, but not the risks of using it. Moreover, models are built on a finite set of parameters, while reality affords us infinite sources of risks.»
Charlie Munger explains how worldly wisdom can help you go further and faster than experts. You don't need to outwork if you can outsmart.
«From each discipline the thoughtful person draws significant mental models, the key ideas that combine to produce a cohesive understanding»
It is easy to overestimate the role of money and underestimate the role of mindset. Often, we convince ourselves that if only we had the resources, we would apply the second mindset. But the second…
«focus on what they can control, the second mindset is far more resilient and adaptable than the first.»
A summary of Carol Dweck's book Mindset, which explores our two mindsets (fixed and growth) and how they impact not only our attitudes and learning but also our outcomes.
A decision journal helps you learn from your past decisions, think through current decisions, and avoid problems before they happen.
«By and large, your success will be the sum of the decisions you make over your career. The problem is it’s not easy to get better at making decisions.»
The mathematician and philosopher Gian-Carlo Rota spent much of his career at MIT, where students adored him for his engaging, passionate lectures. In 1996, Rota gave a talk entitled “Ten Lessons I…
«Reciprocity is remarkably persuasive. Sometimes, how people respond to your work has as much to do with how you respond to theirs as it does with the work itself»
We tend to think that people can easily tell what we’re thinking and feeling. They can’t. Understanding the illusion of transparency bias can improve relationships, job performance, and more.
«Our tendency to overestimate how much attention people are paying to us is a result of seeing our own perspective as the only perspective.»
The Psychology of Human Misjudgment, a speech given in 1995 by legendary investor Charlie Munger, opened my eyes to how behavioral psychology can be applied to business and problem-solving. Munger,…
The benefits of reading are negated if you forget remember what you read. This article discusses a tested system to increase retention. Learn how to use active reading to remember more from books.
«We shouldn’t read stuff we find boring. Life is far too short.»
The most effective way to take notes while reading is to follow this simple three step process that I've tested and honed on over one thousand books.
«I rarely listen to books but if you are listening to a book, create a new note for that book and type in notes as you are listening»
Since focus requires saying no, it also means really smart people and good competitors are saying no to really good ideas.
«This sounds really simplistic, but it still shocks me how few people actually practice this, and it’s a struggle to practice, but is this issue of focus.»
Read this and learn how the mental model of thought experiment, helped people like Albert Einstein, Zeno, and Galileo solve difficult problems.
«“We live not only in a world of thoughts, but also in a world of things. Words without experience are meaningless.” Vladimir Nabokov»
The tendency to judge in favor of people and symbols we like is called the bias from liking or loving and it affects how we make decisions. Let's explore...
«And what will a man naturally come to like and love, apart from his parent, spouse and child? Well, he will like and love being liked and loved.”»
We recently discussed some wonderful mental tools from the great Richard Feynman. Let's get some more good ones from another giant, Daniel Dennett.
«Biological evolution proceeds by a grand, inexorable process of trial and error–and without the errors the trials wouldn’t accomplish anything.»
In everything we do, we play the long or the short game. The short game is easy, pleasurable, and offers visible and immediate benefits. But it almost never leads to success. Here's how to play the…
«It’s easy to overestimate the importance of luck on success and underestimate the importance of investing in success every single day»
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