Twenty-Five Useful Thinking Tools | Scott H Young - Deepstash
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1. Artist
  • Most other professions are full of constraints upon one’s ideas. 
  • Artists operate in a realm where most of these constraints are reduced,
  •  so the bigger question is, “Why is th...

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2. Economist
  • There are many thinking tools native to economics, but a foundational one is simple. 
  • People respond to incentives.
  • Tyler Cowen, the economist,

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3. Engineer
  • While your financial advisor can only throw darts at picking which stocks will rise, 
  • And a psychologist can only give hints at what people will do, 
  • Engineers routinely create...

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4. Entrepreneur
  • Entrepreneurs often adopt a set of thinking tools that are often rare for normal professionals.
  • One major tool is rapi...

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5. Doctor
  • Doctors meet patients who have an array of symptoms.
  • From there, you need to act like a detective to deduce the most likely disease and create a plan to cure ...

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6. Journalist
  • Journalists rely on a ton of different thinking tools which allow them to write compelling stories that report the news fairly and accurately.
  • One of ...

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7. Scientist

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8. Mathematician
  • The thinking tools of a mathematician depend on having a much higher standard of what constitutes proof of something
  • While an engineer may tolerate precision...

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9. Programmer
  • Programming encompasses a lot of thinking tools, but the most basic one is the algorithm
  • Algorithms are a set o...

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10. Architect
  • Architects need to design buildings
  • These are large structures that may take years to build, 
  • and has to meet all the criteria of clients, contractors, city ...

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11. Salesperson
  • Salespeople work to deeply understand what the customer actually needs,
  • And then match them with products and services that fill that void. 
  • This is incredibl...

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12. Soldier
  • The discipline embodied by military personnel is a very useful thinking tool.
  • By demanding conformity to those protocols, even when there is no dange...

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13. Chess Master
  • Chess has long been considered a game to improve one’s thinking. 
  • There are plenty of thinking tools that can be mined from the game.
  • One is the ability to simulate the...

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14. Designer
  • A useful tool here is how something is made suggests how to use it. 
  • A well-designed door handle suggests push or pulls, without needing to say it. 
  • A well-designed light switc...

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15. Teacher
  • How do you create knowledge inside someone else’s mind? 
  • Most of us take for granted how amazing teaching actually is, and our own ability to learn fr...

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16. Anthropologist
  • Anthropology is the study of cultures.
  • Unlike economics, which tends to focus on mat...

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17. Psychologist
  • Psychology has different thinking tools embedded both in its assumptions about human nature, as well as in its methods for discovering it.
  • On the subject of psychology...

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18. Critic

Many critics go beyond telling you which books to read and which movies to watch.

They build analysis, interpretation and discussion that goes well beyond the original work....

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19. Philosopher

one of the philosophers powerful tools is being able to see the unexpected consequences of stretching an idea to its limits.

This has two benefits.

  1. it can reveal ...

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20. Accountant
  • Money is the blood of a business
  • Accounting is the work that watches how it flows around, checking to make sure it isn’t getting clogged up.
  • The idea of

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21. Politician
  • Politics offers its own set of tools, politician may do a great job, and still get kicked out because of bad PR.
  • Therefore the thinking tools possessed by politicians ...

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22. Novelist
  • Many people see stories as the linguistic embodiment of history.
  •  We take what actually happened and weave it into some words so others can see it for themselves.
  • ...

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23. Actor
  • A popular thinking tool for acting is called method acting
  • This technique involves trying to actually feel the emoti...

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24. Plumber
  • Tradespeople don’t get enough credit for having unique problem-solving tools and strategies
  • Yet those professions often out-earn those with a college degree

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25. Hacker
  • Hacking is one of the most commonly misunderstood skills.
  • In practice, hacking is mostly about understanding that there is often a more complicated layer

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