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Mental models

Mental models

They are a representation of an external reality inside your head. 

Mental models are concerned with understanding knowledge about the world, they put knowledge in a usable form.

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When learning, we should focus on ideas that change slowly. 

When we chase the latest thing, we’re really jumping into an arms race. Despite our intentions, learning in this way fails to take advantage of cumulative knowledge. We’re not adding, we’re only maintaining.

  • Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.
  • "I’m not smart enough to figure everything out myself, so I want to master the best of what other people have already figured out."

We often make the mistake of thinking that people with high IQs think better. But it's not true. That's not the type of knowledge or brainpower that makes you better at life, happier, or more successful.

  • Become better at probing other people’s thinking. Ask questions. Simple ones are better. “Why” is the best.
  • Slow down. Make sure you give yourself time to think.
  • Probe yourself. Try and understand if you’re talking about something you really know ...

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You don't need to master every detail of every subject to become a world-class thinker.

If you can master the fundamentals of each discipline, then you can develop a remarkably accurate and useful picture of life.

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Think like Sherlock Holmes

“What Sherlock Holmes offers isn’t just a way of solving a crime. It is an entire way of thinking."

"Holmes provides... an education in improving our faculty of mindful thought and in using it in order to accomplish more, think better, and decide more optimally." - Elle...

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The Art of Decision-making:

  1. Get 1% smarter every day;
  2. Focus on things that don’t change or change very slowly over time  and master the principles;
  3. Focus on acquiring multidisciplinary knowledge;
  4. Build a toolkit of mental models so that you can better understand ...

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