Fyodor Dostoevsky
Everything seems stupid when it fails.

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Mental Models

The way you look at how something works in the real world is called a mental model. It’s your thinking framework about something.

But when we make decisions, we often don’t think about our framework and immediately jump to a discussion about potential outcomes.

Overlooking Failure

Societies with a bias towards success, that are idolizing of successful people usually overlook the decisions that led to failure.

We tend to overlook cases that did not come with a successful outcome. And when we do look at failure, we are often quick to explain why things failed.

Decisions And Subjectivism

There are no set or fixed good or bad decisions.

The same good decisions become bad decisions if they lead to failure, otherwise, they are lauded.

Focus On The Process

Too often, we skip the process and jump right to deciding. Maybe that’s due to a lack of time, resources, or knowledge— it doesn’t matter.

Whatever your reason is, it’s never an excuse to skip the decision-making process altogether. Because that’s the only way to become a bad decision maker— regardless of the outcome.

Avoiding Regret

We can never predict the future, but we can make decisions we don’t regret.

If we focus on the thinking process, we will always know we did the right thing, so even a bad outcome will not lead to regret.

The "Right" Thing
  • Do not regret making mistakes, just learn the lesson and move on.
  • Inaction is more serious than a bad decision.
  • Life has suffering build-in at times, and worthwhile accomplishments take time, energy, and sacrifice.

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Make Better Choices
  • Seek good information. Be skeptic and never just assume that what you’re being told is always true.
  • Avoid common pitfalls, like making decisions without enough time or information.
  • Look at previous mistakes so you learn from them.
  • Check in with yourself and ensure that the environment isn’t influencing your decisions unnecessarily. 
  • Take care of yourself. You are unlikely to make the best decisions when tired or unwell.
  • Make time to think. The multitasking and distraction deluge to which we’re subjected every day can undermine good decision-making.
  • Analyze well. Not getting the outcome you wanted doesn’t necessarily mean the decision was bad. 

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When we are in a stressful situation, we are prone to make poor choices.

Even a little stress can influence our decisions and make us slip up.

Mental models

They are chunks of knowledge that can be simplified and applied to better understand the world, by identify what information is relevant in any given situation, and the most reasonable parameters to work in. 

Mental models simplify complex processes.

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