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First Principles: Not A New Idea
Thinking from first principles is not a new idea. It's actually the single most consistent factor among great thinkers.
For example, Aristotle believed that you could not possess true knowledge without first understanding the first principles. He thought that everything could be divided into categories and sub-categories (the smallest of them being the equivalent for first principles).
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A first principle is the fundamental building block of an idea, the most indivisible part that we know to be true and that we can use to build more complex thoughts.
Reason And Experience
An empiricist is a person that believed all true knowledge is based and obtained through experience.
The process of seeking knowledge through experience and making use of reason to give it structure it how we can find the first principles of a subject.
Conventional and Unconventional Thinkers Conventional thinkers: their knowledge consists of proof that is on display. Unconventional thinkers: they use experience and reason to organize their knowledge; they ask questions and make analogies to get to the roots of am idea. The Art Of First Principles Thinking
Once a first principle is understood, we can look and improve each component (from the simple to the more complex) of a subject or a product.
If every part is remarkable, then the total is remarkable.
Benefits of First Principles Thinking Innovation: once you understand the fundamentals of an idea, you can change and rearrange them to create new ideas and products. Optimization: a fundamental component could be changed, to improve and idea or product. Integration: once you understand a foundational component of an idea, it becomes a lot easier to integrate new knowledge into your understanding. Transfer: understanding first principles makes it easier to transfer complex ideas to other people. Become A First Principles Thinker
Write down and organize information. Create hierarchies and mind maps.
Most ideas are nested outside or inside one another. You have to learn to map out how these ideas are linked.
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Read your way to success 85 % of millionaires read at least two books per months.
So, as cliche as it sounds, people who read, succeed.
Psychological tricks to start reading Implementation intention: this basically means setting an appointment to read. Chunking: It means to break down a big task (your book) into smaller, manageable parts. Temptation bundling: it happens when we associate a tasks we dislike with something we enjoy. Implementation intention for reading The biggest problem with reading is the starting point, actually starting to read - we buy tons on books for "later" and we never read them.
By physically scheduling a time and place for starting to read, you're setting an appoint to do so. And we tend to respect our appointments.