Sunday, December 27, 2020



I was recently reading the book "Super Thinking: Upgrade Your Reasoning and Make Better Decisions with Mental Models" and it does a wonderful job of introducing various mental models that can help positively shape our thinking.

A mental model is simply a representation of how something works. Mental models are how we understand the world and uncomplexify it.

As the author, Shane Parrish says- "The quality of our thinking is proportional to the models in our head and their usefulness in the situation at hand. The more models you have—the bigger your toolbox—the more likely you are to have the right models to see reality."

In this context, sharing this twitter thread ( that beautifully summarizes (check #sketchnote) some of the mental models used by Tobi Lutke, the CEO of Shopify e.g.

Kasparov had a "SYSTEMS MINDSET" for analyzing his chess mistakes, e.g. Pawn to E4 lost the game
Outcome mindset = "Don't do Pawn to E4 again".
Systems mindset = "What was the mental routines that occurred before I made that decision? Don't do them again"

More here:
- Be a student of first principles
- Embrace transfer learning
- Talent stack led by curiosity > MBA

What are some of the mental models that have helped you in your life's journey ?

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