What Got You There with Sean DeLaney – A Solo Episode About Mental Models & Learning Frameworks

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This is a solo episode with Sean where he talks about mental models and how he learns

Key Takeaways

  • Recommended books and resources for learning about mental models and how to think better
  • “Develop into a lifelong self-learner through voracious reading, cultivate curiosity, and strive to become a little wiser every day”Charlie Munger
  • The Feynman Technique For Learning
    • Teach it to a child
      • This forces you to simplify the concepts
    • Review the material over and over until you can explain it to a child
    • Organize and simplify
      • Turn your notes into a simple story that flows
    • Transmit it 
      • Try conveying the knowledge to someone who understands the subject fairly well
  • 5 Mental Models Sean Uses on a Consistent Basis
    • Asymmetries
      • Look for opportunities in life where the upside is incredibly large and the downside is near negligible (or vice versa)
      • Positive examples – starting a podcast, hosting meetups, DMing people on Twitter, writing online
      • Negative examples – drunk driving, texting while driving, cheating on your taxes
    • Direction Over Speed
      • If you’re pointed in the wrong direction, it doesn’t matter how fast you’re traveling
      • If you’re locked into your desired destination, all progress is positive, no matter how small – you’ll reach your goal eventually
    • Contrast Bias
      • How we value things depends on what we compare them with
    • Second-Order Thinking
      • This is thinking which considers the second- and third-order consequences of your actions
      • For example – Eating a chocolate bar might satisfy you in the moment, but will over time create the problem of poor health
    • Inversion
      • Turning a problem on its head
      • If you’re trying to figure out how to live a better life, first consider what might lead to a horrible life – then avoid those things
      • “Avoiding stupidity is easier than seeking brilliance”
  • Parting Advice
    • Read broadly and think deeply about your own frameworks

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