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Thought Stack: Design Principles, Mental Models, & Cognitive Biases

May 29, 2017

Tilt is a poker term for a state of mental or emotional confusion or frustration in which a player adopts a less than optimal strategy, usually resulting in the player becoming over-aggressive. – Wikipedia

Tilting usually occurs when you get an outcome that you did not want or expect – for instance, losing an all-in...


May 28, 2017

We’re far less important than we think we are. 

And yet...

Everything had to work out exactly the way it did for us to come into existence. 

The Milky Way had to form ~12.21 billion years ago and the Earth had to form ~4.43 billion years ago. Our species, Homo sapiens, had to survive countless threats to pop up...


May 26, 2017

I usually call these mini episodes Thought-Full Thursdays, but I’m changing them to Pattern Breakers.

The purpose of these shorts is to allow you a few moments to ponder and reflect on a few questions that relate to the week’s Actionable Book Short, and hopefully get you thinking in new ways and enhance your typical...


May 23, 2017

We differ in how we see the world because we grew up differently.  

Since we are a product of our individual experiences, any new information presented to us has to pass through our individual mental filter.

Today's Mental Monday, we're covering Confirmation Bias.

Our brains evolved to be able to make quick decisions...


May 22, 2017

In the book The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield, he states that each day you wake up you’re battling The Resistance, that little voice inside you saying you’re not good enough, you’ll never amount to anything, and that you’ll never get disciplined enough to reach your goals.

The hard truth is this: anything...