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Mental Models: 30 Thinking Tools that Separate the Average from the Exceptional

Improved Decision-Making, Logical Analysis, and Problem-Solving
Narrated by: Russell Newton
Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Thirty practical and applicable guidelines to think smarter, faster, and with expert insight (even if you aren’t one).

 Mental models are like giving a treasure map to someone lost in the woods. They provide instant understanding, context, and most importantly, a path to the end destination. Now imagine having such a map for all problems and decisions in your life.

Battle information overwhelm, focus on what really matters, and make complex decisions with speed and confidence.

Mental Models: 30 Thinking Tools sheds light on true intelligence: It’s not about knowledge and knowing the capitals of all the countries in the world. It’s about how you think, and each mental model is a specific framework on how to think smart and with insight. You can approach the world by trying to analyze each piece of information separately, or you can learn mental models that do the work for you.

Learn how billionaires/CEOs, Olympic athletes, and scientists think differently and avoid mistakes.

Peter Hollins has studied psychology and peak human performance for over a dozen years, and is a best-selling author. He has worked with a multitude of individuals to unlock their potential and path towards success. His writing draws on his academic, coaching, and research experience.

The person with a hammer only sees nails. Become the person with a hammer, saw, sander, drill, screwdriver, and axe.

  • How to balance information and action without sacrificing speed - MM #3 and #5.
  • Understanding what data is really telling you - MM #8 and #10.
  • Charles Darwin’s secret to clear and honest thinking - MM #11.

Mental models for all walks of life: productivity, professional success, greater happiness, critical thinking, and decision-making.

  • Understanding correlation, causation, root causation, and proximate causation - MM #15 and #16.
  • Implementing anti-goals to find real priorities and focus - MM #19 and #23.
  • Being able to predict the future with basic probabilistic thinking - MM #10 and #25.
  • How to strategically allocate your time and resources for biggest impact - MM #27 and #30.

Think in models and always be a step ahead. Scroll up and click the "buy now" button to become exceptional.

©2019 Peter Hollins (P)2019 Peter Hollins

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Very useful mental models for entrepreneurs

This book was a pleasant surprise. I've listened to many books on entrepreneurship and ways to improve your mindset but most of the new ones are a bit more marketing than actual resourceful, this one on the other hand is quite useful and full of models that I can actually use and improve my way of thinking. The narrator's voice is pleasant and manages to captivate you. I believe that in order to remember all the models and be able to actually apply them you'll need to listen the book at least twice or also get the ebook/hard cover to be able to adnotate and bookmark ideas that you want to implement in the near future.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A toolkit everyone can benefit from.

Who takes the time to learn how to think? Not many, but everyone should. This book is a quick, well-written treatise on thinking and decision-making. Each method is defined in enough detail to either give you the steps necessary to employ the method or pique your interest to find out more about it. There were several topics that I bookmarked and shared with my coworkers.

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The nitty-gritty

For those of you who like it short and sweet, this is THE book. It's a very practical guide, full of easy-to-understand examples. This is also a great book for people who like to dig deeper because you can pick up all the keywords, expressions, and concepts and use them as a springboard for future research.

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Verbose and cliché

While this book provides an overview of a variety of mental models it surrounds the models with redundant, flowery, cliche descriptions. The summary offered with each chapter is the most useful part of the book.

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Useful material

I was provided this book as an arc. And, it had some useful information but was very dry. At times repetitive. I’m sure listeners could find some useful information here though.

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