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Mental Models

Problem-Solving, Improving Your Life, and Your Decision-Making Process, Through the Implementation of Strategic Thinking and the Right Mental Models
Narrated by: Damien Noble
Length: 3 hrs
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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How different your life would be if you were capable of choosing the best solution, regardless of the problem you were presented with?

How different it would be if you had made different decisions along the way completely sure that you were doing the right thing?

Every person faces critical decisions every day as they choose what to do with their lives. So, how do you build on these decisions to become wildly successful like people like Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos? These men are not geniuses, and while they do have an incredible work ethic, what lies at the heart of their success is the unique way in which they think. Consider this information is useless unless you can apply it. For example, if a person can list all the counties within a state, it can be cool to show off to friends and a good ice breaker in dating situations. However, it isn’t necessarily something that is useful in most situations. It is just a list of facts that doesn’t have a true purpose.

Knowledge becomes useful when you can apply it to a framework. That is what mental models essentially are a framework for thinking.

When making decisions or solving problems, people are limited to the information that they have available to them. 

Mental models let information be organized, visualized, and conceptualized. They represent all the possible outcomes in problem-solving and decision making and let you organize them in a way that makes it possible to choose the most desirable outcome.

Even though mental models are incredible tools, they can also be limiting. A person who specializes in something, as people often do in their careers, is limited to the mental models they are familiar with. This means that unless they work to broaden their mental models, they might only see a problem a specific way.

For example, before starting Amazon, Jeff Bezos had an idea about an online bookstore. Even though the idea was promising, the Internet was rather new at the time. He also already had a great job, and there was a risk of failure. Instead of doing what many people would when trying to make a big decision like starting a company and thinking about what could go wrong, he decided to frame his decision a different way. Bezos used what is known as the regret minimization framework by visualizing himself looking back at his life from decades in the future. He had this idea, and there was a risk of failure, as there always with great ideas - but would he regret it at 80 years old if he didn’t try?

Bezos decided he would - and that was when the idea for Amazon came to fruition. Even if that idea would not have been a great success, Bezos knew he would regret not trying. He was able to reach this conclusion using a mental model that let him see the situation in a different perspective - a perspective that allowed him to create one of the most successful companies in the world today.

This audiobook will serve as a foundation for understanding mental models in a way that will allow you to apply them to work and your life. 

As you learn new ways to think about things, you have more possible outcomes at your disposal. You’ll find yourself capable of making the right decisions, over and over again. You’ll also find that it is easier to solve problems with the best possible outcome. Who wouldn’t want to reach the same degree of success as someone like Jeff Bezos or Warren Buffett? All you have to do is change the way you think. The good news? It’s something that you build on slowly over time.

This means that you can get started today by listening to this audiobook!

©2019 Emily Taylor (P)2019 Emily Taylor

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Very suggest this book. I really enjoyed this listen. The author did an excellent job of writing. I highly recommended this book!

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Overall a good book. Hollis has acquired a large list of mental models that are interesting and useful. I am very satisfied to listen this book!

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Interesting book!

This book will recommend critical mental models to incorporate in your latticework of mental models to greatly increase your thinking capacity and enhance your decision-making process for better outcomes. Recommended this book!

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Great Book!

Easy to listen, insightful and funny! It’s like a really smart, funny friend giving you advice and useful tips on how you might wanna go about solving your problems. If you’re feeling stuck, listen this book. You’ll come away looking at your problems in a different light!

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Good Book!

I like the mental model introductions from this book. I got here helpful tips to help in decision making. Models are briefly well described. After listening this book and i found very good information. A very well written book by author. Thanks author!

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Well Organized!

I found this an excellent book to start my self development in leadership. The talk-over was clear, making it easy to process what was being said. This book gives handy hints and tips and I personally found it very useful. listening this book and learn many things. I highly recommended this book!

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Awesome!

This book is a well detailed, informative guide and will serve as a useful tool for anyone looking to enhance their mental models and develop new ones for better thought clarity and comprehension of various systems and phenomena. I highly recommended this book!

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Loving stuff

This book is excellent. I’ve listen a lot of books about mental models and I find that they are often vague and confusing. But this book is clear and straightforward. And it’s we’ll-written. I highly recommend it.

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I love this book!

This book gives convenient insights and tips and I for one thought that it was helpful. The lament will adhere to me for the duration of the day however subsequent to perusing that piece of the book, I believe I'm currently ready to lessen my remorseful conduct and it will likewise assist me with pursuing things I need to do where lament and overthinking continues keeping me down. This book likewise shows the science behind why the procedures talked about in this book are powerful.

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Good listen.

Some useful ideas. Straight to the point without being too long-winded. A great first book by the author. Looking forward to more books from him. I am very satisfied to listen this book!

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  • 10-15-19

This book offers a concise and well-organized

This book offers a concise and well-organized review of common “mental models” or approaches to problem-solving and productivity. I enjoyed that it was long on helpful details and short on hype and boosterism, an increasingly rare thing in the Kindle arena today.

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  • Samuel Williams
  • 10-15-19

Nails the most useful of mental models

Nails the most useful of mental models and even goes over some of the more known, but less-nuanced models and provides ways one can apply them to their daily life.

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  • Marilee Chung
  • 10-15-19

Author's tips are well thought out

the author is an up and coming Amazing author. His tips are well thought out and maintain a consistent enjoyable style of writing. I've bought several of his books. All are amazing. Helping me think soundly outside the box, and try to stretch beyond the borders of my comfort zone.

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  • Robin
  • 11-03-19

Easy to listen!

Easy to listen, insightful and funny! It’s like a really smart, funny friend giving you advice and useful tips on how you might wanna go about solving your problems. If you’re feeling stuck, listen this book. You’ll come away looking at your problems in a different light!

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  • Jack
  • 11-03-19

Interesting!

This book all tips and ideas are really very helped me, which is i realized practically. This book some information are really very helped me. I'm highly recommend this book for those persons who are really very interested to know about this things.

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  • Jolly
  • 11-03-19

Awesome!

This book is great if you need help in deciding what to prioritize and also how to prioritize. Finding the difference between "urgent" and "important" is one of the first examples mentioned. This made it super easy and can be applied on most day to day work and delegations. I would recommend this book!

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  • Williams
  • 11-03-19

Really useful information!

I appreciate the information on Mental Models! Definitely detracted from the overall value of the book. I would recommend the book to anyone who is looking to explore this type of Secret Weapon to Master Problem Solving. The book was well written, Thank you for this book!

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  • Prince
  • 11-03-19

I would recommend this book!

This book was brilliant. It gives an inside and out dialog into making mental models that line up with the mental models of clients. In my past It occurred to me that i had to take lifetime decisions, but in most cases i was unsure about them. I am very satisfied to listen this book!

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  • Orla
  • 11-03-19

Very good book!

Very informative book! This made it super easy and can be applied on most day to day work and delegations. I would recommend for anyone that is a self-starter or is seeking tips on becoming a self-starter.

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  • Lisa
  • 11-03-19

Perfect!

This book is a pleasant surprise. I've listen 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 use and improve my way of thinking.