Mental Models

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We use mental models as simplified representations of how things work. We can't store all of the information we encounter in our heads, so mental models are used to break complex ideas into manageable parts.

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David Elikwu

Thanksgiving: A Lesson In Mental Models And Heuristics

Every year in November I see a debate unfold around the history of Thanksgiving. On the surface there's one version of the story. A story of friendship and togetherness which is widely celebrated. And below the surface there's an alternate story with far more complex consequences. It makes me think...

David Elikwu

The Market for Great Things

I woke up at 04:30 and wrote a beautiful newsletter. Every word shone as though inspired by some higher power. It was immaculate. And then, for no reason at all, it disappeared. All my hard work was gone in a puff of smoke. And there's no great moral lesson...

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How to Be Happier Without Really Trying: The Ultimate Guide

Behavioural scientists have studied what makes us happy (and what doesn't). We know that happiness predicts health and longevity and that happiness scales may be used to assess societal progress and policy effectiveness. Happiness, on the other hand, isn't something that just happens to you. Everyone has the ability to...

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7 Steps to a Happier Day: Morning Ritual

How you start your day is incredibly important. If you wake up feeling rushed and stressed, it's going to be a long day. But if you take the time to establish a morning ritual, you'll start your day off on the right foot and be happier throughout the day. We...

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How to Fail Forward: Why You Should Fail Frequently

We all know that failure is not a fun thing to go through. It's embarrassing, it's frustrating, and it often feels like we're the only ones who have ever failed. Failures are a part of life. In fact, if you're not failing, you're not trying hard enough. Many people avoid...

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