Mental Models: The Complete List

This is a list of mental models I find repeatedly useful. According to billionaire investor Charlie Munger, “80 or 90 important models will carry about 90% of the freight in making you a worldly-wise person. And, of those, only a mere handful really carry very heavy freight.” Before the list, a quick look at mental […]

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Why I’m Taking a 90% Pay Cut to Write Full-Time

Today, I’m really scared. It’s January 1, 2017. Today, I made a big decision. For the next year of my life, I’m taking a 90% pay cut to make it as a full-time writer. First, some background. Three days ago, I got a message from Benjamin Hardy, one of the top writers on Medium and […]

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Shitty Days and How to Win Them

Today was a shitty day. I spent half my afternoon staring at a computer screen. The other half of the afternoon was spent feeling sorry about the first half. The result? A grand total of 0 words written. It didn’t stop there, of course. To celebrate my grand failure, I drank a latte, ate half […]

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Isaac Asimov: How to Defeat Writer’s Block

If there’s one word to describe Isaac Asimov, it’s “prolific”. To match the number of novels, letters, essays and other scribblings that Isaac produced in his lifetime, you would need to write at the pace of one full-length novel every two weeks for 25 years. For Isaac Asimov, writer’s block was simply not an option. […]

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How I Rebuilt Myself

I hadn’t showered in weeks. I sat on the floor. Or, what remained of the floor. Most of it was buried in old McDonald’s nugget packaging and unfinished homework. My room smelled of mold. Hell, I smelled of mold. But I noticed none of that. My eyes were on the screen, as they had been […]

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