Transform confusion into curiosity, certainty into skepticism and frustrations into fascinations.
I’ve always felt that our world has an innate topsy-turvy logic that I can’t make sense of. Reading Charlie Munger’s speeches on Mental Models, I realized I was right. And wrong. The world is bizarre, but we can make sense of it. And yet I never bothered diving deep into Mental Models.
But reading Gabriel Weinberg’s list of Mental Models, the truth hit home — what I didn’t know was hurting me. And so it began. I started collecting my favorite models, finding examples, and rewriting them in my own words. Still, I never shared my collection. Munger and Weinberg had it covered.
Then my Mental Model collection and commonplace book collided. As I was building my Mental Model collection on Evernote, I was simultaneously building a commonplace book with physical note cards, where I collect great lines from literature and unorthodox quotes from history’s wisest humans. Slowly, more and more connections emerged.
So I began pairing the practical with the poetic — the analytical left-brain models with the intuitive right-brain quotes. I didn’t want to only connect the Mental Models with each other, but with books, people and ideas that meant something to me. I wanted them to be better together. That mission led to this list.
The 100 Mental Models are sorted into 15 sections:
- PHYSICS (the foundations of our galaxies best thinkers)
- SCIENCE & SCIENTISM (truth vs facts)
- EVOLUTION (it’s not what you think)
- STATISTICS (174% of ‘facts’ are misleading)
- PSYCHOLOGY (humans are weird)
- BUSINESS 101 (for owners not accountants)
- TOOLS for ANALYSIS (meta-thinking)
- DECISION MAKING (be less wrong)
- ARGUING vs NEGOTIATING (winning arguments vs winning)
- INTERPERSONAL (soft skills are underrated)
- THE DARK ARTS (persuasion hacks)
- CREATIVITY (breaking boundaries)
- SUCCESS PATTERNS (open secrets to success)
- PRODUCTIVITY (read this first)
- KEYS of STRATEGY (connecting the dots)