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Farnam Street (FS) helps you master the best of what other people have already figured out. Together we will develop the mental models to understand how the world works, make better decisions, and live a more meaningful life.

In a world full of noise and expiring information FS is a place to step back and think about time-tested ideas. Not only will will help you remember how curious you were but we’ll help you think in a multidisciplinary way.

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The Importance of Working With “A” Players

April 15, 2019

Stop me if this sounds familiar. There is a person who toils alone for years in relative obscurity before finally cracking the code to become a hero. The myth of the lone genius. It’s the stuff of Disney movies. Of course, we all have moments when we’re alone and something suddenly clicks. We’d do well […]

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In the face of adversity, are you a Guernsey or a Brahman?

March 25, 2019

If the mother of a Guernsey and a Brahma calf dies, one of the calves will survive and one will not. One thing makes the difference. And is it the very factor that keeps us from reaching what we want most. *** Persistence in the face of defeat often makes the difference in outcome. Ask […]

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Yes, It’s All Your Fault: Active vs. Passive Mindsets

March 18, 2019

The hard truth is that most things in your life – good and bad – are your fault. The sooner you realize that, the better things will be. Here’s how to cultivate an active mindset and take control of your life. What happens when someone repeatedly says it—whatever “it” may be—is not their fault? “It’s […]

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The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts

The old saying goes, “To the man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” But anyone who has done any kind of project knows a hammer often isn’t enough.

The more tools you have at your disposal, the more likely you’ll use the right tool for the job — and get it done right.

The same is true when it comes to your thinking. The quality of your outcomes depends on the mental models in your head. And most people are going through life with little more than a hammer.

Until now.

The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts is the first book in The Great Mental Models series designed to upgrade your thinking with the best, most useful and powerful tools so you always have the right one on hand.

This volume details nine of the most versatile, all-purpose mental models you can use right away to improve your decision making, productivity, and how clearly you see the world. You will discover what forces govern the universe and how to focus your efforts so you can harness them to your advantage, rather than fight with them or worse yet— ignore them.

Upgrade your mental toolbox and get the first volume today!


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