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Mastering The Best Of What Other People Have Already Figured Out

Farnam Street (FS) is devoted to helping you develop an understanding of how the world really works, make better decisions, and live a better life. We address such topics as mental models, decision making, learning, reading, and the art of living.

In a world full of noise, Farnam Street is a place where you can step back and think about time-tested ideas while asking yourself questions that lead to meaningful understanding. We cover ideas from science and the humanities that will not only expand your intellectual horizons but also help you connect ideas, think in multidisciplinary ways, and explore meaning.

Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and run by Shane Parrish, we have helped millions of people master the best of what other people have already figured out.

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Double Loop Learning: Download New Skills and Information into Your Brain

June 25, 2018

We’re taught single loop learning from the time we are in grade school, but there’s a better way. Double loop learning is the quickest and most efficient way to learn anything that you want to “stick.” *** So, you’ve done the work necessary to have an opinion, learned the mental models, and considered how you […]

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Smarter, Not Harder: How to Succeed at Work

June 18, 2018

We each have 96 energy blocks each day to spend however we’d like. Using this energy blocking system will ensure you’re spending each block wisely to make the most progress on your most important goals. Warren Buffett “ruled out paying attention to almost anything but business—art, literature, science, travel, architecture—so that he could focus on […]

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Pain Plus Reflection Equals Progress

June 11, 2018

Our most painful moments are also our most important. Rather than run from pain, we need to identify it, accept it, and learn how to use it to better ourselves. *** Our images of learning are filled with positive thoughts about how we learn from others. We read memoirs from the titans of industry, read […]

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