Become the thinker you are meant to be.
Through the 5-step process taught in this course, you’ll learn a system that turns passive consumption into a system for practical learning that will make you a better thinker.
It’s possible you’re already familiar with mental models and may have even spent considerable time learning some or looking through lists of them.
- Memorized dozens of models
- Taken detailed notes
- Read description after description of concepts that sound useful
- Made an Anki deck or a Trello board
…and yet, it hasn’t made a difference.
Unfortunately, being aware of mental models and what they are supposed to do isn’t enough. Memorizing models isn’t the same as learning how to use them to make decisions and solve problems.
If you feel stuck in your progress, too busy reacting to think about how you think, there’s a good reason for that… and reading yet more examples of mental models isn’t going to help.
To actually see any benefit, you need to develop your own unique latticework, along with an understanding of how each model connects with the others and how to actually use them in your everyday life. Mental Models for Better Thinking teaches you how to do just that.
Before this course…
- You’ve read countless books but struggle to apply what you learn to your everyday life.
- You react quickly to situations and don’t think deliberately before acting.
- You move from one decision to another at such a rapid pace that you fail to reflect on what happened and whether or not you saw the picture accurately.
After this course…
- You’ll have a 5-step system to take everything you learn and be able to actually apply it to your thinking and decision-making.
- You’ll have outlined your thinking process and created a space to pause and insert mental models to help you see a fuller picture.
- You’ll develop a personal system of reflection to help you analyze and learn from your experiences.
If you’re ready to translate your knowledge into a system for better thinking that leads to more positive outcomes, this course is for you.
Module 1 – Learn how to deliberately acquire mental models
First, we need to acquire a model. You can find your own or take any of the hundreds we’ve discovered in the world. In this module, you’ll learn how to discover mental models in your everyday life, a process for learning about the model, and a checklist to ensure the model is well-rounded.
Module 2 – Learn effective preparation techniques
Once you have a model chosen, you have to prepare to use that model. Is this model a lens you can see the world through, or a tool you can use to think in a different way? How will you recall what the model means in the heat of the moment? You’ll learn how to do all this in module 2.
Module 3 – Learn to integrate models into your thinking process
The most common problem people have with mental models is that they can learn their definitions but can’t apply them in the moment. This often happens because they don’t take the time to properly integrate them into their thinking process. In this module, you’ll learn how to map your thinking process and make it effective and repeatable. You’ll also learn how to create a pause in your thinking process that allows you to look in your latticework of mental models before making a decision.
Module 4 – Learn effective reflection techniques
Contrary to popular belief, learning doesn’t happen by just reading or doing; it happens in reflection. Reflection is the number one key to using and applying mental models properly. In module 4, you’ll learn how to reflect on the models themselves, how you used them, the process you used to acquire them, the outcomes of using the models, and what to do next.
Module 5 – Construct your own latticework of mental models
Learning models is helpful, but having bits and pieces of information stored in your brain isn’t what will make you a better thinker. Instead, you have to make connections between the different models in your head. Doing so helps eliminate blind spots in your thinking and ensures you’re able to see the situation from all sides. In module 5, you’ll bring everything you learned in modules 1-4 together to create your own personal latticework of mental models.
Are you ready to level up your thinking? If you join now, you’ll receive the following:
- Access to 5 modules that cover how to acquire a model, preparing to use a model, integrating models into your current thinking, reflecting on what you’ve learned, and constructing your own on-demand Latticework
- 77 lectures from mental models experts
- 15 exercises to help you apply what you learn to your own life
- Live-hosted events led by our mental models experts where you’ll learn the principles and have the opportunity to ask questions
- Community access
- Bonus materials
Learn about mental models from the people who literally wrote the book on it.
Rhiannon Beaubien, lead author of The Great Mental Models book series, developed Farnam Street’s ReThink Parenting course, teaching parents how to use specific models to improve family life. As a practitioner of mental models, she has yet to come across a situation or challenge that isn’t better navigated with some deliberately constructed models.
Shane Parrish teaches, guides and coaches CEOs wanting to perform at the top of their game. He is the founder of Farnam Street Media, Latticework Publishing, and Syrus Partners. Shane authors Farnam Street’s weekly newsletter Brain Food, delivering timeless insight for better decisions to over 400,000 readers worldwide.
Shane and Rhiannon don’t just write about mental models. They teach them to others and use these same models every day to make decisions, improve relationships, solve problems, and identify opportunities.
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This program can change your life. That’s not something we toss out lightly. We’ve seen some incredible results out of this program, but your results will depend on what you put into it.
Participate for up to 14 days, and if you no longer feel it’s right for you, send us an email ([email protected]), and you’ll get a complete refund. It’s as simple as that.
Who is this course for?
Mental Models for Better Thinking is an interdisciplinary course designed to teach how to construct and apply a latticework of mental models. It might be right for you if you’re:
- A student hungry to learn better, or a lifelong learner
- An entrepreneur or business owner wanting to spot new opportunities
- A leader needing to make smart decisions under pressure
- An ambitious thinker in search of rationality and a competitive edge
- A voracious reader always out to go to bed smarter every night
- Feeling stuck in your thinking and ready for a fresh perspective
- Someone who would like to face and overcome challenges more effectively
What is Farnam Street?
Farnam Street (or FS as we call it) focuses on timeless lessons and insights for work and life. We do this by ‘mastering the best of what other people have already figured out.’ After all, it’s much easier to benefit from lessons that other people have already paid the price for than making all the mistakes yourself.
Our weekly newsletter offers quick and useful multidisciplinary wisdom. Our articles explore timeless ideas and people. Our podcast offers deep and nuanced conversations. And our books offer a deeper exploration of ideas that never expire.
Can I take this course with my team/friends/etc?
If you want to do it with others, which is a great form of accountability, please register separately. Reach out to [email protected] for team discount options.
Can I expense this course?
While this will depend on your organization’s policies, most sensible employers know that encouraging investment in lifelong learning pays exponential returns. If you’re asked to justify the expense, we suggest mentioning points such as:
- At $399, this course is a fraction of the cost of traditional forms of education
- Building a latticework of mental models will mean you’re far more efficient at acquiring other knowledge and skills in the future
- Plus, it will help you get considerably more mileage out of past education or training
- Mental Models for Better Thinking is online and self-paced so it won’t require time off or commitment during working hours
- Farnam Street has a proven track record of boosting the decision-making, problem-solving, and critical thinking abilities of thousands of professionals in numerous fields—including investing, sports, academia, marketing, and more.
How long will this course take?
This course is estimated to take approximately 20 hours to complete, including time to try the exercises and apply the learning through the challenges, but we encourage you to work through it at your own pace. If you plan to work through the program in real time, we recommend about 3 hours per week to watch the training, complete the assignments, and practice the skills in life and work.
If you’re not able to find the time, don’t sweat it. We know many of you have full-time jobs and busy family lives. A lot of students want to pause at various points and resume in the future as their schedule allows. Because you have lifetime access for as long as it exists, you’ll never have to choose the course over your life.
This program is action-oriented and based on what works in reality. There are no fast or even guaranteed results. Transforming how you think and learn is more than just taking a five week online course. This course is designed as a hands-on, how-to learning experience. We prioritized supporting people through application challenges, by offering live-hosted events with the instructors, and offering a community experience for peer-to-peer learning and support. While it’s full of timeless behaviors and routines, it’s something you’ll work on getting better at for the rest of your life. The more you put in, the more you’ll get out.
Is this course taught live?
Mental Models for Better Thinking is prerecorded to ensure all of the lectures and instructional videos are polished to a stellar production quality. We chose not to teach it live so you can get the maximum benefit from visually interesting and meticulously edited videos. This also means you can fit it to your schedule, your preferred pace, and your unique learning style.
Why should I pay when there is so much content about mental models for free on the blog or for a lower price in the books?
In contrast to what’s on the market about mental models themselves, this course is about the process of how to use them for better thinking. Free materials from various sources may provide a piece of the puzzle, but cannot give you a latticework you can use in real time. What we’ve created in this program is a way to train your brain for mental model building and application so you can put the puzzle together for amazing results.
We prefer to avoid prescriptive language on our blog and this course is no different. Instead of offering a prescription we give a framework of processes that you can follow as-is or tailor and customize to fit your unique challenges and situation. Each part of the 5-step process to construct a latticework offers a process you can follow exactly or modify.
We’ve done extensive research and are confident that nothing out there for free comes close to the quality and value of this course. It’s an investment you’ll profit from every day for the rest of your life.
What if I’m a total beginner at using mental models?
Mental models are nothing new—they’re how your brain already processes reality into comprehensible chunks. The difference is that this course teaches you how to leverage existing thinking processes by consciously reshaping them.
We encourage a “beginners mind” in this course – and even people who have amassed a volume of mental models will benefit from taking a fresh look at how they acquired them. This course is for learners at all levels.
If you’re new to the topic of mental models, don’t worry. We cover all of the basics, bringing you practical guidance every step of the way.
How long will I have access to the content?
You’ll have access to the course for as long as we offer it. We can’t promise lifetime access because we don’t know what that means… whose lifetime? Yours? Mine? In 50 years? But there’s no rush and you can go at your own pace. Pause, rewind, revisit, contribute, apply and refresh whenever you wish.