Unstuck Newsletter #017 (June-17-2020)

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Hello online friends,

It’s me, Ivaylo Durmonski. And this is the 17th edition of Unstuck. A weekly newsletter designed to help people navigate in this disoriented world, make progress, and become more rational. By sharing the lessons I learn from the books I read (and other interesting things), I want to help more people find direction in this directionless world.

Don’t be a cargo-cult thinker! Don’t be a cargo-cult entrepreneur!

This is what most people do wrong when they want to start a business or want to make some improvements in their lives: Instead of actually starting something and learning as they go along, they try to learn everything beforehand.

Instead of actually doing something that will take them closer to the desired goal, they waste their time engaging in the non-essentials – attending fancy conferences or watching YouTube videos about cryptocurrency.

I see people spending literally months researching for the best note-taking app or the best set of equipment to start a podcast. In the end, most of these folks quit before the launch of their show because they’re tired of the research mode.

That’s what it means to be a cargo-cultist. It’s a term mentioned in this week’s summary – Super Thinking.

But that’s not the only thing inside. Super Thinking: The Big Book of Mental Models by Gabriel Weinberg is a book that covers more than 300 mental models.

While it’s impossible to mention all of them in my summary, I extracted the best ones for you to read.

Book Summary:

  • Super Thinking book summary: You’re a big fan of mental models but you don’t know where to start? Read Super Thinking: The Big Book of Mental Models. Inside you will find over 300 thinking concepts – helping you become a black belt decision-maker.

Weekly Finds:

  • Untools: A cool collection of thinking tools and frameworks to help you solve problems, make decisions and understand systems better.
  • The great paradox of our time: “Our world is better off now than at any point in human history, but at the same time things have never been worse. It’s a contradiction that presents us with a seemingly unresolvable conundrum: the source of our progress has become the source of our downfall.”
  • Don’t hate yourself for not knowing things. Being a noob is a good thing. Actually, “the more you feel like a noob, the better.”

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Thank you for your time!


Ivaylo Durmonski

P.S. Are you a fan of mental models? Do you want to see more posts on the subject – or probably a collection of thinking concepts that you can use when needed?