Mental Models I Find Repeatedly Useful
Gabriel Weinberg

Anchoring — the first appearance of a phenomenon overshadows all subsequent appearances.

One-upmanship — More Parkinson. Strategies that subtly erase the advantages of a better player in your favour.

Woody Allen’s Variant on Pareto — 80% of life is just showing up.

10,000 hours — bogus theory promoted by Malcolm Gladwell.

My mother’s rule — after the age of 50, you spend more time in the repair shop than on the road.

Roger Miller’s insight — you can’t roller skate in a buffalo herd.

Rebecca’s rule — just because he’s obsessed with his first wife, doesn’t mean that it’s because she was wonderful.

Protest march advice — when they bring out the dogs and the horses, it’s time to go home.

Procrastination for the Nation — if the Great Powers had procrastinated in August 1914, there would never have been World War One.

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