Introduction to Mental Models

This is an intro to Chapter 2 of my Foundational Series for startup founders, team members, and anyone working together towards a world changing goal. These chapters contain foundational principles and practices I’ve collected through starting 3 startups, and pass on to the founders at startups I advise. The introduction to the entire series is here, I recommend you start there, if this is your first Tim Schwab experience.
“When weakness turns my ego up, I know you’ll count on the me from yesterday. If I turn into another: dig me up from under what is covering the better part of me.” — Incubus ‘Dig’ on Light Grenades

Listen to Dig by Incubus on @AppleMusic.(recommended)

None of us can see our own shit.

The only way to get what you want is a commitment to the truth. Not THE Truth. This isn’t about religion.

Truth, as in, what’s actually going on underneath all the bullshit we pile on top.

We can’t do this alone — we can only try to formulate the right questions to volley to our team and loved ones.

None of usthink we have ugly children. Some of your kids are ugly, there’s no avoiding it.

Biases, confirmation and otherwise, cover their own tracks. So do defensive routines.

When’s the last time you changed a core belief of yours, or even examined them to see if they’re still useful?

Understanding this is the beginning of practicing the discipline of working with mental models. One of the five disciplines all teams need to achieve extraordinary results, the practice of mental models is how you make sure the best ideas get put into practice.

This week (or when I get around to it), we’ll dive deeper into how mental models work and control our behavior.

For now, I know you’ll count on the me from yesterday. If I turn into another, dig me up from whatever [bullshit] is covering the better part of me.

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