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Bounce! Conversations with Larry Weeks

Interviews w/ authors, entrepreneurs, athletes and others on resilience, getting on or getting over life’s set ups and setbacks.

On the podcast Larry has in-depth conversations with notable people from a variety of fields and occupations; professors, entrepreneurs, athletes, physicians, etc, to get their stories or research on how to deal with or prepare for life’s challenges, stumbles, and stings. If research exists on how people bounce back, he talks about it. If there are physical practices, proven psychologies or philosophies that can help people build personal foundations before the storms come, he digs into it.

Sep 27, 2023

"Often circumstances think for us, we don't really have a choice. And anybody who puts themselves in a bad position has no good options available. So a lot of the work involved in a decision comes before the actual decision is made." 

In decision-making, clarity is a critical element, if not the fundamental purpose; it reduces errors and facilitates confident, effective choice-making. 

In this episode, my guest sheds light on how to get clarity in decision-making, and I'll add, how to transform knowledge into wisdom.

Shane Parrish is a former cybersecurity expert at Canada's top intelligence agency turned thought leader. He is the mind behind Farnam Street, a site that's very popular among the innovator and investor class that draws on a variety of thinkers from Lao Tsu and Emerson to Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger. 

Shane is also acclaimed for his bestselling series on mental models titled "The Great Mental Models Volume 1: General Thinking Concepts", Volume 2: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology", and "Volume 3: Systems and Mathematics." And his latest book, "Clear Thinking: Turning Ordinary Moments Into Extraordinary Results," is the topic of this podcast. 

Listen in as we dive into how to think more clearly and, in doing so, make better decisions. 

Discussion highlights include:

  • The origin of Farnham Street and the influence of Berkshire Hathaway 
  • The problem with living life on 'autopilot'
  • The importance of deep understanding.
  • Recognizing 'ego default' and its role in clouded decision-making.
  • Writing as a tool for clear thinking
  • Decision lessons from everyday moments  
  • The importance of pre-decision positioning
  • Explanation of the Learning Loop 
  • How to incorporate intuition in decision-making. 
  • How to get quality feedback input from experienced individuals.
  • Safety nets: using rules and processes to enhance decision-making
  • On mental models. 
  • How to think in reverse
  • Separating problem identification from problem-solving
  • The morning review: a method for decision validation

I believe you're going to find this episode very insightful and incredibly useful. 

Listen carefully, as it's not just about gathering knowledge; it's about applying it in a way that brings clarity to our complex world.

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