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Mental models

Learn more about general thinking strategies and tactics, including decision-making, problem-solving, and productivity.

Mental models

The killer(s) on the road: reducing your risk of automotive death

How, where, and why do most people die behind the wheel of an automobile? Is there anything we can do to prevent deaths on the road?

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Making sense of tragedy

As soon as this week’s podcast with Ryan Holiday went up people began contacting me to say how timely it was, if not outright eerie, given it was recorded a few months earlier. Only the day before it was released, we learned about the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the life of Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, along with seven other people.

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Qualy #80 – The four pillars of charity: water that helped it overcome the stigma of nonprofits and become successful

Today’s episode of The Qualys is from podcast #25 – Scott Harrison: transformation, finding meaning, and taking on the global water crisis.

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#82 – Mark Messier: Leadership, personal growth, and performing under pressure

“No great leader is mistake-free. Every leader makes mistakes, but it’s the equity that you’ve built up into the people that you are around that will forgive you for making an honest mistake. . . [and they] aren’t going to abandon you because of that mistake. . .they still trust your vision and how you can get there.” — Mark Messier

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#79 – Ric Elias: Earning the gift of life

“This is how I would judge my life…’Did I earn my gift?’…We in our evolution can’t process death. Otherwise, we would have never left the cave. I left the cave. I was given the gift, and that gift is a responsibility.” — Ric Elias

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#78 – Sasha Cohen: The price of achievement, and redefining success

“You can be a healthy, functioning human being, or you can be the best in the world at something, but you can’t be both.” — Sasha Cohen

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#74 – Jason Fried: Optimizing efficiency and work-life balance

“People brag about how little sleep they get, and how much they work. I don’t understand that…if you really ask them about why they’re working so long, it’s not that there’s more work to do, it’s that there’s less time to do good work, because people’s days are broken into smaller and smaller and smaller chunks of time…And before you know it’s the end of the day and you’ve got nothing done even though you’ve been busy all day.” —Jason Fried

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Conspiracy theory theories: July 20, 1969

I almost can’t believe yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of Armstrong and Aldrin touching down on the moon’s surface. What’s more unbelievable to me is that there are a number of people who entirely refuse that it ever happened.

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#60 – Annie Duke, decision strategist: Poker as a model system for life—how to improve decision making, use frameworks for learning, and apply ‘backcasting’ to boost your odds for future success

“We don’t want [people] to be afraid of the bad outcomes. . .because we would like people to be innovative and push against the status quo because that’s how we move forward as a society, as a business, as an individual.” — Annie Duke

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#56 – Jocko Willink, retired Navy SEAL, Part II of II: Sleep, fasting, raising kids, discipline, taking ownership, and the impact of war

“Leading a family is the same way you lead an organization or lead a team. If you bark orders at your team, your team won’t like you, they won’t respect you, and they’re not going to carry out those orders with any sort of commitment.” — Jocko Willink

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