“It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” Tony Robbins
Improving a skill you use everyday will give you a bigger return on the time you invest improving it. Thinking and decision making is used on a daily basis for problems , decisions and creating solutions.
Our mental models influence how we see the world and our decisions without us realising it. Instead of considering all options, we pay attention to evidence that supports our views and ignore the evidence which contradicts our opinions. We often do this without realising we are doing it.
The situation, people and our biases silently influence our thinking, how often do you question why you think something? These influences are usually done without our knowledge, understanding them won’t stop the influence but it can help you identify them and take them into account.
Our brain works fast allowing us to understand a situation, have opinions and make decisions quickly but speed comes at the cost of logic. Time is a tool and those who make good decisions use it to think either before or after a decision needs to be made.
The quality of a decision cannot guarantee a successful outcome but it increases the likelihood. The books below will help improve your thinking and understand the factors influencing your decisions. Please add books you have useful in the comments
- Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion — Robert B Cialdini
- Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition — Michael J. Mauboussen
- Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions — Dan Ariely
- Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth and Happiness — Richard H Thaler, Cass R Sunstein
- Letters from a Stoic — Seneca
- The Opposable Mind: How Successful Leaders Win Through Integrative Thinking — Roger Martin
- The Great Mental Models Volume 1: General Thinking Concepts — Shane Parrish
- Thinking, Fast and Slow — Daniel Kahneman
- Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger — Peter Bevelin
- Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know about Success Is (Mostly) Wrong — Eric Barker
Other notable books
- Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T Munger — Peter D. Kaufman
- A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas — Warren Berger
- More More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places — Michael J. Mauboussen
- SMARTCUTS: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success — Shane Snow
- The 33 Strategies of War — Robert Greene
- The 48 Laws Of Power — Robert Greene
- The Great Mental Models Volume 2: Physics, Chemistry and Biology — Shane Parrish