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Margin of Safety

A contingency or buffer to keep one safe from a negative or unfortunate outcome.

Hanlon’s Razor

Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.

Mr. Market

A fictitious investor whose illogical and conflicting reactions to the stock market represent the trappings of groupthink.

Second Order Thinking

The ability to reason beyond the obvious to interrogate decisions, and their consequences.

Pareto Principle

An observation that almost everything in the world has an uneven distribution — 80% of effects come from 20% of causes.

Maslow’s Hammer

If you only have a hammer, then everything looks like a nail. Folks mistakenly apply a familiar solution to every problem.

Red Queen Effect

The necessity to adapt and change to survive against others taking similar action in an ever-changing climate.

First Principles

The discipline of challenging all your assumptions about a problem to develop an original solution.

Lollapalooza Effect

A point where several psychological tendencies converge and elicit the desired outcome.

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Deep Dive Into Mental Models

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