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Our decisions shape who we are and the reality we live in. Learning to think more clearly and see reality more accurately can help you make better decisions. As an entrepreneur, you make dozens of decisions every day. Whether those decisions succeed or fail will be based in large part on your rate of learning. I’ve found the best way to improve the clarity of my thinking is to learn from what other people have already figured out. That’s why I’m sharing what I’m learning with you. These ideas have had a major positive impact on my life, and I hope they can have a similar effect on yours. I explore ideas and share insights related to entrepreneurship and personal development. Topics include high-performance teams, decision-making, habits, mental models, learning, technology, meditation, exercise, productivity, motivation, and ways to live a meaningful life.

THE UNFAIR ADVANTAGE with Brian Gitt Brian Gitt

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 2.3, 9 Ratings

Our decisions shape who we are and the reality we live in. Learning to think more clearly and see reality more accurately can help you make better decisions. As an entrepreneur, you make dozens of decisions every day. Whether those decisions succeed or fail will be based in large part on your rate of learning. I’ve found the best way to improve the clarity of my thinking is to learn from what other people have already figured out. That’s why I’m sharing what I’m learning with you. These ideas have had a major positive impact on my life, and I hope they can have a similar effect on yours. I explore ideas and share insights related to entrepreneurship and personal development. Topics include high-performance teams, decision-making, habits, mental models, learning, technology, meditation, exercise, productivity, motivation, and ways to live a meaningful life.

    Question your beliefs

    Question your beliefs

    Most of the time we believe what we hear. And too often we hear—and then believe—things that are not true. But imagine how hard it would be to question every fact and underlying assumption you hear or read throughout the day.

    Your brain acts like a sponge soaking up conversations with family and friends, daily news reports on TV and radio, information in emails and social media posts. It would impossible to test and probe every sentence from every source for complete accuracy. Even getting through one hour—much less a day—would be almost impossible. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

    To efficiently navigate life, we learn to trust people and institutions. Your life runs on trust for many things we take for granted. Trust undergirds our financial system, our justice system, our transportation system and provides the glue to hold our social fabric together. Without trust we would live in a world of paralyzing fear and violence.

    However, it’s important to recognize when it’s time to switch off your trust autopilot and begin questioning assumptions. If you don’t, you can make painful mistakes and walk blindly into bad decisions.

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    • 8 min
    DO IT

    DO IT

    Too often we let thoughts bang around in our heads and never apply a process to structure our thinking.
    I created the acronym DO IT (Define Observe Imagine Test) to help me remember the steps. With a little practice, applying this process becomes automatic and you can use it daily for different type of decisions.

    Not all decisions are important enough to require all four steps, but I recommend engaging in at least the first two steps for most decisions. Use no more steps or complexity than needed. Calibrate your time investment to the importance of the decision and how urgently it needs to be made. An effective process requires thinking deeply and writing down answers to each step.

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    • 6 min
    Treat mental fitness like physical fitness

    Treat mental fitness like physical fitness

    Muscles grow stronger when you stress them until they fatigue. Your brain grows stronger by exposing yourself to new ideas, considering opposing viewpoints, and learning new skills. Interest and inspiration sparks learning and motivates us to act. It awakens our inner creativity, shaking us from our apathy and triggering our desire to grow. Curiosity and a desire to gain understanding activates learning. Making the effort to learn through practice and repetition leads to knowledge.

    You can’t just wait for inspiration to strike. You must seek it out. Expose yourself to inspiring people and place yourself in challenging situations. Look for books, podcasts, blogs, lectures, videos, and performances that will inspire you and help you learn. A lot of people in the world are doing amazing, inspiring things — actively search for them.

    You can find list of books and podcasts I recommend at the end of the essay titled “Treat mental fitness like physical fitness” on briangitt.com.

    • 6 min
    Don't act like a victim

    Don't act like a victim

    People who struggle with victim mentality blame other people and their circumstances for their unhappiness. Blaming other people is not productive. Victim mentality robs us of our agency and power. It prevents us from taking responsibility and action to improve our situation.

    Scratch the surface of anyone’s life and you will find suffering and hardship. Oppressors and tyranny come in many forms and from many sources. Most of us experience oppression at some point in our lives from a classmate, boss, parent, spouse, teacher, sibling, or stranger. If you are lucky enough to escape human oppression, you won’t be able to avoid all of Mother Nature’s myriad sources of suffering, such as disease, natural disasters, predators, or aging. No one is exempt. Even the most privileged billionaires get terminal diseases, grow old, suffer injuries, and helplessly watch as people they love die.

    Don’t blame other people or let the tyrant in your head shape your mental state. Victim mentality will rob you of your agency and power. Take action to improve your situation and be grateful you’re not rotting in the ground.

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    • 3 min
    How to beat robots and build wealth

    How to beat robots and build wealth

    Build specific knowledge in highly technical or creative work and you will not be replaced by a robot. Career decisions determine where you invest the majority of your time. These important life decisions have a huge impact on your well-being and quality of life. Here are a few ways to build wealth while pursuing the career you want and ensuring robots will never replace you.

    We live in an unprecedented time of opportunity and prosperity. However, you need to work hard and make smart decisions if you want to participate in this abundance. No one is going to look out for your interests or care about your future more than you do. Find something you love to do that is creative or highly technical and then invest lots of time learning to be the best in the field. Prioritize learning over short term financial gain and find ways to create leverage and compounding value over time. Use criteria and a structured decision-making process for important career decisions to ensure you are on the path to financial freedom. Build specific knowledge in highly technical or creative work and you will not be replaced by a robot.

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    • 7 min
    Culture of envy

    Culture of envy

    Envy causes pain and unhappiness and can even lead to emotional or physical violence. We slip into envy when we resent others for their achievement or good fortune.

    There are two types of envy. Malicious envy wants the person who has found good fortune to suffer and to be stripped of their achievement, status, or possession. Benign envy can be a motivational force to push you to work harder to succeed.

    There’s not a fixed pot of money. Unfortunately, there are people who hold a wrong assumption that those who have more have taken it from those who have less. Accumulation of wealth is not zero sum. Poker is a zero-sum game because the amount of money in the pot is fixed. Therefore, the person that wins the game is taking money from the players that lose. Life and business do not work this way. Don’t allow envy to breed discontent, resentment, and bitterness.

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    • 5 min

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