I started going through the material for BASB and thought I’d try to share some of the concepts as I go through the modules.
Information overload to information exhaustion
The world’s information is at our fingertips. That’s not always a good thing. The cost to share thoughts has gone to zero so… a lot of people share their thoughts. Not all of them are going to be as refined as a great book from 50 years ago.
Processing the firehose
We carry a portable firehose with us everywhere and the default is set to full blast. It’s worth taking the time and energy up front to build a system to process this information.
First, by being more selective with information sources coming in.
Second, making sure that everything has its place and then automating the flow of information to the proper places.
Third, by practicing connecting and synthesizing information for sharing, when necessary.
Casting nets instead of being a spear fisherman
You can take the slow way of building your systems and enhancing the background processing of your first and second brains. This is like slowly weaving a fishing net together. (Which is nice because it works well with Charlie Munger’s latticework mental model analogy.)
Or you can try to spear a specific fish every single time. Much harder. (But, hey, prety satisfying if you can do it!)