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67 - Addition through Subtraction (Mental Model)

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Release Date: 03/15/2020

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Mental Models discussed in this podcast:

  • Addition through Subtraction

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Addition through Subtraction Mental Model

  • First introduced to me by Joshua Kennon on his blog.
  • You can improve aspects of your life, whether that's personal finance or your investing process by removing things instead of always trying to add things.
  • Companies can do this as well. Apple is a great example of a company that has been able to leverage Addition by Subtraction. 
    • They improved the smartphone by removing the physical keyboard. This led to the creation of the iPhone.
  • Challenge for you today: What is preventing you from achieving your goals? What actions are you taking, what distraction are you allowing into your life, and what investments do you currently own, that are limiting your ability to achieve success?

Summary:

When trying to improve don't solely focus on adding things to your life or adding steps to your investing process. It is important to also spend time trying to identify and remove pieces that are slowing you down or preventing you from achieving your goals. The addition through subtraction mental model captures this simple truth in a way that I believe is useful.