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Every Map is Flawed

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
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Every Map is Flawed

A man visits a therapist and says, “I’ve just gotten fired, for the seventh time in the last five years. I’m having trouble with my wife, and I’ve already been divorced three times. I desperately need you to help me understand: Why are there so many screwed-up people out there in the world?”

Peter Senge

Mental maps

Let’s face it.

We all know someone like the man.

For some of us, we may even someone like that intimately.

If that someone is you, then please do not read on.

For you will think you’re right and I am wrong.

But the reality is both of us are right.

And both of us are wrong.

The theme for the year

I have embarked on this year’s theme to focus on mental models.

With two assumptions.

  1. All mental models are flawed. No matter how smart you are, how well traveled you are, how experienced you are, your mental model of how the world works is never absolutely, positively accurate. The manifestation of this assumption is the willingness to accept “I am wrong“.
  2. All mental models need to be expanded. Despite all that you know, there’s always a deeper level, a wider level, a longer level of your mental model that needs expanding. So aim for expanding your mental model in all three dimensions. Four, if you can.

Are you aware of your mental model of how the world works?

Melvyn Tan

Despite living the good life at midlife, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My aim here is to reinvent midlife, learn new skills, and understand how the world works post-COVID.