Tuesday 18 November 2014

Inversion: Turning the problem around in reverse

"The way complex adaptive systems work and the way mental constructs work is that problems frequently get easier, I’d even say usually are easier to solve if you turn them around in reverse.

 In other words, if you want to help the situation, the question you should ask is not “how can I help   situation ”, it’s “what is doing the worst damage in this situation? What will automatically do the worst damage and how do I avoid it?” 

In life, unless you’re more gifted than Einstein, inversion will help you solve problems.

 Let me use a little inversion now. What will really fail in life? What do you want to avoid? Such an easy answer: sloth and unreliability. If you’re unreliable it doesn’t matter what your virtues are. Doing what you have faithfully engaged to do should be an automatic part of your conduct. You want to avoid sloth and unreliability."  

-- Charlie Munger

Source: Charlie Munger's Talk on Deserved Trust


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