THE UNFAIR ADVANTAGE with Brian Gitt

THE UNFAIR ADVANTAGE with Brian Gitt

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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.


DO IT
Aug 6 • 6 min
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…
Treat mental fitness like physical fitness
Aug 2 • 6 min
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…
Don’t act like a victim
Jul 30 • 3 min
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…
How to beat robots and build wealth
Jul 29 • 7 min
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…
Culture of envy
Jul 27 • 5 min
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…
Feedback accelerates learning
Jul 22 • 4 min
Seek feedback from people who have different skills, experiences, and perspectives to correct mistakes and learn faster. Direct, honest feedback is hard to find because very few people are willing to tell you the truth. Most people want to avoid conflict,…
Write down your decisions
Jul 21 • 2 min
Write down and track decisions to improve your judgment over time. If you are not evaluating your decisions, how do you know we are making the right choices? Good outcomes are not a good indicator of a good decision. How much was due to luck? Making good…
Have fewer opinions
Jul 20 • 3 min
It’s very difficult to convince yourself of a new idea if a contradictory idea is already anchored in your thinking. Most of the beliefs and opinions I held most deeply in my twenties and thirties were wrong. In fact, it would be an easier exercise to…
Don’t trust your gut
Jul 19 • 2 min
The more complex the situation, the less you should trust your intuition, which is your brain’s attempt to make decisions based on patterns it recognizes from a lifetime of experiences. Unfortunately, our brains can’t process the level of complexity…
Let the best ideas win
Jul 18 • 3 min
Good ideas survive deep skepticism and intense competition. Stress-testing ideas exposes their weaknesses and highlights their strengths. Innovation happens when people are encouraged to put forward their best thinking, no matter their status, power, or…
Make fewer decisions
Jul 17 • 7 min
Create habits and automate decisions to save time and energy. Every decision we make throughout the day requires attention and carries an opportunity cost; thus, creating decision-making systems can make you more productive and less frazzled. Once you…
Always take the red pill
Jul 12 • 2 min
Always seek out the truth even if it contradicts the beliefs you hold. Self-deceit and ignorance can harm you. To improve your judgement and be wrong less often. Always take the red pill and seek out the truth. Learn more at briangitt.com
High performance teams
Jul 2 • 3 min
High performance cultures are built on high performance habits. Peak performance requires proactively designing your culture around rapid learning, trust, accountability, and habits to improve mental fitness. Habits to improve mental performance are not…
Rules for decision making
Jun 30 • 3 min
Without rules we risk getting jerked like a puppet, simply reacting to conditions around us. Rules for behavior and communication allow us to work together more effectively, and rules can also help you make better decisions. Just as programming languages…
Taming emotion
Mar 7 • 6 min
Your emotions influence your decisions. Learning to read and regulate your emotions will help you make better choices and build better relationships with all kinds of people. Emotional intelligence can be learned. But just like any skill, it requires…
Opportunity cost
Feb 23 • 4 min
You make dozens of decisions every day. And every decision you make has a cost. By deciding to pursue one thing, you’re saying no to something else. It’s easy to recognize opportunity cost when it’s staring you in the face—like moving to a new city,…
A map is not the territory
Feb 15 • 5 min
Often, we think of maps as tools to help us navigate the physical world, allowing us to get where we want to go. But we also have mental maps. You interpret reality based on the maps in your head. It’s important not to confuse your map with the territory.…
Blind certainty
Feb 8 • 5 min
The easiest person to fool is yourself. It’s very difficult to convince yourself of a new idea when a contradictory idea is already anchored in your thinking. When you understand that this blind spot is our normal state, you can design decision-making…
The company’s most valuable asset
Feb 1 • 5 min
People are the most valuable asset of any company. Your strategy to attract, hire, and retain talent will have a big impact on the success or failure of your business. To solve hard problems, you need to assemble a team with diverse skills, personality…
Be like Ike: Make better decisions, get more done
Jan 25 • 4 min
Dwight Eisenhower was a productive person who is best remembered today as a military leader and two-term U.S. president. As president, Eisenhower signed the Civil Rights Act of 1957, championed the interstate highway system, and authorized the creation of…
The most powerful force in the universe
Jan 19 • 3 min
We need goals to know where we are going and daily habits to help us get there. Consciously designing your life around the compounding principle will give you an exponential return in learning new skills, enhancing diet and exercise, or building a…
Write to think better
Jan 11 • 4 min
Nothing is more important or more valuable than thinking and communicating clearly. The best way I’ve found to improve my thinking is learning how to write. In this episode, I share how to use writing as a tool to help you think and communicate more…
The advantages of going first
Jan 4 • 3 min
Mirrored reciprocity makes it easier to build relationships and participate in mutually beneficial exchanges. For the last 20,000 years of recorded human history, mirrored reciprocity has been foundational in human relationships, culture, and economic…
Find the root cause
Dec 22, 2019 • 2 min
To build something new requires you get good at solving problems, and you need every advantage to solve them. Clearly defining the problem is always the first step in the process. Tease apart the problem and break it down into smaller pieces to recognize…
Solving problems backward
Dec 14, 2019 • 2 min
It’s a lot easier to identity something that is likely to fail versus something that will likely succeed. Inversion is a valuable device to add to your mental toolkit to help you solve problems and achieve your goals. Inversion helps you understand a…
The advantages of thinking gray
Nov 18, 2019 • 3 min
Black-and-white thinking distorts your ability to see reality objectively. Jumping to conclusions too quickly when making important decisions does not serve you well. The stakes are high because your decisions will play a large part in determining whether…