By Cedric Chin, Commonplace
“The mental model fallacy is that it’s worth it to read descriptions of mental models, written and aggregated by non-practitioners, in the pursuit of self-improvement and success.
“If this sounds controversial to you, let me reframe that assertion.
“Let’s say for a moment that you want to become a successful mixed martial arts (MMA) practitioner. I come up to you and tell you: “Hey Joe! I’m going to be the next MMA champion! That’s why I spend all my time listening to MMA commentators as they describe the secrets of how MMA superstars win.”
“This is a ridiculous statement on the face of it. First, it’s obvious that you can’t get good at martial arts without practice.”