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Living Your Greatness

Oct 31, 2022

Ben Mumme is the founder, curator, and podcast host of the Living Your Greatness Podcast. The purpose of the podcast is to inspire millions of people across the world to achieve greatness and enhance their overall personal well-being. 

Living Your Greatness is becoming the go-to resource that CEOs, elite athletes, professional coaches, and entrepreneurs rely on to upgrade themselves. The podcast helps you master the best of what other people have already figured out.


In this episode, Ben talks about mental models and how to become a better thinker. A mental model is the specific thought process you use to examine a problem. There are many types of known mental models, and each one takes a unique view of a foreign concept in order to reduce its complexity. In short, it is the mind’s way of making sense of something.

As James Clear explains: “Each mental model offers a different framework that you can use to look at life…If you develop a bigger toolbox of mental models, you’ll improve your ability to solve problems because you’ll have more options for getting to the right answer. This is one of the primary ways that truly brilliant people separate themselves from the masses of smart individuals out there.”

There are tens of thousands of mental models, and every discipline has its own set that you can learn through coursework, mentorship, or first-hand experience. Ben shares 10 mental models that you can add to your thinking toolbox. 

1 — Circle of Competence

2 — Divergent vs. Convergent Thinking

3 — Historical Wisdom

4 — Inversion

5 — Map Territory Relation

6 — Middle Ground Fallacy

7 — Paradigm Shift

8 — Systemics

9 — The 5 Whys

10 — Weasel Words

Being shown a new mental model isn’t enough. To get real value out of them, you need to understand them deeply. You need to see them in many contexts and get a feel for how they work.

But, if you hear an abstraction come up again and again, and you don’t understand it well, that’s a good sign there’s a hidden mental model waiting to be unlocked.


Host: Ben Mumme






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