1/ A great HACK to learn how TO do something––
––is to study how NOT TO do it.
1/x or -x
"man muss immer umkehren"
Invert, Always Invert
was the advice of Charlie Munger adopted from mathematician Carl Jacobi to flip problems on their head...
2/ One of my all-time favorite speeches is Charlie Munger (1986) adding on to the inverting wisdom of a prior Johnny Carson commencement.
Carson told students he could not them how to be HAPPY–
–but he could help them ensure a life of MISERY...
3/ For a life of. misery Johnny Carson advises:
1) Ingesting chemicals in an effort to alter mood or perception;
2) Envy; and
INVERT and do the OPPOSITE.
In the same logic Munger advises
6/ I was reminded of this timeless technique in a 32 year old speech while reading this very good piece..
"How To Fail As a New Engineering Manager" by @hashbrown1
7/ BTW - here is the original letter Charlie Munger sent to Johnny Carson letting him know he used his speech as inspiration and Johnny Carson's reply letter back to him.
(Grateful for excerpts from Poor Charlie's Almanack + Seeking Wisdom)
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