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Sunday Brief - Issue #7

Hey, Welcome back to Sunday Brief, this is issue 7 of my weekly email newsletter for creative profess
Sunday Brief - Issue #7
By Kieran Glover • Issue #7 • View online
Hey,
Welcome back to Sunday Brief, this is issue 7 of my weekly email newsletter for creative professionals where I share my thoughts, inspiration, life lessons and interesting reads from that week.
This week during the US Presidential elections, it was easy to get sucked into the various media angles and lose track of what was really ‘true’, so a timely companion was The Art of Clear Thinking which I just wrapped up - marking my 24th book this year 🙌
So on the back of this, a chapter towards the end of the book titled “Greats Think Alike”, felt particularly relevant.
One particular chapter that I loved was one toward the end of the book titled Greats Think Alike. In this chapter we’re introduced reasoning by first principles via case studies of great minds like Elon Musk, Charles Darwin and Einstein.

Current mood - Thoughtful about ambitions. Art by Rokas Aleliunas
Current mood - Thoughtful about ambitions. Art by Rokas Aleliunas
What I’m thinking about
Reasoning by first principles is an easy concept to grasp on the surface, but to implement in practice is deceptively difficult.
“Reasoning by first principles removes the impurity of assumptions and conventions. This method strips away the opinions and interpretations of other people and gets you to the essential elements that exist. From there, you can build back up to a solution, often with an entirely new approach, based on truths that are unimpeachable and indisputable - because you are not resting on any assumptions anymore”.
Whether in business, trading and investing, life choices or filtering our daily information overload, it’s increasingly critical to keep reasoning by first principles so you can find your own persona truth, not relying on other peoples.
As King does in the book, take Elon Musk as an example - arguably a modern-day pioneer in first principles thinking - we can go through a simple 3 step process to really see the power of this mental model:
  1. Identify and define current assumptions - things that appear given or unable to change.
  2. Break down the problem into its first principles - something that resembles the assumed outcome.
  3. Create new solution from scratch - this may still give us the assumed outcome or something new entirely.
On the face of it, Musk’s Space X, Tesla and Hyperloop are brand new solutions that are the result of similar process.
My favorite things this week
Quote of the week
Diligence is the mother of good luck
Benjamin Franklin
So that’s it for issue #7 of Sunday Brief. I hope you enjoyed this and it brightened up your inbox ☀️ Thanks again for taking the time to read and I hope you have a great week!
Kieran
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Welcome to the Sunday Brief ☕️ My name is Kieran Glover and I'm a professional web designer / developer at Cambodia's leading creative agency. Every Sunday I write a weekly email newsletter for creative professionals where I share my thoughts, inspiration, life lessons and interesting reads from that week.

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