Curiosity > Certainty

Satyajit Rout
Durable insights into thinking better
Created 04 Oct 2021
  • Circle of Competence: A little learning is a dangerous thing
    19 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    This is the second piece in a nine-part series on General Mental Models. The first piece can be read here. En route to an interview for admission into a business school, a friend had wished me “Be you...
  • Building a skeptic’s toolkit
    12 Nov 2021 • 4 min read • 3 0
    At some point in my job, I started functioning in two modes. This surfaced some years ago when I was helping incubate a new business unit. I would happily hear out ideas from the team I was managing. ...
  • Invert, always invert: The Mental Model of Inversion
    05 Nov 2021 • 5 min read • 4 0
    This is the first piece in a nine-part series on General Mental Models. Mental models are simplifications of how the world works. My introduction to them happened through the fantastic resources on Fa...
  • The product-market fit we know and those we're learning about
    29 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Finding the product-market fit we know In the 90s in small-town India it was not uncommon to find snake charmers. Their busking would always draw the same manner of reaction from people around. First,...
  • Progress versus perfection: when to stay low-fi and when not
    22 Oct 2021 • 4 min read • 4 1
    Perfection disrespects the fact that we have a finite amount of time. It disregards priorities. Whereas progress seeks priorities. Without priorities we would be going everywhere yet nowhere. Writing ...
  • Acquiring accidental superpowers: the lesser known model of exaptation
    15 Oct 2021 • 6 min read • 2 0
    Over lunch at a friend’s place, I marveled at the perfectly round pooris being served. I sneaked a peek into the kitchen and discovered that the shape came from the rim of a bowl used to cut circles o...
  • The tension in leadership: exude confidence or nurture curiosity?
    09 Oct 2021 • 5 min read • 6 2
    John Maxwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author and renowned leadership expert, reflects, “In my early years as a leader I thought I was supposed to be an answering machine. No matter what someone ...
  • Fighting for control and responsibility: Four workplace personas
    25 Sep 2021 • 6 min read • 1 0
    Fighting for control and responsibility: Four workplace personas We all desire control over the work we have to do and in exchange agree to being held responsible for it. That is the implicit agreemen...
  • The productivity problem
    12 Sep 2021 • 4 min read • 4 0
    As we age the central problem with the way we live is that we approximate having full control over our time while our appetite to let our time be governed by others diminishes. The higher we move up s...
  • The less common way to decide: looking at opportunity costs
    26 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    A non-obvious insight I came across this week on Twitter from the erudite Shreyas Doshi: Decide what to do not based on ROI but on opportunity cost. Progress leads to motivation. We’re constantly look...
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