“Talking about breaking mind-sets, or creativity, or even just openness to new information is really talking about spinning new links and new paths through the web of memory. New ideas result from association of old elements in new combinations. Previously remote elements of thought suddenly become associated in a new and useful combination. When the linkage is made, the light dawns. This ability to bring previously unrelated information and ideas together in meaningful ways is what marks the open-minded, imaginative, creative artist”
The application of different mental models and multidisciplinary thinking can provide an edge by opening up investment insights that others haven’t considered and hence are yet to be reflected in a security’s price.
“If you have the patience and if you have the interest to really dig deep, then what you’re going to find is if it’s commonly held information or known information, you may come up with insights that others have not. This is what Charlie Munger talks about the latticework of mental models. You look at things through a different lens to try to see what can be different” Mohnish Pabrai
“You have to be naturally interested and curious about everything – any kind of businesses, politics, science, technology, humanities, history, poetry, literature, everything really effects your business. It will help you. And then occasionally you will find a few insights out of those studies that will give you tremendous opportunities that other people couldn’t think of” Li Lu
It’s one of the reasons the Investment Masters spend more time thinking about businesses in preference to building huge spreadsheet models. The most important thing is to identify the key factorsthat are going to drive the business in the future and establish where a business will be over the medium to long term as opposed to next quarter’s earnings.
“The best way to think about investments is to be in a room with no one else and just think. And if that doesn‘t work, nothing else is going to work.” Warren Buffett
The ultimate investments arise when a multitude of big ideas combine to create what Charlie Munger refers to as ‘Lollapalooza Effects’. Consider a business such as Facebook which has benefited from the combination of a multitude of factors: winner-takes-all, network effects, economies-of-scale, human psychology [classical conditioning [pavlov], reciprocation, virtual empathy, habit/addiction etc], tailwinds from increased internet penetration/improved global bandwidth to name just a few.
“Investment decisions are more likely to be correct when ideas from other disciplines lead to the same conclusions. That is the top most payoff – broader understanding makes us better investors… True learning and lasting success come to those who make the effort to first build a latticework of mental models and then learn to think in an associative, multi-disciplinary manner” Robert Hagstrom
“In a system of multiple models across multiple disciplines, I should add as an extra rule that you should be very wary of heavy ideology” Charlie Munger
“Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open” Richards Heuer
“So you do get an occasional opportunity to get into a wonderful business that’s being run by a wonderful manager. And, of course, that’s hog heaven day. If you don’t load up when you get those opportunities, it’s a big mistake. … Averaged out, betting on the quality of business is better than betting on […]
One of the first real creative challenges we face as children is the Connect the Dots exercise. This is the first time we are forced to integrate a number of concepts at the same time – visual, numerical and conceptual. We are required to follow a numerical sequence, draw straight lines with a degree of […]
Charlie Munger has a section on the importance of simplicity. Bevelin advised: “Turn complicated problems into simple ones. Break down a problem into its components, but look at the problem holistically.” Keeping things as simple as possible, but no more so, is a constant theme in munger’s public statements. In a joint letter to shareholders, […]