Breaking the Echo Chamber

Munger likes to say that a year in which you do not change your mind on some big idea that is important to you is a wasted year. - Tren Griffin, Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor

Many of us, myself included, live in an echo chamber.

The people around us, our newsfeed, and our communities reflect and reinforce our beliefs.

It’s incredibly difficult to break the echo chamber, let alone change our minds.

I’m still working on it but here are a few tips:

  1. Prioritize the truth over being right. This is more difficult then it sounds.
  2. Do not identify with any labels. An example of a label includes libertarian, christian, or being smart. Feeling any sort of negative reaction (being offended, angry, or jealous) during an interaction with someone else is usually an indicator of identifying with a label. This closes the mind to change.
  3. Consume content and have conversations with smart people that you disagree with. Consuming content includes following these people on Twitter, reading their books, or listening to a podcast they were on.
May 8, 2021

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