Have you met The Zealot lately?
He’s the bombastic preacher who blasts all other forms of worship.
He’s the chess player who is entirely reliant on memorized gambits to win or confound his opponent, and is upset when it’s not enough.
He’s the middle manager who insists that This is How It Must Be Done. Why? Because this is how it must be done.
What do these zealots share? Circular logic. A vague malaise. A low sense of their ability to create or adapt to new ways of doing things. An inability to improvise, because they have not grasped the deeper principles of their chosen framework and integrated those principles into an overall seamless flow in decision making.
Charlie Munger is a billionaire and philanthropist who is the cofounder of Berkshire Hathaway. Charlie is famous for giving speeches, and being able to think very deeply about a wide range of problems.
Here’s the difference between Charlie and The Zealot: dependence.
Charlie knows that every framework has a point of view that can be useful. [Read more…] about Charlie and The Zealot