Tight feedback loops are seductive because they give us the feeling of rapid improvement. And it’s true that in the early stages of learning a craft, tight feedback loops do help us improve quickly.
Creating value can harm you.
I recently visited San Francisco and met many people from a variety of tech and tech-adjacent areas. I also walked around the city and travelled to nearby Bay Area locations. I came away with several findings.
Inversion asks, “what if something was the opposite?” Dimensional decoupling asks, “what if something wasn’t an opposite?”
The more correct something is, the more useful it tends to be. But this correlation is overestimated. Fixating on correctness cripples our personal growth.
We may think that correct mental models are always good to have, but the reality is that some correct models are useless or even harmful.
A common belief is that we should only use correct mental models, but the reality is that some wrong models are worth keeping around.