3 Mental Models I Learned From My Dad

“To break a mental model is harder than splitting the atom” — Albert Einstein

Today is my dads birthday. He has been teaching me things for over 28 years. I don’t think there is a single gift that could show how grateful I am for everything he’s taught me.

This made me wonder, what makes a great parent? Is it how polite their children are, how many trophies they’ve won, places they’ve been to or degrees they have? Maybe it’s similar to managerial output where a parents output is the output of his or her children.

I think that great parents will equip their kids with tools or mental models that help them throughout life. My Dad gave me so many tools but there were a few that really stuck.

Treat people like you want to be treated.

Today I try harder than anything to treat friends, customers, business partners and colleagues with the utmost respect and courtesy. Life is so much more fun when you truly treat others how you want to be treated.

Think before you… speak / do.

There are so many situations where people you care about say or do dumb or hurtful things. It’s really easy to follow their lead and rebuttal with an action you know isn’t right. Thinking before you do or say something will help close deals, grow relationships and minimize regrets.

Choose your own path.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t Be Trapped by Dogma — Which is Living With the Results of Other People’s Thinking” — Steve Jobs

Choose the path that leads you to the greatest adventure and you will have the greatest story!

Thanks Dad.

— Jayme

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Entrepreneur, product advisor and breakfast taco fanatic based in Nashville. https://jaymehoffman.com/

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