- Hardcover: 328 pages
- Publisher: PCA Publications L.L.C.; 3rd edition (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1578644283
- ISBN-13: 978-1578644285
- Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 1.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,302 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peter Bevelin begins his fascinating book with Confucius' great wisdom: "A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it, is committing another mistake." Seeking Wisdom is the result of Bevelin's learning about attaining wisdom. His quest for wisdom originated partly from making mistakes himself and observing those of others but also from the philosophy of super-investor and Berkshire Hathaway Vice Chairman Charles Munger. A man whose simplicity and clarity of thought was unequal to anything Bevelin had seen. In addition to naturalist Charles Darwin and Munger, Bevelin cites an encyclopedic range of thinkers: from first-century BCE Roman poet Publius Terentius to Mark Twain—from Albert Einstein to Richard Feynman—from 16th Century French essayist Michel de Montaigne to Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett. In the book, he describes ideas and research findings from many different fields. This book is for those who love the constant search for knowledge. It is in the spirit of Charles Munger, who says, "All I want to know is where I'm going to die so I'll never go there." There are roads that lead to unhappiness. An understanding of how and why we can "die" should help us avoid them. We can't eliminate mistakes, but we can prevent those that can really hurt us. Using exemplars of clear thinking and attained wisdom, Bevelin focuses on how our thoughts are influenced, why we make misjudgments and tools to improve our thinking. Bevelin tackles such eternal questions as: Why do we behave like we do? What do we want out of life? What interferes with our goals? Read and study this wonderful multidisciplinary exploration of wisdom. It may change the way you think and act in business and in life.
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Top Customer Reviews
I like the book for many reasons --the main one is that it was written by a practitioner who knows what he wants, not by an academic.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
If you admire the legacy and the quality of Charlie Munger's and Warren Buffett's
thinking and decision making, this book is a must read for you.
Very rich and interesting, full of wisdom and knowledge.
It cleverly covers a very wide spectrum of topics from human psychology, philosophy and
behavioral economics to guidelines to better thinking and core business theory.
It is very well written and delivers without losing it's practicallity structure and purpose..
It is a one of a kind book and I dont think that there is anything even close..
A wonderful job, a very helpfull book bravo!!
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The world would be a much much better place if every man woman and child read this book and applied these thoughts in everday living.
I work as a speechwriter and the discovery of Charlie Munger's speeches has opened up a whole new universe for me. I studied languages at Oxford University and it didn't teach me a single thing that has helped me run my own business. I love the idea of Munger's multidisciplinary approach, and he's a wonderful contrarian business intellectual. Bevelin provides a kind of Coles' notes to the Buffet/Munger theories.
On every page I have underlined excellent pearls of wisdom that will enhance any business presentation. Here are half-a dozen.
He that waits upon fortune, is never sure of a dinner.
Everything seems stupid when it fails.
He that complies against his will, is of his own opinion still.
The task of man is not to see what lies dimly in the distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.
Sir William Osler
I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things, and by their giving too much for their whistles.
No victor believes in chance.
Expand your mind. Buy this book.
This excellent addition to the study of "mental models" is divided into four (4) parts.
Part 1 - What Influences Our Thinking
Part 2 - The Psychology of Misjudgments
Part 3 - The Physics & Mathematics of Misjudgments
Part 4 - Guidelines to Better Thinking
Part 2 & 4 are the corner stones of the book. Part 2 breaks out "28" mental models much like the "25" models in Poor Charlie's Almanack. To paraphrase a fellow reviewer, "This is a section you read first, then leave close by and re-read over and over, so you can slowly soak up the wisdom." Part 4 in essence expounds and adds more color to what both Parts 2 & 3 have previously explored.
Also, Appendix #4 on Checklists is a must read.
In Mr. Bevelin's introduction, he asks that we start the journey for wisdom and hopes that it is inspiring. Mr. Bevelin, a big thanks for your contribution!
Cautionary Note: If the reader is not at least somewhat familiar with "mental models" or has not read other fine books on the subject similar to Poor Charlie's Almanack, Influence, How We Know What Isn't So, or The Psychology of Judgment & Decision Making, one may be best suited to start there. After your spade work is complete, most assuredly come back as this book takes you to the next level.