Second Order Thinking – The Hazards

I recently ran across a compelling article: Second-Order Thinking: What Smart People Use to Outperform

It’s tough to disagree with anything there, but I would also caution that too many levels of thinking is where anxiety lives. It’s easy to think yourself into paralysis. Into indecision. If you have the robotic self-discipline to stop at precisely the right point, then that’s fantastic. But at the other extreme, maybe too much analysis helps enable today’s epidemic of uncertainty, mistrust, and general anxiety.

There’s no doubt that a lack of second order thinking often leads to disaster. But there’s something to be said for those of you who can sleep soundly after making a quick decision. You move quickly. And sometimes move recklessly, but at least you’re moving.

Either way, I don’t think it’s simple enough to say that Second Order Thinking is a good thing in and of itself. You need a good sense of balance of when to keep thinking, and when it’s too much. The good sense to know where to stop and finalize things without second guessing yourself.