Researchers Lauren McCann and Gabriel Weinberg define
intuition as a “gut feeling, drawing on your past experiences and natural programming to react to circumstances.”
For McCann and Weinberg, one way to make your intuition more accurate is to argue from first principles.
When you use first principles, you deliberately start from scratch.
Arguing from first principles can decrease the likelihood that you’re wrong: “it means thinking from the bottom up, using basic building blocks of what you think is true to build sound conclusions.”
For example, consider your next career move.
Most people looking for work will apply to a bunch of jobs and take the first one that is offered to them. But this is unlikely to be their optimal choice.
Instead, when you use first principles you start by thinking about what you truly value in a career (e.g., autonomy, status, values), your required job parameters (e.g., location, money, title), and your previous experience.
If you add up these considerations, you’ll have a much clearer picture of what’s best for your next career move. Then you can seek out relevant roles.