December 2, 2016 § 2 Comments
So yes, I have crossed the 300 days mark in the Dutch Land. A lot has happened, because stuff keeps happening, you know. But rather than a review, here are some observations/insights in general which have been on my mind (and WhatsApp, and Twitter !)
* Create products and stories. Destroy concepts and ideologies.
*Rationality and intellectual honesty are independent of credentials, and raise the effective IQ. (An average Dutch guy is more rational than many IIT/IIM graduates I know). Corollary: better decisions defeat raw analytical power in the long term.
*If you are offended about something, you are clinging to an illusion.
*Better to be clearly wrong than vaguely right.
*Don’t think different. Just think for yourself.
*Pray for what you have. Not for what you want. It’s called Gratitude.
*I am not distracted. You are boring.
*Engagement is commitment. Take the first step. Or, for many people, avoid the first step.
*Highest impact entrepreneurs make tools for creators.
*Defining mental clarity – when you can criticize your beliefs better than anyone else.
*The more things you want, the less you are likely to get.
*If no one makes fun of you, you don’t have (or express) original ideas. You repress yourself to fit in.
*A great strategist will spend least amount of time strategizing.
*You hire a book to enhance your mental models. If it fails, you should fire it. You want quality, not quantity, of hires.
*A well-thought out idea – is less and less distinguishable from execution.
*The less the apparent value, the more effort needed to sell a product.
*If you point at technicalities, your central point is weak.
*Learning new things improves knowledge of older things.
*Doing projects in which you cannot fail is largely a waste of time.
*When people say ‘I truly believe’ – it is a marker they are boring.
*You can learn more in 1 year of a startup than 5 years of a university.
*’Living in a simulation’ is the new ‘Living in a dream’.
*Career strategy -> find what is weird about you and make it 100x.
*Some people should call you crazy – some of the time.
*There is a time to let things happen, and a time to make things happen.
*In MOOCs, instructors talking to an actual class seem way more interesting than those you know are talking to a camera.
*Winning the wrong battles is worse than losing the right ones.
*Sometimes, strategy is just the set of actions you feel most emotionally comfortable about.
*Great art solves a problem – connecting to yourself.
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