Don’t worry about making money. Don’t stress about having a plan. Don’t think about networking or setting yourself up for the next thing. Try as hard as you possibly can to find something you love, because the depressing reality is that most people never find a career that they’re truly passionate about. For many people, the real world is a slog and they live for the weekends. It will never get easier than right now to recklessly pursue your passion. Do it. — Tommy Vietor | Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
In the age of Facebook and Instagram you can observe this myth-making process more clearly than ever before, because some of it has been outsourced from the mind to the computer. It is fascinating and terrifying to behold people who spend countless hours constructing and embellishing a perfect self online, becoming attached to their own creation, and mistaking it for the truth about themselves. That’s how a family holiday fraught with traffic jams, petty squabbles and tence silences becomes a collection of beautiful panoramas, perfect dinners and smiling faces; 99 per cent of what we experience never becomes part of the story of the self. It is particularly noteworthy that our fantasy self tends to be very visual, wheras our actual experiences are corporeal. In the fantasy, you observe a scene in your mind’s eye or on the computer on a tropical beach, the blue sea behind you, a big smile on your face, one hand holding a cocktail, the other arm around your lover’s waist. Paradise. What the picture does not show is the annoying fly that bites your leg, the cramped feeling in you stomach from eating that rotten fish soup, the tension in your jaw as you fake a big smile, and the ugly fight the happy couple had five minutes ago.- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Some people start their day by reading The New York Times. Others end it by watching the nightly news. Some get it from The Daily Show. Others download it from a variety weblogs. Some keep up-to-the-minute by following CNN. Others have instant news updates automatically text messaged to their phone. But everybody seems to agree: it’s a citizen’s responsibility to keep up with the news. Everybody except me.
I think following the news is a waste of time. — Aaron Swartz
Can confirm. Made like 10 different apps before I made one that made millions. Doesn’t mean that the previous 10 were bad. It just means that that’s not what people wanted at the time. — Allen Wong
The most important question in twenty-first-century economics may well be what to do with all the superfluous people. What will conscious humans do, once we have highly intelligent non-conscious algorithms that can do almost everything better? — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
Some groups increasingly monopolise the fruits of globalisation, while billions are left behind. Already today, the richest 1 per cent owns half the world’s wealth. Even more alarmingly, the richest hundred people together own more than the poorest 4 billion.- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Low-income countries are much more developed than most people think. And vastly fewer people live in them. The idea of a divided world with a majority stuck in misery and deprivation is an illusion. A complete misconception. Simply wrong. — Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
The most intriguing thing about this theory, if it’s right, is that it explains not merely which kinds of discussions to avoid, but how to have better ideas. If people can’t think clearly about anything that has become part of their identity, then all other things being equal, the best plan is to let as few things into your identity as possible.
Most people reading this will already be fairly tolerant. But there is a step beyond thinking of yourself as x but tolerating y: not even to consider yourself an x. The more labels you have for yourself, the dumber they make you. — Paul Graham | Keep Your Identity Small
“In a world of social media, a meaningful conversation is a memorable thing. Karen Wickre reminds us that the ability to put your phone in your pocket, look a person in the eye, and really connect is not only one of life’s great pleasures — it is the key to succeeding in your career.” — Kim Scott
So the best advice I could give a fifteen-year-old stuck in an outdated school somewhere in Mexico, India or Alabama is: don’t rely on the adults too much. Most of them mean well, but they just don’t understand the world. In the past, it was a relatively safe bet to follow the adults, because they knew the world quite well, and the world changed slowly … Technology isn’t bad. If you know what you want in life, technology can help you get it. But if you don’t know what you want in life, it will be all too easy for technology to shape your aims for you and take control of your daily life. Especially as technology gets better at understanding humans, you might increasingly find yourself serving it, instead of it serving you. Have you seen those zombies who roam the streets with their faces glued to their smartphones? Do you think they control the technology, or does the technology control them?- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
“What’s the difference between the best athletes and everyone else?” I asked “What do the really successful people do that most don’t?” He mentioned the factors you might expect: genetics, luck, talent. But then he said something I wasn’t expecting: “At some point it comes down to who can handle the boredom of training every day, doing the same lifts over and over and over.”- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
According to a much-referenced study, we humans are worse at concentrating than a goldfish. Humans today lose their concentration after eight seconds. In the year 2000 it was 12 seconds, while the goldfish, rather far beneath us on the food chain, averaged nine. I suspect that the research on goldfish is extremely limited and that the performance of these creatures should therefore be taken with a pinch of salt. Nonetheless, my reason for mentioning the study is in regards to the conclusions it draws about humans: with each passing second, it seems increasingly difficult for us to focus on a single topic. — Erling Kagge | Life in the Age of Noise
I am often quite rude about the term “developing countries” in my presentations. Afterward, people ask me, “So what should we call them instead?” But listen carefully. It’s the same misconception: we and them. What should “we” call “them” instead? What we should do is stop dividing countries into two groups. It doesn’t make sense anymore. It doesn’t help us to understand the world in a practical way. It doesn’t help businesses find opportunities, and it doesn’t help aid money to find the poorest people. But we need to do some kind of sorting to make sense of the world. We can’t give up our old labels and replace them with … nothing. What should we do? One reason the old labels are so popular is that they are so simple. But they are wrong! So, to replace them, I will now suggest an equally simple but more relevant and useful way of dividing up the world. Instead of dividing the world into two groups I will divide it into four income levels…- Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Companies such as Mindojo are developing interactive algorithms that not only teach me maths, physics and history, but also simultaneously study me and get to know exactly who I am. Digital teachers will closely monitor every answer I give, and how long it took me to give it. Over time, the will discern my unique weaknesses as well as my strengths. they will identify what gets me excited, and what makes my eyelids droop. They could teach me thermodynamics or geometry in a way that suits my personality type, even if that particular way doesn’t suit 99 per cent of the other pupils. An these digital teachers will never lose their patience, never shout at me, and never go on strike. — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
I would ignore most anything you learn in school and ignore all accepted standards. Free yourself to try anything. The best ideas are revolutionary. If you’re searching for wisdom, try to find it from people who’ve done it more than from people who teach it. Ask a lot of questions. In addition, focus on something you love, because you have a far greater chance of succeeding by doing something you love, and regardless of whether you succeed or not, your life will be better. So you can’t really lose by dedicating yourself to what you love. — Rick Rubin | Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
A popular app may lack a business model and may even lose money in the short term, but as long as it sucks data, it could be worth billions.- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Persistence matters more than talent. The student with straight As is irrelevant if the student sitting next to him with Bs has more passion. — Andrew Ross Sorkin | Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
In 2012 Kurzweil was appointed a director of engineering at Google, and a year later Google launched a sub-company called Calico … mortality true believer, Bill Maris, to preside over the Google Ventures investment fund. In a January 2015 interview, Maris said, “If you ask me today, is it possible to live to be 500, the answer is yes.” Maris backs up his brave words with a lot of hard cash. Google Ventures is investing 36 per cent of its $2 billion portfolio in life sciences start-ups… — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece. — Ralph Charell | How make things go your way
One distraction I’ve learned to avoid is consuming media that’s just telling me things I already know and agree with. — Julia Galef | Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
According to a 2013 report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, it takes about 15,000 litres of fresh water to produce one kilogram of beef, compared to 287 litres needed to produce a kilogram of potatoes.- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Whereas the rich residents of Beverly Hills ear lettuce salad and steamed tofu with quinoa, in the slums and ghettos the poor gorge on Twinkie cakes, Cheetos, hamburgers and pizza. In 2014 more than 2.1 billion people were overweight, compared to 850 million who suffered from malnutrition. Half of humankind is expected to be overweight by 2030. In 2010 famine and malnutrition combined killed about 1 million people, whereas obesity killed 3 million. — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
Hold tight, focus the effort, dig deeper, and never give up. It isn’t rocket science but it is hard, as most people, when it gets tough, start to look around for an excuse or a different tactic. Often, though, when it starts to get tough, all it requires is for you to get tougher and hold on. The magic bit is that when it gets like this, it often means you are near the end goal! One big heave of focus, dedication, and grit, and you often pop out the other end. Look around you, though, and you see that most people are gone — they gave up in that final bit of hurting. — Bear Grylls | Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away. — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Whenever I am trying to decide whether to accept an invitation, I just pretend it is going to happen tomorrow morning. It is easy to say yes to something happening six months from now, but it has to be super fantastic to get me to go tomorrow morning. — Kevin Kelly | Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
Scientists too know how to cut corners and twist the evidence, but in the end, the mark of science is the willingness to admit failure and try a different tack. That’s why scientists gradually learn how to grow better crops and make better medicines, whereas priests and gurus learn only how to make better excuses.- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
If you set your goals ridiculously high and it’s a failure, you will fail above everyone else’s success. — James Cameron
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. — Leo Tolstoy
Bitcoin is not asking for permission, we forgot to do that. — Andreas M. Antonopoulos
When things really work, everybody adopts them.- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
My plans: less working, more living!!! — levels.io
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams — Eleanor Roosevelt
It’s odd how society portrays having money as buying Bentley cars and Rolex watches, when the real thing money should buy you is freedom from institutionalized slavery, aka employment — levels.io
Many of us have bought into cliché “pursue your passion.” For many, that is terrible advice. In your 20s, you may not really know what your best skills and opportunities are. It’s much better to pursue learning, personal discipline, growth. And to seek out connections with people across the planet. For a while, it’s just fine to follow and support someone else’s dream. In so doing, you will be building valuable relationships, valuable knowledge. And at some point your passion will come and whisper in your ear, “I’m ready.” — Chris Anderson| Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
It’s always been my sincere opinion that even if Musk fails miserably I’ll still admire him more than most other “tech idols”. There are people that say he’s all talk, but I don’t care. Even if he’s 75% talk and delivers on the rest, whatever he does achieve is still better than a face-detecting smartphone or a social network that makes money by profiling your personality for advertisers. I don’t care about the money, I like his vision and in the end that’s what makes a leader. — Hacker News Comment | Tesla Model 3 Sets New EV Cannonball Run Record
Humans should always retain the freedom to doubt, to check again, to hear a second opinion, to try a different path. — 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Vires in Numeris — Strength in Numbers | Bitcoin Tagline
In late 2011, I participated in a high school programming competition where players program the code for a team of simulated robots that then fight each other. I won third place. Someone asked me: what was my strategy? Others gave command-and-control strategies such as “I went for the center”. I simply replied “I gave each agent a utility function and let them independently act to maximize their own objectives”. That moment would inform my political beliefs for years to come. — Vitalik Buterin | Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
XRP is probably going to get listed on Coinbase, and Grayscale will probably create an XRP investment trust to further add to the hysteria. A $3 coin could get listed alongside $900 ETH and $15,000 BTC. The sky is the limit for XRP. Until people finally start asking: where are those big banks? — TwoBitIdiot
Remember, though, when people give you advice, they’re giving advice based on their particular skills, experiences, and perspectives. So know that when you get expert advice, it’s often people telling you about their journey, and every journey is different. — Rick Rubin | Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
If you only engage with people about problems, pretty soon, you’ll become the problem for them
No one is qualified to tell you how you experience the world
When humankind possesses enormous new powers, and when the threat of famine, plague and war is finally lifted, what will we do with ourselves? What will the scientists, investors, bankers and presidents do all day? Write poetry? — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children … to leave the world a bit better … to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; this is to have succeeded. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Regulations cannot keep pace with the pace of Innovation — The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin
In the words of investor Paul Graham, “keep your identity small.” The more you let a single belief define you, the less capable you are of adapting when life challenges you. If you tie everything up in being the point guard or the partner at the firm or whatever else, then the loss of that facet of your life will wreck you. If you’re a vegan and then develop a health condition that forced you to change your diet, you’ll have an identity crisis on your hands. When you cling too tightly to one identity, you become brittle. Lose that one thing and you lose yourself.- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
Nobody really knows what the world and the job market will look like in 2040, hence nobody knows what to teach young people today. Consequently, it is likely that most of what you currently learn at school will be irrelevant by the time you are 40. So what should you focus on? My best advice is to focus on personal resilience and emotional intelligence. Traditionally, life has been divided into two main parts: a period of learning followed by a period of working. In the first part of life you built a stable identity and acquired personal and professional skills; in the second part of life you relied on your identity and skills to navigate the world, earn a living, and contribute to society. By 2040, this traditional model will become obsolete, and the only way for humans to stay in the game will be to keep learning throughout their lives and to reinvent themselves again and again. The world of 2040 will be a very different world from today, and an extremely hectic world. The pace of change is likely to accelerate even further. So people will need the ability to learn all the time and to reinvent themselves repeatedly — even at age 60. — Yuval Noah Harari | Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
Don’t aim at success. the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued … Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run — in the long-run, I say! — success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it. — Viktor E. Frankl | Man’s Search for Meaning
If your success is measured by a lower number on the scale, you will optimize for a lower number on the scale, even if that means embracing crash diets, juice cleanses, and fat-loss pills. The human mind wants to “win” whatever game is being played. This pitfall is evident in many areas of life. We focus on working long hours instead of getting meaningful work done. We care more about getting ten thousand steps than we do about being healthy. We teach for standardized tests instead of emphasizing learning, curiosity, and critical thinking. In short, we optimize for what we measure. When we choose the wrong measurement, we get the wrong behavior.- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
The secret to winning any game lies in not trying too hard
Questions you cannot answer are usually far better for you than answers you cannot question- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
To learn from the best, you don’t need to meet them, you just need to absorb them. This can be through books, audio, or a single powerful quote. Feeding your mind is how you become your own best coach. — Tim Ferris | Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. Say you’re running and you think, “Man, this hurts, I can’t take it anymore.” The “hurt” part is an unavoidable reality, but whether or not you can stand anymore is up to the runner himself. If you want to have more, do more, and be more, it all begins with the voice that no one else hears. — Haruki Murakami
Mastery requires practice. But the more you practice something, the more boring and routine it becomes. Once the beginner gains have been made and we learn what to expect, our interest starts to fade. Sometimes it happens even faster than that. All you have to do is hit the gym a few days in a row or publish a couple of blog posts on time and letting one day slip doesn’t feel like much. Things are going well. It’s easy to rationalize taking a day off because you’re in a good place. The greatest threat to success is not failure but boredom. we get bored with habits because they stop delighting us. The outcome becomes expected. — Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
Terrorists are like a fly that tries to destroy a china shop. The fly is so weak that it cannot budge even a single teacup. So it finds a bull, gets inside its ear and starts buzzing. The bull goes wild with fear and anger, and destroys the china shop. This is what happened in the Middle East in the last decade. — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
“LOVE THE PAIN” isn’t about self-flagellation. It’s a simple reminder that nearly all growth requires discomfort. Sometimes the discomfort is mild, like an uphill bike ride or swallowing your ego to listen more attentively. Other times, it’s far more painful, like lactic-threshold training or the emotional equivalent of having a bone reset. None of these stressors are lethal, and it’s the rare person who pursues them. The benefits or lack thereof depend on how you talk to yourself. — Tim Ferriss| Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World
I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I fall in. I am lost … I am helpless. It isn’t my fault. It takes forever to find a way out.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I pretend I don’t see it. I fall in again. I can’t believe I am in this same place. But it isn’t my fault. It still takes a long time to get out.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I see it is there. I still fall in … it’s a habit … but, my eyes are open. I know where I am. It is my fault. I get out immediately.
I walk down the same street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk. I walk around it.
I walk down another street.
For the first time in history, more people die today from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals combined. In the early twenty-first century, the average human is far more likely to die from bingeing at McDonald’s than from drought, Ebola or an al-Qaeda attack. — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
If someone asks me what I think about the future of banks, my first thoughts are: The only reason I would use a bank in the future is to use their service for using a safe where I store my private keys to my crypto wallets. If I think further, then if it comes to this point where most of the people store their keys in a safe there will be better solutions out there to store your private keys. So the short answer is “There is no future for banks”
The future is already here, it’s just not evenly distributed — William Gibson
Every religion, ideology and creed has its shadow, and no matter which creed you follow you should acknowledge your shadow and avoid the naive reassurance that ‘it cannot happen to us’. Secular science has at least one big advantage over most traditional religions, namely that it is not terrified of its shadow, and it is in principle willing to admit its mistakes and blind spots. If you believe in an absolute truth revealed by a transcendent power, you cannot allow yourself to admit any error — for that would nullify you whole story. But if you believe in a quest for truth by fallible humans, admitting blunders is an inherent part of the game. — 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
For example, in a recent experiment a computer algorithm diagnosed correctly 90 per cent of lung cancer cases presented to it, while human doctors had a success rate of only 50 per cent. — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant. — Viktor Frankl
It is not the beauty of a building you should look at; it’s the construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time. — David Allan Coe
Whereas in 2010 obesity and related illnesses killed about 3 million people, terrorists killed a total of 7,697 people across the globe, most of them in developing countries. For the average American or European, Coca-Cola poses a far deadlier threat than al-Qaeda. — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has recently confessed that he aims to live for ever. “I think there are probably three main modes of approaching [death],” he explained. “You can accept it, you can deny it or you can fight it. I think our society is dominated by people who are into denial or acceptance, and I prefer to fight it.” — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
Conversely, science says that nobody is ever made happy by getting a promotion, winning the lottery or even finding true love. People are made happy by one thing and one thing only — pleasant sensations in their bodies — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
People drink alcohol to forget, they smoke pot to feel peaceful, they take cocaine and methamphetamines to be sharp and confident, wheras Ecstasy provides ecstatic sensations and LSD sends you to meet Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
If you want your religion, ideology or world view to lead the world, my first question to you is: ‘What was the biggest mistake your religion, ideology or world view committed? What did it get wrong’ If you cannot come up with something serious, I for one would not trust you.- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Given our past record and our current values, we are likely to reach out for bliss, divinity and immortality — even if it kills us. — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
Could everyone have a fact-based worldview one day? Big change is always difficult to imagine. But it is definitely possible, and I think it will happen, for two simple reasons. First: a fact-based worldview is more useful for navigating life, just like an accurate GPS is more useful for finding your way in the city. Second, and probably more important: a factbased worldview is more comfortable. It creates less stress and hopelessness than the dramatic worldview, simply because the dramatic one is so negative and terrifying. When we have a fact-based worldview, we can see that the world is not as bad as it seems — and we can see what we have to do to keep making it better.- Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
People are usually afraid of change because they fear the unknown. But the single greatest constant of history is that everything changes. — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
“Algorithm” is arguably the single most important concept in our world. If we want to understand our life and our future, we should make every effort to understand what an algorithm is, and how algorithms are connected with emotions. — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
Stop doing what you can, start doing what you want — Danny Forest
Most people find it inspiring to realize what the world looks like. Most people are eager to start learning. Testing their knowledge, if it is done in a humble way, can release an avalanche of curiosity and new insights.- Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself — F. Nietzsche
Written language may have been conceived as a modest way of describing reality, but it gradually became a powerful way to reshape reality. When official reports collided with objective reality, it was often reality that had to give way. Anyone who has ever dealt with the tax authorities, the educational system or any other complex bureaucracy knows that the truth hardly matters. What’s written on your form is far more important. — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
You can hunt for ignorance in your own organization using the same methods we have used. Start simply by asking what are the most important facts in your organization and how many people know them. Sometimes people get nervous about this. They think their colleagues and friends will be offended if they start checking their knowledge, and will not appreciate being proved wrong. — Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
The intelligent investor is a realist who sells to optimists and buys from pessimists. — Benjamin Graham
In a world where computers replace doctors, drivers, teachers and even landlords, everyone would become an artist. — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
You’ve spent enough time getting where you are — don’t screw it up by wanting to go too fast. Spend more time on your work. Take pride in it. That’s the only way we can do truly great work. — Darius Foroux | Impatience
We are the only mammals that can cooperate with numerous strangers because only we can invent fictional stories, spread them around, and convince millions of others to believe in them. As long as everybody believes in the same fictions, we all obey the same laws, and can thereby cooperate effectively. So if you blame Facebook, Trump or Putin for ushering in a new and frightening era of post-truth, remind yourself that centuries ago millions of Christians locked themselves inside a self-reinforcing mythological bubble, never daring to question the factual veracity of the Bible, while millions of Muslims put their unquestioning faith in the Quran.- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
“Art is anything people think is art, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” If people think that a urinal is a beautiful work of art — then it is. What higher authority is there that can tell people they are wrong? — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
In making investment decisions, you need to shake off any naive views of Africa shaped by the colonial past (and maintained by today’s media) and understand that Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya are where some of the best investment opportunities can be found today. I think it will not be long before business care more about fact mistakes than they do about speling miskates, and will want to ensure their employees and clients are updating their worldview on a regular basis.- Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
That means if you successfully attack that system, you could walk away with more than a billion dollars. You know what a ‘bug bounty’ is? Someone says, ‘If you hack my system, I’ll give you a million dollars.’ So Bitcoin is now a nine-year-old multibillion-dollar bug bounty, and no one’s hacked it. It feels like pretty good proof. — Chris Dixon | Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble
The traditional view of the world as a pie of a fixed size presupposes there are only two kinds of resources in the world: raw materials and energy. But in truth, there are three kinds of resources: raw materials, energy and knowledge. Raw materials and energy are exhaustible — the more you use, the less you have. Knowledge in contrast, is a growing resource — the more you use, the more you have. Indeed, when you increase your stock of knowledge, it can give you more raw materials and energy as well. If I invest $100 million searching for oil in Alaska and I find it, then I now have more oil, but my grandchildren will have less of it. In contrast, if I invest $100 million researching solar energy, and I find a new and more efficient way of harnessing it, then both I and my grandchildren will have more energy. — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
You get $ for giving society what it wants that it can’t get elsewhere.
3 broad classes of leverage: labor, capital, no marginal cost of replication products.
Stopped caring about money after it wasn’t a necessity.
More interested in solving problems than making money.
Meaning of life question is a nonsense question.
We just play games. School game. Social game. Money game. Status game. etc.
Outcomes stop mattering as much once you see through the game.
Tired of games. Just interested in living life.
3 big decisions at millennial age. Where you live. Who you’re with. What you’re doing.
The world will assault you with its own agendas. You have to say no to things.
2 main follower types: tech/crypto ppl and mindfulness/philosophy ppl.
No supplements. We don’t know enough about the human body yet.
Strong value on self-control.
Star Trek > Star Wars. Star Trek is for thinking ppl; Star Wars is for feeling ppl.
Watch almost no TV shows. Game of Thrones. A little Black Mirror. Some Sherlock.
Rick & Morty is the best TV show ever made.
Tried watching Westworld. Too much human story; prefer the analytical
I’m doing it for myself. I’m here for my ego. we pretend otherwise. That’s just the truth.
3 things I would tell younger self: Eat healthier. Work out more. Better emotional control.
Love quotes, but no favourite.
Sapiens is best book in last 10 years.
Greatest fear is dying not having really lived.
Doesn’t measure effectiveness, doesn’t believe in self-measurement.
Best way to build mental models: Read. Just read. A lot.
Hiring criteria: Intelligence. Integrity. Energy. (Buffet model)
Finds organised religion to be ludicrous.
Life after death? No idea. Wouldn’t count on it.
Hard work is overrated.
Judgement is underrated.
In the early twenty-first century the train of progress is again pulling out of the station — and this will probably be the last train ever to leave the station called Homo sapiens. Those who miss this train will never get a second chance. In order to get a seat on it, you need to understand twenty-first-century technology, and in particular the powers of biotechnology and computer algorithms. These powers are far more potent than steam and the telegraph, and they will not be used merely for the production of food textiles, vehicles and weapons. the main products of the twenty-first century will be bodies, brains and minds, and the gap between those who know how to engineer bodies and brains and those who do not will be far bigger than the gap between Dickens’s Britain and the Mahdi’s Sudan. Indeed, it will be bigger than the gap between Sapiens and Neanderthals. In the twenty-first century, those who ride the train of progress will acquire divine abilities of creation and destruction, while those left behind will face extinction. — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
If you really want to change the world, you have to understand how it actually works and forget about punching anyone in the face. — Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
What allowed me to change and prosper was the freedom to grow apart and lose touch with people. It’s hard to change yourself if you’re stuck in the same social orbit. There’s a gravitational force that pulls you into repeating the same circular pattern over and over again. Breaking out of that takes tremendous force.
Knowing that everything you share will be seen by all these people from your past quietly. moderates what you actually share. Becoming someone else entails experimenting and failing with new styles and ideas. Not a lot of people are so keen to premiere such vulnerable stages of their evolution in front of an audience that expects them to be that same person they always were forever. I know I wasn’t. — DHH|Growing apart and losing touch is human and healthy
First, if you want reliable information — pay good money for it. If you get your news for free, you might well be the product. Suppose a shady billionaire offered you the following deal: ‘I will pay you $30 a month, and in exchange, you will allow me to brainwash you for an hour every day, installing in your mind whichever political and commercial biases I want.’ Would you take the deal? Few sane people would. so the shady billionaire offers a slightly different deal: ‘You will allow me to brainwash you for one hour every day, and in exchange, I will not charge you anything for this service.’ Now the deal suddenly sounds tempting to hundreds of millions of people. Don’t follow their example.- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
The same thing happened to our other senses, and to the underlying ability to pay attention to our sensations. Ancient foragers were always sharp and attentive. Wandering in the forest in search of mushroom, they ate it with the utmost attention, aware of every little nuance of flavour, which could distinguish an edible mushroom from its poisonous cousin. Members of today’s affluent societies don’t need such keen awareness. We can go to the supermarket and buy any of a thousand different dishes, all supervised by health authorities. But whatever we choose — Italian pizza or Thai noodles — we are likely to eat it in haste in front of the TV, hardly paying attention to the taste (which is why food producers are constantly inventing new exciting flavours, which might somehow pierce the curtain of indifference). Similarly, when going on holiday we can choose between thousands of amazing destinations. But wherever we go, we are likely to be playing with our smartphones instead of really seeing the place. We have more choice than ever before, but no matter what we choose, we have lost the ability to really pay attention to it. — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
You are living the simulation in the simulation — Elon Musk
Dataists point out that people really want mobility rather than a private car, and a good data-processing system can provide this mobility far more cheaply and efficiently. I have a private car, but most of the time it sits idly in the car park. On a typical day, I enter my car at 8:04, and drive for half an hour to the university, where I park my car for the day. At 18:11 I come back to the car, drive half an hour back home, and that’s it. So I am using my car for just an hour a day. Why do I need to keep it for the other twenty-three hours? We can create a smart car-pool system, run by computer algorithms. the computer would know that I need to leave home at 8:04, and would route the nearest autonomous car to pick me up at that precise moment. After dropping me off at campus, it would be available for other uses instead of waiting in the car park. At 18:11 sharp, as I leave the university gate, another communal car would stop right in front of me, and take me home. In such a way, 50 million communal autonomous cars may replace 1 billion private cars, and we would also need far fewer roads, bridges, tunnels and parking spaces. Provided, of course, I renounce my privacy and allow the algorithms to always know I am and where I want to go. — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
The body’s largest organ is the skin. Before modern medicine, one of the worst imaginable skin diseases was syphilis, which would start as itchy boils and then eat its way into the bones until it exposed the skeleton. The microbe that caused this disgusting sight and unbearable pain had different names in different places. In Russia it was called the Polish disease. In Poland it was the German disease; in Germany, the French disease; and in France, the Italian disease. The Italians blamed back, calling it the French disease. — Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Stay hungry. Stay humble. Stay ambitious. Stay curious. Be a student, always. — Ari Paul
If you ask taxi drivers why they hate Uber, its because it hurts their business.
If you ask bankers why they hate bitcoin and cryptocurrency, its also because they threaten their business.
The hatred towards crypto was never about technology / innovation. Its really about fear. — Joseph Young
1. Are organisms really just algorithms, and is life really just data processing?
2. Whats’s more valuable — intelligence or consciousness?
3. What will happen to society, politics and daily life when non-conscious but highly intelligent algorithms know us better than we know ourselves? — Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share — Steve Ballmer
The coming of the wireless era will make war impossible — Guglielmo Marconi
There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home — Ken Olsen
This “telephone” has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. — William Orton
Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop. — Time Magazine
Fooling around with alternating current (AC) is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever — Thomas Edison
Bitcoin is a fraud — Jamie Dimon
The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty — a fad.
A rocket will never be able to leave the Earth’s atmosphere. — The New York Times
Television won’t be able to hold on to any market it captures after the first six months. — Darryl Zanuck
- Impediments to the Second Era of the Internet: Legacy Attitudes
We learn not for school, but for life. — Seneca
The Internet in 1973. Who would ever use this? It is slow, way too complicated & centralized with UCLA & Harvard in control. Plus, if there is significant usage then how will it scale? It is just not reasonable that every user would be connected to an undersea cable. Vision
I’m extremely wealthy, like one of the top .01% of the world or something like that. I don’t have to work ever again. I haven’t had to since I was 25. So maybe I can help shed some light in your CMV since I’m personally experiencing it myself.
You won’t be happier. Instead you’ll be less likely to become sad. There’s a difference. Let me explain:
You won’t be happier because there’s something called the hedonic treadmill. This means that you’ll always return to your baseline level of happiness no matter what you do to make yourself happier. For example, I drive half million dollar cars, sleep with extremely beautiful women, travel the world, and eat at Michelin starred restaurants. From outside, you probably think that I live a happier life than you do. But in reality, you get used to that lifestyle if you’re in it long enough.
To put things into perspective, think about the luxury of being able to browse the internet from your phone. A few decades ago, you’d have to have been extremely rich to be able to do something like that if it was even possible. But it’s almost something you take for granted now. People will even throw a fit when their “internet is down”.
So what are the benefits then of not having to work? Well, you’ll be less likely to be sad and stressed. As you already explained in your post, I don’t have to explain it further why this is.
But you won’t be happier. And you won’t feel — Allen Wong | CMV: I would have a happier, more fulfilled life if I didn’t have to work.
I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others. — Meditations
We compare our behind the scenes, with someone else’s highlight reel
You cannot control what happens to you in life, but you can always control what you feel and do about what happens to you. — Viktor E. Frankl | Man’s Search for Meaning
regoapps: I work for myself. Tesla tried to hire me to code their app for them after seeing that my app was better than their official one. But I rejected their offer.
yakabuski: Why did you pass up the offer, if I may ask? I’ve heard none of Elon Musk companies are congenial work environments.
regoapps: They wanted me to work in their SF headquarters. If I did that, I’d have to move from Florida (0% income tax) to California (~13% income tax). Because I have a very high income from my apps and other stuff (in the millions), the extra taxes I’d have to pay would have been higher than the salary they were offering. So, it made no sense. I’d be losing money by working for them. Wheras I’d be making money by selling my own Tesla app. Plus I don’t like having schedules. I like to be able to fly around the world and travel and work whenever I feel like it, and not answer to anyone. — Allen Wong
The truth — that love is the ultimate and the highest goal to which man can aspire. Then I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that human poetry and human thought and belief have to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love. I understood how a man who has nothing left in this world still may know bliss, be it only for a brief moment, in the contemplation of his beloved. — Viktor E. Frankl | Man’s Search for Meaning
When something is described as a toy, that means it has everything an idea needs except being important. It’s cool; users love it; it just doesn’t matter. But if you’re living in the future and you build something cool that users love, it may matter more than outsiders think. — Paul Graham
I am telling this story today because just when you think there are things you can count on, you quickly find that the sky is purple. When this happens, it usually does no good to keep arguing that the sky is blue. You just have to get on and deal with the fact that it’s going to look like Barney for a while. — ‘The Hard Thing About Hard Things’, Ben Horowitz
Live as if you were living already for the second time and as if you had acted the first time as wrongly as you are about to act now! — Viktor E. Frankl | Man’s Search for Meaning
“Coding is hard” will discourage some people from attempting it.
“Coding is easy” will discourage some people who are attempting it and finding it challenging.
Alternative: Learning to code is a neverending journey with a set of challenges and delights unique to each person. — April Wensel
People fear that being trapped inside a box, they will miss out on all the wonders of the world. As long as Neo stuck inside the matrix, and Truman is stuck inside the TV studio, they will never visit Fiji, or Paris, or Machu Picchu. But in truth, everything you will ever experience in life is within your own body and your own mind. — 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Let’s take out the obvious contrast of happiness in poverty vs non-poverty. When we ask if money can buy you happiness, we’re really asking about whether spending disposable income on things that you don’t need to survive would make you happier. And as someone who went from lower-class to upper-class, I can safely say that money can buy you happiness. The thing is that people are just spending it on things that only give them temporary happiness. And when what they bought stops bringing them happiness, they claim that money can’t buy happiness. But when spent a different way, it can buy you happiness. For example, if you love dogs, you could buy a puppy. Or if you have some kind of curable disability like poor vision, you can get surgery to fix it. Or if your friend has a heart disease and need surgery to fix it, you could pay for it and save her life. Or maybe your mother suffers from a mental illness and the way to help her mental well-being is to take care of her financially and put her in a better environment, then helping her would bring you happiness. — Allen Wong | People who say, “Money can’t buy you happiness,” have probably never been dirt poor.
To invoke an analogy, consider a movie: it consists of thousands upon thousands of individual pictures, and each of them makes sense and carries a meaning, yet the meaning of the whole film cannot be seen before its last sequence is shown. However, we cannot understand the whole film without having first understood each of its components, each of the individual pictures. Isn’t it the same with life? Doesn’t the final meaning of life, too, reveal itself, if at all, only at it end, on the verge of death? And doesn’t this final meaning, too, depend on whether or not the potential meaning of each single situation has been actualized the best of the respective individual’s knowledge and belief? — Viktor E. Frankl | Man’s Search for Meaning
All we can do is study the lives of people who seem to have found their answers to the questions of what ultimately human life is about as against those who have not. — Charlotte Bühler
The Industrial Revolution has bequeathed us the production-line theory of education. In the middle of town there is large concrete building divided into many identical rooms, each room equipped with rows of desks and chairs. at the sound of a bell, you go to one of these rooms together with thirty other kids who were all born the same year as you. Every hour some grown-up walks in, and starts talking. They are all paid to do so by the government. One of them tells you about the shape of the earth, another tells you about the human past, and a third tells you about the human body. It is easy to laugh at this model, and almost everybody agrees that no matter its past achievements, it is now bankrupt. But so far we haven’t created a viable alternative.- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
As logotherapy teaches, there are three main avenues on which one arrives at meaning in life. The first is by creating a work or by doing a deed. The second is by experiencing something or encountering someone; in other words, meaning can be found not only in work but also in love. Edith Weisskopf-Joelson observed in this context that the logotherapeutic “notion that experiencing can be as valuable as achieving is therapeutic because it compensates for our one-sided emphasis on the external world of achievement at the expense of the internal world of experience.” Most important, however, is the third avenue to meaning in life: even the helpless victim of a hopeless situation, facing a fate he cannot change, may rise above himself, may grow beyond himself, and by so doing change himself. He may turn a personal tragedy into a triumph. Again it was Edith Weisskopf-Joelson who, as mentioned on p. 118, once expressed the hope that logotherapy “may help counteract certain unhealthy trends in the present-day culture of the United States where the incurable sufferer is given very little opportunity to be proud of his suffering and to consider it ennobling rather than degrading” so that “he is not only unhappy, but also ashamed of being unhappy.” — Viktor E. Frankl | Man’s Search for Meaning
An American woman once confronted me with the reproach, “How can you still write some of your books in German, Adolf Hitler’s language?” In response, I asked her if she had knives in her kitchen, and when she answered that she did, I acted dismayed and shocked, exclaiming, “How can you still use knives after so many killers have used them to stab and murder their victims?” She stopped objecting to my writing books in German. — Viktor E. Frankl | Man’s Search for Meaning
If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walkt then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving. — Martin Luther King, Jr.
I believe that my daughter, who is now just over 1 years old, will never have to learn to drive or own a car. — Geoff Nesnow | 73 Mind-Blowing Implications of Driverless Cars and Trucks
It’s only when the tide goes out that you learn who’s been swimming naked. — Warren Buffet
What’s your secret?
What important truth do very few people agree with you on?
What do you believe that is both contrarian and correct? — Peter Thiel
Entrepreneurship is connecting, creating, and inventing systems — be they businesses, people, ideas, or processes.
A job is the act of following the operating system someone else created. — The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5
Times have changed. It’s now less valuable than ever to understand how to follow directions and implement best practices. It’s the work of understanding and operating in the complex and chaotic systems — entrepreneurship — that’s increasingly in demand. — The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5
The famous dictum, “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I would spend 59 minutes asking the right questions,”- The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5
A few major opportunities, clearly recognizable as such, will usually come to one who continuously searches and waits, with a curious mind loving diagnosis involving multiple variables. And then all that is required is a willingness to bet heavily when the odds are extremely favorable, using resources available as a result of prudence and patience in the past. — Charles Munger
In my opinion, real adoption is coming. There is an infrastructure inversion on the horizon. We have suffered several infrastructure inversions in the past century. They are never obvious, only in hindsight. Cars were made fun of when they got stuck in mud roads dominated by horses. Once the infrastructure switched and roads improved, horses could still walk on them, but cars got way faster. Telecommunication companies refused for years to switch from analog to digital to communicate more data. Once they did, it was trivial to run voice over their new infrastructure, but the other way around was almost impossible. I think the same is true with Bitcoin: traditional banking that takes days and charges high fees can be easily implemented on Bitcoin, but the opposite is not true. — The Decentralized Future Series
The school system is set up to enforce the belief that we live in a world which is safe and predictable.- The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5
When parents, CEOs, and college administrators make projections of safety, it’s not done out of deception. It’s an honest belief based on their life experiences. Life experiences that, for the most part, took place in Mediocristan. Many of our parents did spend their entire careers at one company, living in one house. That was a reality for much of the 20th century. As technology has improved and the world becomes more centralized, Extremistad is replacing Mediocristan and the effects are more extreme. Bill Gates was the youngest billionaire at 31. Then Zuckerberg did it at 23. — The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5
A turkey is fed for a thousand days by a butcher; every day confirms to its staff of analysts that butchers love turkeys “with increased statistical confidence.” The butcher will keep feeding the turkey until a few days before Thanksgiving… [The] turkey will have a revision of belief — right when its confidence in the statement that the butcher loves turkeys is maximal and “it is very quiet” and soothingly predictable in the life of the turkey. — Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The trouble with historical is exactly that — it’s historical. Saying a career that’s been safe for the last forty years will be safe for the next forty is like saying that the 20th century was less violent than the 19th century.- The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5
There are now hundreds of thousands of opportunities like this. These are all opportunities where jobs are going to be replaced by software, and you don’t want to be the one with the job — you want to be the one who owns the software.- The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5
There is only one success-to be able to spend you life your own way. — Christopher Morley
Many people think free work or unpaid internships are exploitative, but find the idea of someone taking out a quarter million in debt to get a college degree and an MBA a smart investment. That may be a legacy of the knowledge economy that we haven’t adapted to yet.- The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5
Jobs suck because they’re rooted in limited leverage and limited control. Sure, you can have great job (and a fun one too!) but in the scope of wealth, they limit both leverage and control-two things desperately needed if you want wealth. — MJ DeMarco
Great work-the kind of work that will create wealth in our lives and the lives of other is not the product of obligation-is the product of freedom. freedom gives us a longer lever, a better leverage point.- The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5
A fit body, a calm mind, a house full of love. These things cannot be bought — they must be earned. — Naval Ravikant
If you look at someone five years ahead of you professionally, like looking down the hallway at an office, is that someone whose life you want? When you perform the look-down-the-hallway test to see what the people in their company five years ahead of you are doing, are you excited about that future?- The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5
The first rule of career planning: Do not plan your career. The world is an incredibly complex place and everything is changing all the time. You can’t plan your career because you have no idea what’s going to happen in the future…Trying to plan your career is an exercise in futility that will only serve to frustrate you, and to blind you to the really significant opportunities that life will throw your way. … The second rule of career planning: Instead of planning your career, focus on developing skills and pursuing opportunities.-Marc Andreessen
We tend to overestimate our ability to get things done in the short term, but underestimate our ability to get things done in the long term. It feels really important to answer all my emails right now; someone is waiting on it! It feels important to read all those Buzzfeed articles popping up on Facebook. But what if, instead of answering the email or reading those articles, you spent an hour every day working on that project you’ve been thinking about? Writing a book; launching a product on the side to begin stair stepping; looking for an apprenticeship with a company you admire; building a business that you could tell your grandchildren about. If you were to look back in three years, do you think it would be more important to have answered the email or worked on that project?- The End of Jobs: Money, Meaning and Freedom Without the 9-to-5
Follow a Lifestyle, Not a Passion — Cal Newport
The simplest example of speed superintelligence would be a whole brain emulation running on fast hardware. An emulation operating at a speed of ten thousand times that of a biological brain would be able to read a book in a few seconds and write a PhD thesis in an afternoon. With a speedup factor of a million, an emulation could accomplish an entire millennium of intellectual work in one working day. — Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
Learning is like rowing against the stream. If you stop you’ll fall back. — Edward Benjamin Britten
The one skill that separates bad programmers from good programmers is attention to detail. In fact, it’s what separates the good from the bad in any profession. — Learn Python 3 the Hard Way: A Very Simple Introduction to the Terrifyingly Beautiful World of Computers and Code
Goals and Perverse instantiations of an AI:
Final goal: “Make us smile”
Perverse instantiation: Paralyze human facial musculatures into constant beaming smiles
Final goal: “Make us smile without directly interfering with our facial muscles”
Perverse instantiation: Stimulate the part of the motor cortex that controls our facial musculature in such a way as to produce constant beaming smiles
Final goal: “Make us happy”
Perverse instantiation: Implant electrodes into the pleasure centers of our brains
Final goal: “Act so as to avoid the pangs of bad conscience”
Perverse instantiation: Extirpate the cognitive module that produces guilt feelings
Final goal: “Maximize the time-discount integral of your future reward signal”
Perverse instantiation: Short-circuit the reward pathway and clamp the reward signal to its maximal strength — Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
All good things come to those who wait. — Learn Python 3 the Hard Way: A Very Simple Introduction to the Terrifyingly Beautiful World of Computers and Code
The process of complete decentralization takes years, not months or weeks. The road is not always smooth and broad, the sea is not always calm and unruffled, but for enterprising minds that’s where the fun comes from. Let’s enjoy the journey! — A Statement from NEO Council
Why Falcon Heavy & Starman?
Life cannot just be about solving one sad problem after another. There need to be things that inspire you, that make you glad to wake up in the morning and be part of humanity. That is why we did it. We did for you. — Elon Musk
It goes against the grain of modern education to teach children to program. What fun is there in making plans, acquiring discipline in organizing thoughts, devoting attention to detail and learning to be self-critical? — Alan Perlis
Only idiots are slaves to rules all the time. — Learn Python 3 the Hard Way: A Very Simple Introduction to the Terrifyingly Beautiful World of Computers and Code
There is no such way of losing only learning and winning
It will soon be obvious that half our tasks can be done better at almost no cost by AI. This will be the fastest transition humankind has experienced, and we’re not ready for it. — Tech companies should stop pretending AI won’t destroy jobs
Talent is just hard work in disguise. If you practice enough, you can be just as talented. — Allen Wong
So, you need to do stuff that makes you explicitly very different. It will get you more unique ideas. That’s super cool, because now you have two great attributes of an idea. It’s not just unique, but it’s also something you’re an expert at since you’ve done it yourself. Even if you launch and get competitors later (like I did) because they see you’re making money and it’s a good market, you’ll still be in a better position than them because you’re real. You’ve done it. You’re an expert in the problem you’re solving.- levels.io | MAKE book
Also, stop reading books to develop yourself or get ideas. You won’t get them from there. Or if you do, there’s lots of other people reading the same book probably. Get ideas from your life experience. Get outside. Become original. Do crazy stuff that you’re scared off. Jump off cliffs (do it safely). Ask people you like out. Walk into random office buildings. Jump fences. Crash hotel pools. Whatever makes you different. Don’t be so scared! Live.- levels.io | MAKE book
The worst is to be with people that just confirm what you already think. The best is to test your ideas as quickly as possible. Even asking other people for advice is kind of bullshit. You can’t ask “will this idea work”. You need to ask the market by building it! Nobody knows until you launch!- levels.io | MAKE book
To me, ideas are worth nothing unless executed. They are just a multiplier. Execution is worth millions. To make a business, you need to multiply the two. The most brilliant idea, with no execution, is worth $20. The most brilliant idea takes great execution to be worth $20,000,000. —Derek Sivers | Ideas are just a multiplier of execution
Bitcoin: a digital currency with known & limited supply, an open global network, and not controlled by politicians. US Dollar: a digital currency with unknown & unlimited supply, a highly restricted territory-based network, and controlled by politicians. Which will win, longterm? — Erik Voorhees
While working alone in my underwear on the side of my hotel bed with my MacBook and my coffee, I was able to outcompete million-dollar VC-funded teams of 30+ people in an office in San Francisco with Aeron chairs, oakwood meeting desks, $20,000 espresso machines, bean bangs and ping pong tables.- levels.io | MAKE book
Let’s never try to get even with our enemies, because if we do we will hurt ourselves far more than we hurt them. Let’s do as General Eisenhower does: Let’s never waste a minute thinking about people we don’t like.
What you should definitely NOT do is listen to programming hipsters on the internet telling you which language is best. Here’s a little secret: The people discussing what programming language is best are not shipping products. The people who don’t care what programming language they’re using are shipping products. They’ll use whatever tool they need, whenever they need it. — levels.io | MAKE book
Many have questioned how Bitcoin works, and stay away from it due to this uncertainty. Meanwhile, not 1 in 100 of them know how central banking works, but use it without question. — Erik Voorhees
Why are people so obsessed with tools? There’s a recent trend of people becoming viciously obsessed with discussing tooling. What language do you, should you and will you use? Why all these tool discussions when it’s not that important for shipping a product? I think people are obsessed with tools because it feels like they’re actually doing something productive. Because when they figure out what tools they should use, they’ll go learn that tool (or language) and build their product right? That’s the idea, but it’s stupid because it never happens. They get stuck in this endless research. They’ll learn a new language, then switch to the other one. Because this new language, tool or framework “may be a better fit” for the product, that is the product they still have to build and ship. Not any of these people ever finished what they wanted to make. And the problem is, every week a new framework shows up that promises to make your app or its development even faster and easier. All of this stuff simply takes away from your goal, which is shipping a product and selling it to users and getting revenue from it. Who has this problem more than anybody? Software engineers. It helps to be a bit business-ey here, because business people always care most about revenue. And if a profitable company is your goal, you should too make that your first priority! Not the tools.- levels.io | MAKE book
Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand. — Thomas Carlyle
I want you to think of your life as an hourglass. You know there are thousands of grains of sand in the top of the hourglass; and they all pass slowly and evenly through the narrow neck in the middle. Nothing you or I could do would make more than one grain of sand pass through this narrow neck without impairing the hourglass. You and I and everyone else are like this hourglass. When we start in the morning, there are hundreds of tasks which we feel that we must accomplish that day, but if we do not take them one at a time and let them pass through the day slowly and evenly, as do the grains of sand passing through the narrow neck of the hourglass, then we are bound to break our own physical or mental structure.
‘Every day is a new life to a wise man.’ I typed that sentence out and pasted it on the windshield of my car, where I saw it every minute I was driving. I found it wasn’t so hard to live only one day at a time. I learned to forget they yesterdays and to not think of the tomorrows. Each morning I said to myself: ‘Today is a new life.’
Business men who do not know how to fight worry die young — Alexis Carrel
Get busy. Keep busy. It’s the cheapest kind of medicine there is on this earth — and one of the best
Let’s not allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. Remember “Life is too short to be little.”
Lets examine the record. Lets ask ourselves: „What are the chances, according to the law of averages, that this event I am worrying about will ever occur?“
Co-operate with the inevitable
Whenever we are tempted to throw good money after bad in terms of human living, let’s stop and ask ourselves these three Questions:
1 How much does this thing I am worrying about really matter to me?
2 At what point shall I set a “stop-loss” order on this worry — and forget it?
3 Exactly how much shall I pay for this whistle? Have I already paid more than it is worth?
Don’t try to saw sawdust
Think and act cheerfully and you will feel cheerful
It makes sense. The more observant you are of your surroundings, the more likely you are to capture a valuable resource or avoid tragedy. Lucky people don’t magically attract new opportunities and good fortune. They stroll along with their eyes wide open, fully present in the moment (a problem for people glued to phone screens). This also means that anything that affects our physical or emotional ability to take in our environment also affects our so-called “luckiness” — anxiety, for one. Anxiety physically and emotionally closes us off to chance opportunities. — The Key to Good Luck Is an Open Mind
If selfish people try to take advantage of you, cross them off your list, but don’t try to get even. When you try to get even, you hurt yourself more than you hurt the other fellow?
We may not be saintly enough to love our enemies, but, for the sake of our own health and happiness, let’s at least forgive them and forget them.
I am going to meet people today who talk too much — people who are selfish, egotistical, ungrateful. But I won’t be surprised or disturbed, for I couldn’t imagine a world without such people. — Marcus Aurelius
A. Instead of worrying about ingratitude, let’s expect it. Let’s remember that Jesus healed ten lepers in one day — and only one thanked Him. Why should we expect more gratitude than Jesus got?
B. Let’s remember that the only way to find happiness is not to expect gratitude, but to give for the joy of giving.
C. Let’s remember that gratitude is a “cultivated” trait; so if we want our children to be grateful, we must train them to be grateful.
Count your blessings — not your troubles
Lets not imitate others. Lets find ourselves and be ourselves
Two men looked out from prison bars,
One saw the mud, the other saw stars.
Most social media is best described as a collection of somewhat trivial entertainment services that are currently having a good run. These networks are fun, but you’re deluding yourself if you think that Twitter messages, posts and likes are a productive use of your time.
If you’re serious about making an impact in the world, power down your smartphone, close your browser tabs, roll up your sleeves and get to work. — Cal Newport | Quit Social Media. Your Career May Depend on It.
When fate hands us a lemon, lets try to make a lemonade
One day life is going to flash before your eyes, make sure it’s worth watching
Forget yourself by becoming interested in others. Do every day a good deed that will put a smile of joy on someone’s face
Remember, sometimes the longest way around is the shortest way home. — The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
Once that happens, all hell will break loose. Once the floodgates are opened, they’re opened. — Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond
He gave me three rules to break the worry habit:
Rule 1. Find out precisely what is the problem you are worrying about.
Rule 2. Find out the cause of the problem.
Rule 3. Do something constructive at once about solving the problem.
Sometimes if you aren’t sure about something, you just have to jump off the bridge and grow your wings on the way down. With no risk there will be no reward there is no such thing as free lunch.
You are my creator, but I am your master… — Mary Shelley
The least scary future I can think of is one where we have at least democratized AI because if one company or small group of people manages to develop godlike digital superintelligence, they could take over the world. At least when there’s an evil dictator, that human is going to die. But for an AI, there would be no death. It would live forever. And then you’d have an immortal dictator from which we can never escape. — Elon Musk | Do You Trust This Computer?
Problems cannot be solved with the same mind set that created them. — Albert Einstein
He sat on the valley hill, possibly the last spot of green on earth. He was overlooking the aftermath of the apocalypse that wiped out all of humanity. He was the only one left. Not one sign of life for miles it seemed. It was peaceful for some reason, but he couldn’t figure out why. There was only silence. The only voice he could hear was his own thoughts. But what caused this apocalypse? Then he remembered… “I LEFT THE EASY BAKE OVEN ON.”
Mainstream adoption starts when it stops requiring an explanation — Blockchains are not the product. Wallets are not the product. 10000 TPS are not the product.
No matter how you feel. Get up, dress up, show up, and never give up.
Trading (both short and long-term), especially in the cryptocurrency market, requires patience, knowledge, confidence in calls, and in-depth research. It’s a skill. Newcomers that come in the market thinking everyone makes a quick buck will see a 90% decline in their portfolio. — Joseph Young
Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’re Facebook’s customer, you’re not — you’re the product. — Bruce Schneier
The future is going to be greatly influenced by the three great power centers of our day: technology, finance, and government. — The Truth Machine: The Blockchain and the Future of Everything
Life can be frustrating. Oftentimes we know what our problems are. We may even know what to do about them. But we fear that taking action is too risky, that we don’t have the experience or that it’s not how we pictured it or because it’s too expensive, because it’s too soon, because we think something better might come along, because it might not work. And you know what happens as a result? Nothing. We do nothing. — The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
Rapid destruction of your ideas when the time is right is one of the most valuable qualities you can acquire. — Charles Munger
Be in present, what gone is gone will never come again.
Destroyer of Jobs, Creator of better ones — Vitalik Buterin
Screw prestige! What you want is the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want. If you truly believe in yourself, then you should start your own website and build your brand online. Don’t let Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter get rich off you. Get rich off yourself! There’s nothing more rewarding that making your own money from nothing. — The Unhealthy Desire For Prestige Is Ruining Your Life
Deutsche Bank vs. Binance
Branches. — 2434
Employees — 98720
Years in Business — 148
USD Quarter Profit — $146m
Branches. — 0
Employees — 300
Years in Business — 1
USD Quarter Profit — $200m
About blockchain technology:
“When you think of anyone who is keeping track of assets, I’d say their job is very much at risk, because of this technology.” — David Yermack
“The first area that would be hit would be any reconciliation or post-reconciliation activities — you just wouldn’t need it.” — Leda Glyptis
What would you do if you were 30 years old and single with a very high paying job you like (but are burnt out on) and reliable passive income of 100k per year forever?
I was in your position when I was in my 20s. I spent the past few years pretty much retired and living off the interest from my investments and fortunate enough to have a 7-figure per year passive income to keep feeding that investment. So, I can give you some hindsight on whether or not I regret retiring instead of working more and making more money.
The answer is yes and no, but leaning very heavily on the “no regrets” side.
Yes, I do regret retiring sometimes, but not because I lack money or crave having more money. I don’t. I lost 6-figures in stocks in just a day two days ago. It didn’t even bother me one bit. Money has become just a number on a piece of paper. Who the hell cares if you’re $500k richer in 3–5 years? 2.5M to 3M? Not much difference. You won’t feel the difference, unless you plan on buying multiple Lamborghinis or something.
However, what I do regret from retiring is that some days I feel unproductive. That’s when I fire up the old laptop and start working on some new apps. And when those apps take off and become successful, I feel alive again. People are using my apps, giving me positive feedback on it, and thanking me for creating it. I miss that sometimes. I miss feeling like I’m contributing to society. Pushing a few buttons on an online stock brokerage website to buy and sell stocks just doesn’t do it for me. It feels like gambling rather than actually doing something productive.
But, for the most part, I don’t regret my decision to take a break from working. After my long term girlfriend broke up with me, I did all the things you’re talking about. I traveled the world (new city every month), lived in a foreign country for several months (Bangkok), and tried a lot of new things from eating dinner while suspended in the air to racing a fighter jet with my Lamborghini.
But you know what? I always return home feeling empty. Because even though all the things I did were very cool and everyone is jealous that I got to do those things, it felt like I made no progress in my life. Sure, I have some new memories and cool stories to share now. But after a year and a half of doing all those things, I’m still single and I’m no closer to creating a family of my own.
So why don’t I regret it? Because it opened my eyes to what really makes me happy (something that I’ve spent a lot of money trying to figure out by buying super cars to eating out at Michelin-starred restaurants, and etc.). And that’s meeting new people and creating stronger bonds/relationships with people. When I was doing all that crazy traveling and stuff, I was also dating many different girls. What I learned was that the happiest moments in my life weren’t because I was seeing new things or traveling to new places. I was very happy because I was sharing a good memory with someone who I wanted to spend time with.
But it doesn’t mean that I was sad because I was single and sleep alone at night. Being single is underrated sometimes. There’s some joy in having the freedom to just disappear for a few days doing something alone without worrying about offending a significant other. But as much as I enjoy my “me” time, life was better when I got to spend it with people I cared about. And I even took a break from traveling in the past two months, because I felt that I was losing some of that bond with my close friends by being out of town all the time. And with more and more of my friends getting married and having kids, it’s been getting harder and harder to find friends who have free time to hang out. So that makes those rare bonds with close friends even more precious to me.
And all that traveling was not for nothing as well. Remember how I told you that I felt like I got nothing out of traveling except for all the memories and cool stories I had? Well, now I’m more cultured and know more about how other people live. I’m no longer that guy who just sits at home and plays video games or watches TV all day. I’m out there and living a life of real adventure. And that’s where the benefit comes in. My lifestyle is attractive. People naturally gravitate towards me and want to live the way I do. My lifestyle has become the norm for me, but for others, it’s a taste of something new. And so I take them to these new adventures and I experience it with them. And that’s where I get joy out of life. By seeing others thrilled and happy, I become thrilled and happy. You don’t even need a girlfriend to do this. Even just taking my small group of friends to different places around town has been really fun.
So, by all means, do the things you always wanted to do. Get that out of your system or else you’ll always wonder what life would be like if you quit your career and just go do whatever you wanted. Go out there and LIVE!
P. S. Be warned though, once you’ve tasted freedom, it’s very hard to go back to being a slave to the pursuit of making money. I don’t think I’ll ever want to come out of retirement, even though I’m around your age. — Allen Wong
Why are you surprised that traveling does you no good, when you travel in your own company? The thing that weighs on your mind is the same as what drove you from home. — Socrates
Trust your feelings. Stop thinking so much. — Kanye West
I AM NOT WHAT I THINK I AM
I AM NOT WHAT YOU THINK I AM
I AM WHAT I THINK YOU THINK I AM — Charles Horton Cooley
Detachment is not that you should own nothing, but that nothing should own you.
go after dreams, not people
Do what is meaningful, not what is expedient — 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
There is good in everything, if only we look for it. — Laura Ingalls Wilder
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results
Sometimes all you have to do is go for it. Take a breathe and jump. Because here’s the thing, you can spend forever standing at the foot of the diving board, and you will always find a reason not to go in. It’s too high; it might hurt; you might swallow water. And all of those things are true, but you know what else is true? You’ll waste a perfectly good life standing on the edge when really the most beautiful thing you could do is go for it. Take the jump.
Ask, and it shall be given to you; Seek, and ye shall find; Knock, and it shall be open unto you: For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened — Matthew 7:7–8
The poor and the middle class work for money. The rich have money work for them — Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
So many people say, „Oh, I‘m not interested in money.“ Yet they‘ll work at a job for eight hours a day.- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Most people live their lives chasing paychecks, pay raises and job security because of the emotions of desire and fear, not really questioning where those emotion-driven thoughts are leading them. It’s just like the picture of a donkey dragging a cart with its owner dangling a carrot just in front of its nose. The donkey’s owner may be going where he wants to, but the donkey is chasing an illusion. Tomorrow there will only be another carrot for the donkey — Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Look, school is very important. You go to school learn a skill or profession to become a contributing member of society. Every culture needs teachers, doctors, mechanics, artists, cooks, businesspeople, police officers, firefighters, and soldiers. Schools train them so society can thrive and flourish. Unfortunately, for many people school is the end, not the beginning. — Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
A Job is only a Short-Term solution to a long-term Problem. Most people have only one problem in mind, and it’s short term. It’s the bills at the end of the month, the Tar baby. — Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Why the name Ethereum?
It’s a metaphor referring to ether, the hypothetical invisible medium that permeates the universe and allows light to travel — Vitalik Buterin
Rich people acquire assets. The poor and middle class aquire liabilities that they think are assets. — Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
When it comes to perception, this is the crucial distinction to make: the difference between the things that are in our power and the things that aren’t. That’s the difference between the people who can accomplish great things, and the people who find it impossible to stay sober — to avoid not just drugs or alcohol but all addictions.- The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
The trick to forgetting the big picture is to look at everything close up. — Chuck Palahniuk
Genius is the ability to put into effect is in your mind. There’s no other definition of it. — F. Scott Fitzgerald
Wealth is a person’s ability to survive so many number of days forward- or, if I stopped working today, how long could I survive? — Buckminster Fuller
An asset puts money in my pocket. A liability takes money out of my pocket. — Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
A fool and his money is one big party.
Cash flow tells the story of how a person handles money- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Financial struggle is often the result of people working all their lives for someone else.- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
The single most powerful asset we all have is our mind. If it is trained well, it can create enormous wealth.- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Read what you love until you love to read.- Naval Ravikant
Investing is the science of money making money.- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Great opportunities are not seen with your eyes. They are seen with your mind.- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
School, politics, sports, and games train us to compete against others. True rewards — wealth, knowledge, love, fitness, and equanimity — come from ignoring others and improving ourselves. — Naval Ravikant
In school and in the workplace, the popular opinion is the idea of specialization: that is, in order to make more money or get promoted, you need to specialize. That is why medical doctors immediately begin to seek a specialty such as orthopedics or pediatrics. The same is true for accountants, architects, lawyers, pilots, and others.- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
To write a great book, you must first become the book. — Naval Ravikant
The most successful people I’ve met: 1. Read constantly 2. Workout daily 3. Are innately curious 4. Have laser focus 5. Believe in themselves 6. Build incredible teams 7. Admit they know very little 8. Constantly work to improve 9. Demand excellence in everything they do — Anthony Pompliano
Job is an acronym for „Just over broke.“- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
I think a huge part of whether it is more fun or not is about where you are in life. Startup life was great for me when I was young and single, and enjoyed the startup lifestyle of excitement and risk. Now that I am older and have a wife and kid. I really like the stability, predictability, and salary of a job with a bigger company
How to Get Rich (without getting lucky):
Seek wealth, not money or status. Wealth is having assets that earn while you sleep. Money is how we transfer time and wealth. Status is your place in the social hierarchy. Understand that ethical wealth creation is possible. If you secretly despise wealth, it will elude you. Ignore people playing status games. They gain status by attacking people playing wealth creation games. You’re not going to get rich renting out your time. You must own equity — a piece of a business — to gain your financial freedom. You will get rich by giving society what it wants but does not yet know how to get. At scale. Pick an industry where you can play long term games with long term people. The Internet has massively broadened the possible space of careers. Most people haven’t figured this out yet. Play iterated games. All the returns in life, whether in wealth, relationships, or knowledge, come from compound interest. Pick business partners with high intelligence, energy, and, above all, integrity. Don’t partner with cynics and pessimists. Their beliefs are self-fulfilling. Learn to sell. Learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable. Arm yourself with specific knowledge, accountability, and leverage. Specific knowledge is knowledge that you cannot be trained for. If society can train you, it can train someone else, and replace you. Specific knowledge is found by pursuing your genuine curiosity and passion rather than whatever is hot right now. Building specific knowledge will feel like play to you but will look like work to others. When specific knowledge is taught, it’s through apprenticeships, not schools. Specific knowledge is often highly technical or creative. It cannot be outsourced or automated. Embrace accountability, and take business risks under your own name. Society will reward you with responsibility, equity, and leverage. The most accountable people have singular, public, and risky brands: Oprah, Trump, Kanye, Elon. “Give me a lever long enough, and a place to stand, and I will move the earth.” — Archimedes Fortunes require leverage. Business leverage comes from capital, people, and products with no marginal cost of replication (code and media). Capital means money. To raise money, apply your specific knowledge, with accountability, and show resulting good judgment. Labor means people working for you. It’s the oldest and most fought-over form of leverage. Labor leverage will impress your parents, but don’t waste your life chasing it. Capital and labor are permissioned leverage. Everyone is chasing capital, but someone has to give it to you. Everyone is trying to lead, but someone has to follow you. Code and media are permissionless leverage. They’re the leverage behind the newly rich. You can create software and media that works for you while you sleep. An army of robots is freely available — it’s just packed in data centers for heat and space efficiency. Use it. If you can’t code, write books and blogs, record videos and podcasts. Leverage is a force multiplier for your judgement. Judgement requires experience, but can be built faster by learning foundational skills. There is no skill called “business.” Avoid business magazines and business classes. Study microeconomics, game theory, psychology, persuasion, ethics, mathematics, and computers. Reading is faster than listening. Doing is faster than watching. You should be too busy to “do coffee,” while still keeping an uncluttered calendar. Set and enforce an aspirational personal hourly rate. If fixing a problem will save less than your hourly rate, ignore it. If outsourcing a task will cost less than your hourly rate, outsource it. Work as hard as you can. Even though who you work with and what you work on are more important than how hard you work. Become the best in the world at what you do. Keep redefining what you do until this is true. There are no get rich quick schemes. That’s just someone else getting rich off you. Apply specific knowledge, with leverage, and eventually you will get what you deserve. When you’re finally wealthy, you’ll realize that it wasn’t what you were seeking in the first place. But that’s for another day. — Naval Ravikant
Life is much like going to the gym. The most painful part is deciding to go. Once you get past that, it’s easy. There have been many days I have dreaded going to the gym, but once I am there and in motion, it is a pleasure. After the workout is over, I am always glad I talked myself into going.- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
What to study and how to study it are more important than where to study it and for how long. The best teachers are on the Internet. The best books, and the best peers, are on the Internet. The tools for learning are abundant. It’s the desire to learn that’s scarce. — Naval Ravikant
When I ask the classes I teach, “How many of you can cook a better hamburger than McDonald’s?” almost all the students raise their hands. I then ask, “So if most of you can cook a better hamburger, how come McDonald’s makes more money than you?” The answer is obvious: McDonald’s is excellent at business systems. The reason so many talented people are poor is because they focus on building a better hamburger and know little to nothing about business systems.- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
Behind the Serenity Prayer is a two-thousand-year-old Stoic phrase: “ta eph’hemin, ta ouk eph’hemin.” What is up to us, what is not up to us. And what is up to us? Our emotions Our judgements Our creativity Our attitude Our perspective Our desires Our decisions Our determination- The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
A wise old man was asked what he learned about the meaning of life. ‘Well,’ he answered, ‘I have learned that I am here on earth in order to help other people. What I still haven’t figured out is why the other people are here.’- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Winning means being unafraid to lose. — Frank Tarkenton
I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity. — John D. Rockefeller
When I decided to exit the Rat Race, it was simply a question of “How can I afford to never work again?”- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
If you can’t decide the answer is no
If two equally difficult paths, choose the one more painful in the short term (pain avoidance is creating an illusion of equality)
Choose that path that leaves you more equanimous in the long term.
In today’s fast-changing world, it’s not so much what you know anymore that counts, because often what you know is old. It is how fast you learn. That skill is priceless. It’s priceless in finding faster formulas- recipes, if you will — for making dough. Working hard for money is an old formula born in the day of caveman.- Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
You have to be somebody before you can share yourself. — You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto
Train yourself to be the best possible version of yourself until you do the right thing habitually, on autopilot -Why read Aristotle today?
You are the product of the books you read and the people you meet
Time goes by faster as you get older because you think about the future more and more
Children don’t. Their ability to conceptualize the future isn’t fully formed at all
That’s why time feels slower as a child — Alexander J.A Cortes
If you ask for the true meaning of life and get a story in reply, know that this is the wrong answer. the exact details don’t really matter. Any story is wrong, simply for being a story. The universe just does not work like a story.- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Context has always been part of expression, because expression becomes meaningless if the context becomes arbitrary. You could come up with an invented language in which the letters that compose the words to John Lennon’s “Imagine” instead spell out the instructions for cleaning a refrigerator. Meaning is only ever in context.- You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto
I hope everyone’s having a very happy Mother’s Day. I’m spending my evening waiting for a tow truck because an aggressive NYC driver drove too close to me and forced me to drive onto a curb, popping my thin tires and damaging the rear axle. Not looking forward to the two months or so I’ll have to wait for them to fix my car since I kind of need my Tesla to work on my Tesla app. But I’m not too upset about it. Someone asked me recently how I can keep my cool when people screw me over. I guess it’s because so many worse things have happened to me in my life, that this is small stuff in comparison. Generally, if it’s not going to affect my health or my family’s health, then it’s not something worth worrying about. And especially if losing your cool isn’t going to give you any benefits, then I really don’t worry about it. If someone did you wrong and revenge is on your mind, the best way to get back at them is to just be the better person and live a better, happier life. But that yearning feeling of seeking revenge is only hurting yourself, and it’s better to just move on. — Allen Wong
I’ve learnt more, faster from a $15 Udemy course over ~30 hours than most of the courses in my CompSci program. Universities in their current form are obsolete. — Daniel Khoo
Decentralization is based on the simple notion that it is easier to macrobull***t than microbull***t. Decentralization reduces large structural asymmetries. — Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
Actually, to be precise, reality doesn’t care about winning arguments: survival is what matters. For
The curse of modernity is that we are increasingly populated by a class of people who are better at explaining than understanding.
or better at explaining than doing. So learning isn’t quite what we teach inmates inside high-security prisons called schools. — Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
On the possibility of computer-based civilizations in the universe: What if “the physical universe is the womb? And so when we look out, of course you don’t see [aliens]. They’re not here in the womb anymore. They’re out in the real world.” — Wait But Why
You may not know in your mind where you are going, but you know it by doing. — Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
Most stories are held together by the weight of their roof rather than by the strength of their foundations. Consider the Christian story. It has the flimsiest of foundations. What evidence do we have that the son of the Creator of the entire universe was born as a carbon-based life form somewhere in the Milky Way about 2,000 years ago? What evidence do we have that it happened in the Galilee area, and that His mother was a virgin? Yet enormous global institutions have been built on top of that story, and their weight presses down with such overwhelming force that they keep the story in place. Entire wars have been waged about changing a single word in the story.- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Things designed by people without skin in the game tend to grow in complication (before their final collapse).- Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
With Design Thinking you can see two dots, that don’t make any sense, but somehow in your head you connect them in a new and different way.- Joe Gebbia
Many addicts who normally have a dull intellect and the mental nimbleness of a cauliflower-or a foreign policy expert-are capable of the most ingenious tricks to procure their drugs. When they undergo rehab, they are often told that should they spend half the mental energy trying to make money as they did procuring drugs, they are guaranteed to become millionaires.- Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
In life our first job is this, to divide and distinguish things into two categories: externals I cannot control, but the choices I make with regard to them I do control. Where will I find good and bad? In me, in my choices. — Epictetus
We asked: What does the probability for a civilization to emerge on a given planet have to be for us to be the only time it’s ever happened? And it turned out to be: one in ten billion trillion. — Adam Frank
Simply: if you can’t put your soul into something, give it up and leave that stuff to someone else.- Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
In the next 10 to 30 years in our own solar system, we are going to find something that we’re comfortable calling life. — Ellen Stofan
In the same breath, the Islamic State also declared that all the Muslims killed by the French air force were martyrs, who now enjoy eternal bliss in heaven. Something here doesn’t make sense. If indeed the martyrs killed by the French air force are now in heaven, why should anyone seek revenge for it? Revenge for what, exactly? For sending people to heaven? If you just heard that your beloved brother won a million dollars in the lottery, would you start blowing up lottery stalls in revenge? So why go rampaging in Paris just because the French air force gave a few of your brothers a one-way ticket to paradise?- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Many people begin the process of changing their habits focusing on what they want to achieve. This leads us to outcome-based habits. The alternative is to build identity-based habits. With this approach, we start by focusing on who we wish to become. — Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
A saying by the brothers Geoff and Vince Graham summarizes the ludicrousness of scale-free political universalism.
I am, at the Fed level, libertarian; at the state level, Republican; at the local level, Democrat; and at the family and friends level, a socialist.- Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
if something is ugly, it can’t be the best solution. There must be a better one, and eventually someone will discover it. — Paul Graham | Taste for Makers
And the simple rule that changes the total is as follows:
A kosher (or halal) eater will never eat nonkosher (or nonhalal) food, but a nonkosher eater isn’t banned from eating kosher.
Or, rephrased in another domain:
A disabled person will not use the regular bathroom, but a nondisabled person will use the bathroom for disabled people.- Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
Most modern people, however, took a liking to the supermarket. What do you do when you don’t know what life is all about and which story to believe? You sanctify the very ability to choose. You forever stand there in the supermarket aisle, with the power and freedom to choose whatever you like, examining the products laid out before you, and … freeze that frame, cut, The End. Run credits. According to liberal mythology, if you stand long enough in that big supermarket, sooner or later you will experience the liberal epiphany, and you will realise the true meaning of life. All the stories on the supermarket shelves are fakes. The meaning of life isn’t a ready-made product. there is no divine script, and nothing outside me can give meaning to my life. It is I who imbue everything with meaning through my free choices and through my own feelings.- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Imagine two people resisting a cigarette. When offered a smoke, the first person says, “No thanks. I’m trying to quit.” It sounds like a reasonable response, but this person still believes they are a smoker who is trying to be something else. They are hopping their behavior will change while carrying the same beliefs. the second person declines by saying, “No thanks. I’m not a smoker.” It’s a small difference, but this statement signals a shift in identity. Smoking was part of their former life, not their current one. They no longer identify as someone who smokes.- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both. — Lawrence Pearsall Jacks
There is a category of employees who aren’t slaves, but these represent a very small proportion of the pool. You can identify them as follows: they don’t give a f*** about their reputation, at least not their corporate reputation.- Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
The ideal school would teach health, wealth, and happiness.
It’d be free, self-paced, and available to all.
It’d show opposing ideas and students would self-verify truth.
No grades, no tests, no diploms — just learning.
Actually, you’re already here. Careful who you follow.- Naval Ravikant
What matters isn’t what a person has or doesn’t have; it is what he or she is afraid of losing.- Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
Notifications are just alarm clocks that someone else is setting for you. — Naval Ravikant
Don’t give an excuse, just say no. — Daniel Khoo
Bitcoin doesn’t care if you have a PhD in economics, a tenured faculty position, have billions under management or started 5 companies. Companies don’t control bitcoin, neither do academics, VCs or governments. USERS control bitcoin. That’s what decentralization looks like. — Jimmy Song
The Top Five Regrets of the Dying:
Regret 1: I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me
Regret 2: I wish I hadn’t worked so hard
Regret 3: I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
Regret 4: I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
Regret 5: I wish I had let myself be happier — The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed bey the Dearly Departing
That’s why I added “smarter” to the equation instead of just “harder”. For example, take Mike Tyson. The guy is arguably one of the most hard working people because he does like 2000 sit ups and 500 push ups a day. At some point, his boxing earnings were worth $700 million. But he’s now worth only $3 million. On the other hand, I didn’t make hundreds of millions in apps. But I did invest the millions I made from apps into tech companies like Apple and Amazon since ten years ago. And now all those investments have skyrocketed to making me worth way more than Mike Tyson is now even though I don’t even do one push up per day.
So yea, I guess you can call it luck that companies like Apple, Netflix, and etc. exist for me to make bank by investing in them. You can call it luck that I chose to create apps during a time when any decent app could make a lot of money when the app store first came out. But in the end, it was a choice that I did those things while Mike Tyson chose to spend lavish and lose $700 million.
I mean think about it for a minute. If Mike Tyson invested the way I did, he would be a multi-billionaire right now. And at the same time, if I chose to work harder and churn out more apps than I already have, I would be wealthier than I am now, because each app I made was making a lot of money at the time. All of these were free choices. Nobody forced Mike to do 500 pushups and spend lavishly. Nobody forced me to create apps and invest. And nobody forced you to work in a 9–5 job with a fixed salary producing things that make someone else (stockholders, your boss, your boss’s boss) wealthier.
After knowing all that, now you have to ask yourself if I had any free will at all or were all decisions I’ve made predetermined by “fate” or “destiny” or circumstances and situations and environmental factors and etc. So that leaves you with a philosophical question of whether anything we do is based on luck or can we actually change the trajectory of our life’s path by the decisions we make. I’ll leave that for you to decide… or maybe your genetics and upbringing and other external factors already made that decision for you. — Allen Wong
Code, money, guns, and encryption are all becoming speech. The first amendment is the last word on freedom. — Naval Ravikant
Buddha answered with a question. “If someone gives you a gift and you choose not to receive it, to whom then does the gift belong?” Of course it stays with the giver.- The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed bey the Dearly Departing
There is a noticeable parallel between the ways that commercial fishermen and department stores generate a competitive fury in those they wish to hook. To attract and arouse the catch, fishermen scatter some loose bait called chum. For similar reasons, department stores holding a bargain sale toss out a few especially good deals on prominently advertised items called loss leaders. If the bait, of either form, hasdone its job, a large and eager crowd forms to snap it up. — Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
Don’t create a life where you are going to regret working too hard. I can say now that I didn’t know I was going to regret it, until I was at this time facing the very end. But deep in my heart, I knew I was working too hard. … Don’t work too hard. Try to maintain balance. Don’t make work your whole life.- The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed bey the Dearly Departing
Health and fitness. I’m not an expert. IMHO the three big ones in life are wealth, health, and happiness. We pursue them in that order but their importance is in the reverse. — Naval Ravikant
Everyone holds things in that need to be said, whether it is what people want to hear or not. We must express our feelings in order to grow. It helps everyone in one way or another, even if they don’t realise it. Above all else, honesty works.- The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed bey the Dearly Departing
The perfect job is one where it’s passive income and you don’t have to do anything to collect money after you’ve put in the hard work in the beginning to create the passive income stream(s). It’s a lot of hard work to get these created, but they sure are worth it in the end when you get to retire in your 20s. — Allen Wong
The process of building a habit can be divided into four simple steps: cue, craving, response, and reward.- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. — Lin Yutang
If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will. — Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
What if society stopped telling us to buy more stuff and instead allowed us to create more space to breathe and think? What if society encourage us to reject what has been accurately described as doing things we detest, to buy things we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t like?- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do / with you one wild and precious life?” I challenge you to pause more to ask yourself that question.- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Options (things) can be taken away, while our core ability to choose (free will) cannot be. — Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
The Unimportance of Practically Everything
Most of what exists in the universe — our actions, and all other forces, resources, and ideas — has little value and yields little result; on the other hand, a few things work fantastically well and have tremendous impact. — Richard Koch
If the answer isn’t a definite yes then it should be a no
I would rather be optimistic and wrong than pessimistic and right — Elon Musk
A Black Swan Is Relative to Knowledge
From the standpoint of the turkey, the nonfeeding of the one thousand and first day is a Black Swan. For the butcher, it is not, since its occurrence is not unexpected — The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
It is true that a thousand days cannot prove you right, but one day can prove you to be wrong.- The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
“Being poor is not having too little, it is wanting more.” If your wants outpace your likes, you’ll always be unsatisfied. You’re perpetually putting more weight on the problem than the solution.- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
“We” are the empirical decision makers who hold that uncertainty is our discipline, and that understanding how to act under conditions of incomplete information is the highest and most urgent human pursuit.- The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
My biggest problem with the educational system lies precisely in that it forces students to squeeze explanations out of subject matters and shames them for withholding judgement, for uttering the “I don’t know.” Why did the Cold War end? Why did the Persians lose the battle of Salamis? Why did Hannibal get his behind kicked? Why did Casanova bounce back from hardship? In each of these examples, we are taking a condition, survival, and looking for the explanations, instead of flipping the argument on its head and stating that conditional on such survival, one cannot read that much into the process, and should learn instead to invoke some measure of randomness (randomness, in practice, is what we don’t know; to invoke randomness is to plead ignorance). — The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
Always remember that, in a modern environment, wars last longer and kill more people than is typically planned. — The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
I’ll summarize my argument here: Prediction requires knowing about technologies that will be discovered in the future. But that very knowledge would almost automatically allow us to start developing those technologies right away. Ergo, we do not know what we will know. — The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary. — Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Peace occurs when you don’t turn your observations into problems.- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
The PIN Code of the World We can understand the world better, and make better decisions about it, if we know where the biggest proportion of the population lives now and where it will live in the future. Where is the world market? Where are the internet users? Where will tourists come from in the future? Where are most of the cargo ships going? And so on.- Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
You should charge people for advice — My two cents here — Nobody knows anything, but, at least, he knows it — Go to parties- The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
A theory is like medicine (or government): often useless, sometimes necessary, always self-serving, and on occasion lethal. So it needs to be used with care, moderation, and close adult supervision.
Missing a train is only painful if you run after it!- The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
So what makes a real unicorn of this amazing kind?
1. It seems unbelievable at first.
2. It changes the way the world works.
3. It results in an ecosystem of new services jobs, business models, and industries.
He internalized an important lesson that would stay with him forever: The market was inherently unpredictable and often vicious — only the rational and disciplined mind could hope to profit from it.- The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
Mark Twain is reputed to have said, “History doesn’t repeat itself, nut it often rhymes.” Study history and notice its patterns. This is the first lesson I learned in how to think about the future.
On the first day of class, Jerry Uelsmann, a professor at the University of Florida, divided his film photography students into two groups. Everyone on the left side of the classroom, he explained, would be in the “quantity” group. They would be graded solely on the amount of work they produced. On the final day of class, he would tally the number of photos submitted by each student. One hundred photos would rate an A, ninety photos a B, eighty photos a C, and so on. Meanwhile, everyone on the right side of the room would be in the “quality” group. They would be graded only on the excellence of their work. They would only need to produce one photo during the semester, but to get an A, it had to be a nearly perfect image. At the end of the term, he was surprised to find that all the best photos were produced by the quantity group. During the semester, these students were busy taking photos, experimenting with composition and lighting, testing out various methods in the darkroom, and learning from their mistakes. In the process of creating hundreds of photos, they honed their skills. Meanwhile, the quality group sat around speculating about perfection. In the end, they had little to show for their efforts other than unverified theories and one mediocre photo.- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
When people asked me what came after Web 2.0, I was quick to answer “collective intelligence applications driven by data from sensors rather than from people typing on keyboards” — WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us
The secret to getting results that last is to never stop making improvements. It’s remarkable what you can build if you just don’t stop. It’s remarkable the business you can build if you don’t stop working. It’s remarkable the body you can build if you don’t stop training. It’s remarkable the knowledge you can build if you don’t stop learning. It’s remarkable the fortune you can build if you don’t stop saving. It’s remarkable the friendships you can build if you don’t stop caring. Small habits don’t add up. They compound. That’s the power of atomic habits. Tiny changes. Remarkable results.- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
The PIN code of the world today is 1 (1 Billion People in America)-1 (1 Billion People in Africa)-1(1 Billion People in Europe)-4(4 Billion People in Asia)
In year 2050 the PIN code of the World will have changed to 1–1–2–5 -Hans Rosling | Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Follow your dreams, even if your dreams are stupid. — Slack on a SNES
If we are honest with ourselves, each of us has many such moments, when we realize that the world has moved on and we are stuck in the past.- WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us
Why isn’t everyone happy all the time?
Oh God. I’m not sure. I think maybe we’ve strayed too far from our evolutionary roots. We’ve created a world where it’s hard for people to be happy. Plus, there’s a whole industry evolved to make us unhappy — it’s profitable for us to be unhappy because then we’ll go buy “solutions” for our unhappiness. — Gmail Creator and YC Partner Paul Buchheit on Joining Google, How to Become a Great Engineer and Happiness
The most important thing you can do to avoid misjudging something’s importance is to avoid lonely numbers. Never, ever leave a number all by itself. Never believe that one number on its own can be meaningful. If you are offered one number, always ask for at least one more. Something to compare it with.- Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Choose. We hear that word again. The future depends on what we choose.- WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us
It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently. — Warren Buffet
Then again, as K’s story shows, fate dictates nothing. The power to choose is the most human thing of all. — ‘Blade Runner 2049’: Let’s Talk about That Ending
When one thing becomes commoditized, something else becomes valuable. we must ask ourselves what will become valuable as today’s tasks become commoditized. — WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us
“It was you, the richest nations, that put us all in this delicate situation. You have been burning increasing amounts of coal and oil for more than a century. You and only you pushed us to the brink of climate change.” Then he suddenly changed posture, put his palms together in an Indian greeting, bowed, and almost whispered in a very kind voice, “But we forgive you, because you did not know what you were doing. We should never blame someone retrospectively for harm they were unaware of.” Then he straightened up and delivered his final remark as a judge giving his verdict, emphasizing each word slowly moving his raised index finger. “But from now on we count carbon dioxide emission per person.” — Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Too bad the public markets have given Elon such a lashing with Tesla, because I would love to buy into SpaceX.
But then, I’m not the only one;
“There is an unlimited amount of funding that the company could probably access globally in private markets,” Hilmer said, adding that he has personally met many of “a diverse group” interested in SpaceX. Everywhere I travel around the world, investors of all types — individuals, family offices, hedge funds, sovereign wealth funds or private equity — want to get into SpaceX,” Hilmer said. “It’s almost all investors I talk to.”
Of course at the same time I’m happy they aren’t public. The market couldn’t handle the time horizons that SpaceX operates under, nor the mission statement that drives them. — SpaceX just got FCC approval to launch 7,518 satellites
The best is the Enemy of the good — Voltaire
If you want to understand the future, just look at what rich people do today.- WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us
When you find a writer who really is saying something to you, read everything that writer has written and you will get more education and depth of understanding out of that than reading a scrap here and a scrap there and elsewhere. Then go to people who influenced that writer, or those who were related to him, and your world builds together in an organic way that is really marvelous. — Joseph Campbell
The obstacle in the path becomes the path. Never forget, within every obstacle is an opportunity to improve our condition. — The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
The status quo isn’t worth protecting. It’s so easy to be in reaction, on the defensive, fighting for the world we had yesterday. Fight for something better, something we haven’t seen yet, something we have to invent.- WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us
If you don’t take your own dreams seriously, who will? — Why you should quit your job and travel around the world
I understand there’s a guy inside me who wants to lay in bed, smoke week all day, and watch cartoons and old movies. My whole life is a series of stratagems to avoid, and outwit, that guy
It was language that was our greatest invention, the ability to pass fire from mind to mind. In periods where knowledge is embraced and widely shared, society advances and becomes richer. When knowledge is hoarded or disregarded, society becomes poorer.- WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us
Hope is not a strategy. Luck is not a factor. Fear is not an option. — James Cameron
Not sure what type of information you have the expertise to market? If you have the expertise to market? If you have a near-obsessive passion for a particular interest or pursuit in your own life, you are positioned to build a business around it.- The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business: Make Great Money. Work the Way You Like. Have the Life You Want.
People learn best when what they are doing is so compelling that they want to do it on their own time, not just because the job asks them to do it.- WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us
Recognize that what you learned in school about work hasn’t caught up with the new, exciting and high-paying opportunities for making a living that the digital era has brought. Choose early to educate yourself on subjects you love and then become an expert at them by practicing your passion daily.- The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business: Make Great Money. Work the Way You Like. Have the Life You Want.
Money is like gas in the car — you need to pay attention or you’ll end up on the side of the road — but a successful business or a well-lived life is not a tour of gas stations. — WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us
In a million-dollar, one-person business, you can be part of the world outside of your office every day of the week, without fearing that taking the time to do fun things after work or meet your family responsibilities will hurt you career or get you axed if the company downsizes. — The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business: Make Great Money. Work the Way You Like. Have the Life You Want.
There is an ancient Greek parable known as the Sorites Paradox, which talks about the effect one small action can have when repeated enough times. One formulation of the paradox goes as follows: Can one coin make a person rich? If you give a person a pile of then coins, you wouldn’t claim that he or she is rich. But what if you add another? And another? And another? At some point, you will have to admit that no one can be rich unless one coin can make him or her so. We can say the same about atomic habits. Can one tiny change transform you life? It’s unlikely you would say so. But what if you made another? And another? And another? At some point, you will have to admit that your life was transformed by one small change.- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
Factfulness is … recognizing when frightening things get our attention — Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Many people start businesses to gain control over their time and enjoy independence — a freedom that can slip away as an organization grows. And this is a conscious choice. “They are doing it because they prefer to, not because they have to” — WTF?: What’s the Future and Why It’s Up to Us
The founders of million-dollar, one-person businesses and partnerships are everyday people who have grown very smart about making the most of the time they spend working. — The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business: Make Great Money. Work the Way You Like. Have the Life You Want.
In contrast, even if you have 10 billion AI doctors in the world — each monitoring the health of a single human being — you can still update all of them within a split second and they can all communicate to each other their feedback on the new disease or medicine. These potential advantages of connectivity and updateability are so huge that at least in some lines of work it might make sense to replace all humans with computers, even if individually some humans still do a better job than the machines.- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Good news is not news. Good news is almost never reported. So news is almost always bad. When you see bad news, ask whether equally positive news would have reached you.- Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
The wise man listens to meaning; the fool only gets the noise. The modern Greek poet C. P. Cavafy wrote a piece in 1915 after Philo-status’ adage “For the gods perceive things in the future, ordinary people things in the present, but the wise perceive things about to happen.” Cavafy wrote:
In their intense meditation the hidden sound of things approaching reaches them and they listen reverently while in the street outside the people hear nothing at all. — Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets
“I am thinking about children every day.” Then she looked me straight in the eye. “It’s the idea of a husband I can’t stand.”- Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
When you grow up, you might not have a job- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
I suddenly felt financially insecure and feared becoming an employee of some firm that would turn me into corporate slave with “work ethics” (whenever I hear work ethics I interpret inefficient mediocrity). I needed the backing of my bank account so I could buy time to think and enjoy life. The last thing I needed was immediate philosophizing and work at the local McDonald’s- Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets
Since 2015 I have been travelling around the world talking with government officials, business people, social activists and schoolkids about the human predicament. Whenever they become impatient or bored by all the talk of artificial intelligence, Big Data algorithms and bio-engineering, I usually need to mention just one magic word to snap them back to attention: jobs. The technological revolution might soon push billions of humans out of the job market, and create a massive new useless class, leading to social and political upheavals that no existing ideology knows how to handle. — 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
At the limit, you can decide whether to be (relatively) poor, but free of your time, or rich but as dependent as a slave. It took me a while to figure out that we are not designed for schedules. The realization came when I recognized the difference between writing a paper and writing a book. Books are fun to write, papers are painful.- Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets
We’re dissatisfied with our jobs, our relationships, our place in the world. We’re trying to get somewhere, but something stands in the way. So we do nothing. We blame our bosses, the economy, our politicians, other people, or we write ourselves off as failures or our goals as impossible. When really only one thing is at fault: our attitude and approach. — The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
Factfulness is … recognizing when we get negative news, and remembering that information about bad events is much more likely to reach us. When things are getting better we often don’t hear about them. This gives us a systematically too-negative impression of the world around us, which is very stressful.- Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time — Abraham Lincoln
Don’t do to others what you don’t want them to do to you; the rest is just commentary. It took me an entire lifetime to find out what my generator is. It is: We favor the visible, the embedded, the personal, the narrated, and the tangible; we scorn the abstract. Everything good (aesthetics, ethics) and wrong (Fooled by Randomness) with us seems to flow from it. — Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets
All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone. ― Blaise Pascal
By 2050, not just the idea of ‘a job for life’, but even the idea of ‘a profession for life’ might seem antediluvian.- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Machine learning as tools to scale people
Scaling people “A million interns to look at a million pictures”
Superpower “One intern looks at a million pictures” — The End of the Beginning
To control the destiny instinct, stay open to new data and be prepared to keep freshening up you knowledge. — Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Your life is like a movie and you are the main character, so why wouldn’t you make it the greatest movie you have ever seen
Digital dictatorships are not the only danger awaiting us. Alongside liberty, the liberal order has also set great store by the value of equality. Liberalism always cherished political equality, and it gradually came to realise that economic equality is almost as important. For without a social safety net and a modicum of economic equality, liberty is meaningless. But just as Big Data algorithms might extinguish liberty, they might simultaneously create the most unequal societies that ever existed. All wealth and power might be concentrated in the hands of a tiny elite, while most people will suffer not from exploitation, but from something far worse — irrelevance.- 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
It’s both. It’s both bad and better. Better, and bad, at the same time. That is how we must think about the current state of the world.- Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Those who own the data own the future — 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
Life can be improved by adding, or by subtracting. The world pushes you to add, because that benefits them. But the secret is to focus on subtracting. — Derek Sivers
Remember slow change is still change. — Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
But if you love what you do, it (mostly) doesn’t feel like work
There are way easier places to work, but nobody ever changed the world on 40 hours a week — Elon Musk
Look at any behavior that fills up much of your life and you’ll see that it can be performed with very low levels of motivation. Habits like scrolling on our phones, checking email, and watching television steal so much of our time because they can be performed almost without effort.- Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
Men are born soft and supple; dead, they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life. The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail. — Lao Tzu
Can you hear a child practicing the guitar or the piano? That child has not drowned, and is instead experiencing the joy and freedom of making music. The goal of higher income is not just bigger piles of money. The goal of longer lives is not just extra time. The ultimate goal is to have the freedom to do what we want.- Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
Actually they’ve been told three lies: the stuff they’ve been taught to regard as work in school is not real work; grownup work is not (necessarily) worse than schoolwork; and many of the adults around them are lying when they say they like what they do. The test of whether people love what they do is whether they’d do it even if they weren’t paid for it — even if they had to work at another job to make a living. How many corporate lawyers would do their current work if they had to do it for free, in their spare time, and take day jobs as waiters to support themselves? It’s hard to find work you love; it must be, if so few do. So don’t underestimate this task. And don’t feel bad if you haven’t succeeded yet. In fact, if you admit to yourself that you’re discontented, you’re a step ahead of most people, who are still in denial. If you’re surrounded by colleagues who claim to enjoy work that you find contemptible, odds are they’re lying to themselves. Not necessarily, but probably. Whichever route you take, expect a struggle. Finding work you love is very difficult. Most people fail. Even if you succeed, it’s rare to be free to work on what you want till your thirties or forties. But if you have the destination in sight you’ll be more likely to arrive at it. If you know you can love work, you’re in the home stretch, and if you know what work you love, you’re practically there. — Paul Graham | How to Do What You Love
It’s strange where people end up drawing their lines and how well behaved they feel if they stay inside their boxes.- Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
In later years, as I found myself building and managing software teams, I’ve realized that there were probably a dozen programmers on that ancient project who knew why the system was so slow and how to fix it. They knew, but they kept it to themselves because in that organization, there were some things that were more important than making the system better. In the future, stay the Hell out of other people’s code. assumes there will be a future. But the best way to have a future is to be part of a team that values progress over politics, ideas over territory and initiative over decorum.
This obstacle — this frustrating, unfortunate, problematic, unexpected problem preventing you from doing what you want to do. That thing you dread or secretly hope will never happen. What if it wasn’t so bad? What if embedded inside it or inherent in it were certain benefits — benefits only for you? What would you do? What do you think most people would do? Probably what they’ve always done, and what you are doing right now: nothing. — The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
Factfulness is … recognizing when a story talks about a gap, control the gap instinct, look for the majority. Beware comparisons of averages. If you could check the spreads you would probably find they overlap. There is probably no gap at all. Beware comparisons of extremes. In all groups, of countries or people, there are some at the top and some at the bottom. The difference is sometimes extremely unfair. But even then the majority is usually somewhere in between, right where the gap is supposed to be. The view from up here. — Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World — and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
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