Biases Holding You Back From Rational Thinking

The Mission Newsletter, 11/16/18

Nov 16, 2018 · 3 min read

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” -C. S. Lewis


6 Biases Holding You Back From Rational Thinking -

“Emotions are continually affecting our thought processes and decisions, below the level of our awareness. And the most common emotion of them all is the desire for pleasure and the avoidance of pain. Our thoughts almost inevitably revolve around this desire; we simply recoil from entertaining ideas that are unpleasant or painful to us. We imagine we are looking for the truth, or being realistic, when in fact we are holding on to ideas that bring a release from tension and soothe our egos, make us feel superior. This pleasure principle in thinking is the source of all of our mental biases…”

The Hidden Dangers of Confusing Attention with Accomplishment -

3 Tips for Hiring Top Engineers (according to a Google engineer)

“As an engineer and an early stage investor I find the technical interview process fascinating, especially at startups. I see a lot of startups copying the interview process of large organizations which makes little sense because I believe startups are inherently looking for different engineers than Google. Normally startups are searching for engineers with a strong product sense who understand business and above all — deliver. Startups want engineers who execute at a high level, are hungry, and passionate about the problem space. To hire quality entrepreneurial engineers for your startup, I suggest dropping the standard interview process and giving these 3 tactics a shot.”

Return to Flight

The Story, S4, Episode 2

“If humanity will become a spacefaring species, if we’re going to future-proof our civilizations here on earth, we all need to dream bigger.

We have a duty to do so… for ourselves… our families… and for future generations not yet born.”

Listen on Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.

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- #VeteranSpotlight: Nancy Preston, founder and CEO of Milk Money Kitchen, shared her journey as a veteran entrepreneur. The biggest takeaway? It’s all about the people. Watch the video.

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