Forget Passion, Focus On Surfing
Why it’s always better to work in a growing area early in your career:
- Learning: When a team is growing, there is a lot to do. This creates a steep & accelerated learning curve.
- Creativity: You don't need to inherit processes that are set in stone. You can shape the future of your role
- Exit opportunities: Gain access to a bigger option pool (skills, profile, and wealth)
- Growing Teammates: People who join rocketships are hungry people who want to grow. You can learn a lot from them, and vice versa, and you might find your next co-founder or investor.
Note that early areas always come with high risk. Make sure you're able to stomach that risk. It's not for everyone. It's funny how in business school they often teach us to go for the safe bets, when in actual fact, going surfing gives us the biggest upsides and learning opportunities.
100 Tips For A Better Life
Practical tips that will improve your life. My picks
- Reward yourself after completing challenges, even badly.
- Cultivate a reputation for being dependable. Good reputations are valuable because they’re rare (easily destroyed and hard to rebuild).
- Bad things happen dramatically (a pandemic). Good things happen gradually (malaria deaths dropping annually) and don’t feel like ‘news’. Endeavour to keep track of the good things to avoid an inaccurate and dismal view of the world.
The Coolest Things I Learned in 2020
David Perell shares a intriguing collection of things that he learned last year. Here's my favorite on how great conversations end:
"Words: You explore so many new ideas that you no longer have the language to say what you want to say.
Metaphysics: You debate your values and base-level assumptions because they determine your conclusions.
Humor: Your cheeks are sore, your eyes are watering, and your stomach hurts from laughing so hard.
Creativity: You leave the conversation excited about a new idea and inspired to start working on it."
OpenAI created DALL-E, a neural network that creates images from text captions. This opens up a new world of creativity. It's mind-blowing. Check out the images below.