GSD: Make no excuses. Make solutions.>
Major Revelation: Business is so much more accessible than you think. It just takes an entrepreneurial spirit to get started. Once you’re in, you’re in.
I had previously thought of business as a barrier — a construct 20 times taller than I. Really, it’s a gap to be filled; the complete opposite.
Inspired by learning about startups.>
Having it all: Over-commitment to many is non-commitment to your one.
Inspired by Mike Tan.>
The life that I’m comfortable in - being constrained within a slightly open environment, and given specific singular tasks in which I can excel - is the life that I don’t want.>
The Child Principle: I’m always told to ask a question if I am confused, because confusion is more detrimental than asking a stupid question.
I think this isn’t the point of asking a question. Asking a question isn’t about correcting what you are thinking. It’s about the opposite. I’d much rather ask a question and be rendered even more confused.
The success comes in taking advantage of additional resources and filling the knowledge gap for yourself.>
Somebody you hire, and then teach everything about your company, so that they can sell that to your competitors.
Managing: Planning, Sequence, Allocation.>
The Action of Thinking: If you want “new”, never stop thinking “new”. Creating something revolutionary will be natural, and not something you have to slave away at.>
Learning takes addiction.>
Dangerous Habit: If somebody comes to me with a new opportunity, my mind “lapses” into finding ways that I will not be able to seize them. This is a dangerous mentality. A proactive, productive leader says “OK - I will do my best to make it work before deciding that I cannot.”
Inspired by what just happened right now.>
Pursuit of Knowledge: being a great thinker is about absorbing all that you can, and filtering each piece of information to its essential themes and meanings; the barest minimum. This is the invisible step.
The visible step is constructing great thoughts from those bare essentials.
A great thinker has constructed from the depths of his mind. A non-existant thinker has repeated a chunk of information from the forefront.
Inspired by Plato’s “The Republic”.>
Life Success: We’re born to be social things. Aristotle even proposed that creating a great social network is the meaning of life. Being alone for even a few days — where nobody is quickly and easily accessible — makes me realize how true this is.
At lack of a social network, I’m tempted to just reach out and find the first available. But my mind says: “you’re here because, deep down, you know that you want to do something great, and you want to change the world.”
My greatest successes have come from waiting patiently while developing a network of people that will help you achieve that goal. It’ll suck, being alone, but it’s a long-term investment. Holding out for the social network you want will pay oodles more in the long run.>
Personal Development: In any situation, I have a natural drive to exceed expectations. However, that is only transactional leadership.
I want to be transformational — in other words, I want to not be first placed in a situation to exceed. I want to create my own opportunities to lead.
Inspired by a recent speaking engagement.>
How to Save the World: I love learning, but there’s an extent to which everyone can absorb information. However, if you can find the beauty in learning as much as you can — in other words, each bit of learning gives you satisfaction — then I think you can save the world.>
Who I Want to Be: I want to enter a situation, lead, and help the group achieve a goal at a high standard, without much background experience.
In other words, I want to be an adaptable leader.
Inspired by laying awake in my bed.>