Wednesday, August 14, 2019

 In a nutshell, this book encourages the reader to treat him/herself as a start-up. More specifically to treat his/her career as a start-up.

If you're convinced that being proactive, creative, and nimble in your approach to your career, you're most of the way there. After that it's a series of common sense ideas to help you along the way. A big portion of it is how to (and why you should) grow your networking and outreach to others.

1./ The faster way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.

2./ The "Interesting People Fund" concept. Set aside a bit of money for going out for coffee, lunch, or flying to Boston for a meeting with interesting people. It's an investment in yourself.

3./ "The best way to make sure that lucky things happen is to make sure a lot of things happen."

4./ (Talking about negativity bias) "To keep our ancestors alive, Mother Nature evolved a brain that routinely tricked them into making three mistakes: overestimating threats, underestimating opportunities, and underestimating resources (for dealing with threats and fulfilling opportunities). The result is that we are programmed to overestimate the risk in any given situation." (Even when there is not much risk) (side note: I highly recommend the book Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnemann. Excellent book to think about thinking.

5./ In any given situation, just ask yourself "is the worst-case scenario of this decision tolerable or intolerable? " (Change is good, and usually tolerable!)

6./ "You'll never be fully certain. Don't conflate uncertainty with risk." They suggest this task: reflect for a few minutes on risk in your life. Rank the projects you're involved in by risk, from most to least risky. Then think about the downside and upside possibilities. Where there is uncertainty are you mistakenly ascribing risk?

7./ "Permanent beta." Best phrase of the book. My goal is forever to be a work in progress, and to always be starting.

  • To always be starting
  • To forever be a work in progress

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