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You're not Going to be the next Steve Jobs, Oprah, or Beyonce

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You're not Going to be the next Steve Jobs, Oprah, or Beyonce
A few years ago, a college student posted the following question on Quora. How can I become great like Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, or Elon Musk? One of the people who answered the question was Justine Musk. She's one of the few people that has had an inside look into what it's like to be Elon Musk.

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The next Oprah

The next Oprah

While everyone would want to be the next Oprah, the place is already taken.

The right approach is being yourself, or a better, refined version of yourself, to the 'smallest viable audience', and then see the organic growth.

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Outliers

Outliers

Outliers are extreme examples of people who are on the outer edge of success or have a radically different life, glorified by the media.

Following Outliers leads normal people to make decisions based on false hope and highly unlikely possibilities.



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Unique Circumstances

Unique Circumstances

We need safe, nurturing environments to be our best, to blossom into what we truly are destined for, no matter how big or small, in our unique way.

We are provided with unnecessary pain and suffering by the constant comparison with people who are born radically different from us and are having different circumstances. 

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The Age of Perfectionism

The Age of Perfectionism

Social media has made people far away from us more accessible, so we are now comparing ourselves and being envious not just in our close circle, but globally.

There will always be people whose lives will seem more interesting and glamorous than ours. Those snippets they post on social media are just the main highlight reels, curated for maximum effect. Their entire lives may be worse than yours.

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The Rigged Game

The Rigged Game

The comparison game with metrics such as the number of likes, downloads, followers, your bank balance, gross sales, web traffic is rigged. There will always be someone ahead of you.

You need to create and contribute out of the spotlight, even if your audience is just one person.

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Comparison thinking: comes up with solutions based on pre-existing ideas. It is the way we normally think but it also limits the solutions to possible permutations of what already exists.

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First principle vs. analog thinking

  • First principles thinking: actively questioning every assumption you think you know about a given problem or scenario  and then creating new knowledge and solutions from scratch. 
  • Reasoning by analogy: building knowledge and solving problems based on prior assumptions, beliefs and widely held ‘best practices’ approved by majority of people.

Elon Musk's 3 steps Principle Thinking

  1. Identify and define your current assumptions;
  2. Breakdown the problem into its fundamental principles;
  3. Create new solutions from scratch.

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  1. Identify the problem you want to solve.
  2. List all the reasons you can't solve this problem.
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  4. Ask yourself: "If I could create a solution based on my desires, what would that solution be?"

Achieving Groundbreaking Innovation through First Principle Thinking

It may seem that practicing First Principle Thinking requires more mental energy and intellectual rigor, but it simply requires a different type of thinking and intellectual rigor. 

By definition, true innovation only occurs if we start with the First Principle. To make the leap from the impossible to the possible, we can't just iterate on what already exists.