Book Summary - The Ride of a Lifetime – Amorphous Pages - Deepstash

You need to reflect on your legacy. Who do you want to be remembered as? What is a defining feature of your identity?

There will be instances when you will be hoping that something will work, without being able to convincingly explain to yourself how it will work. That is when a little bell should go off. Ask yourself: What’s the problem I need to solve? Does this solution make sense? If I’m feeling some doubt, why? Am I doing this for sound reasons, or am I motivated by something personal?

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  1. Excellence and fairness don’t have to be mutually exclusive. 
  2. A little respect goes a long way. The absence of it is very costly. 
  3. Connect and exchange words with everyone at the table. It is a small gesture, but it is important to make people feel seen.

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You have to convey your priorities clearly, and repeatedly. That is what separates great managers from the rest. If leaders don’t articulate their priorities clearly, then people around them don’t know what their priorities should be.

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Good leadership isn’t about being indispensable. It’s about helping others be prepared to possibly step into your shoes, giving them access to your own decision making, identifying the skills they need to develop and helping them improve, and being honest with them about why they’re not ready for the next step.

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  1. If the big picture is a mess, the small details don’t matter anyway, and you shouldn’t spend time focusing on them. You need to have a clear understanding of the big picture.
  2. Do the job you have well. Be patient. Look for opportunities to pitch in and expand and grow. Make yourself one of the people, through attitude, energy, and focus, that your bosses feel they have to turn to when an opportunity arises.

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If you want innovation, you need to give permission to fail.

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  1. Success is also dependent on luck.
  2. Don’t let your ego get in the way of making the best possible decision.
  3. Anything that reminds you that you’re not the center of the universe is a good thing.
  4. Hold onto your awareness of yourself, even if the world tells you how important and powerful you are.

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