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

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

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

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Key Ideas

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.

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.



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. 

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.

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.

First principles thinking: starts free of preconceptions by studying the fundamentals of something and then working your way to a new thing. This helps you understand complex problems.

Steve Jobs did not fit the norm

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Apple’s approach to innovation

It puts people at the center. But it is definitely not user-driven: it does not listen to users, but makes proposals to them. Customers do not buy Apple's products because of utility or functionality.

Apple products are more meaningful to users. The products have great design - and identity. 

Managing by meaning

Is recognizing that people are human: they have rational, cultural, and emotional dimensions, and they appreciate the person who creates a meaning for them to embrace. For Jobs, design was not only beauty, but creating new meanings for users.

He also offered meaning to his employees - they worked hard on visionary projects, striving to meet targets and to satisfy their leader's maniacal attention to detail, because he infused them with a sense of mission: Apple had to leave a mark in the world of computing, improve people's lives, be bold and, of course, "think different."

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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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Prevent Tiredness

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Respecting your body's sleep cycle

It is imperative to sleep 7 to 9 hours for most adults.

An alarm clock or phone alarm can interfere with the body's sleep cycle to wake us up before a cycle is completed. It is healthier to sleep while not being simulated and wake up naturally.

Don't be a Couch Potato

Apart from rest, it is crucial to have a daily exercise routine and get some sun exposure regularly.

Human beings are designed to move and be in the sun, trekking and toiling for hours. If you are feeling tired, walking outside in nature and getting some sun will help.

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The modern polymath

... is someone who becomes competent in at least 3 diverse domains and integrates them into a top 1-percent skill set.

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"Study the science of art. Study the art of science. Develop your senses — especially learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else."

Famous polymaths

Polymaths have existed forever (they are often the ones who’ve advanced Western civilization more than any others )  but they’ve been called different things throughout history:

Philosopher king: Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, Archimedes.

Renaissance person: Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei.

Gentleman scholar: Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams.

Polymath: Marie Curie, Isaac Newton, Theodore Roosevelt.

Modern polymath: Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg.

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First-principles thinking

Breaking down complicated problems into basic elements and then reassemble them from the ground up.

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A first principle

...is a foundational proposition or assumption that stands alone. We cannot deduce first principles from any other proposition or assumption.

Reasoning by first principles removes the impurity of assumptions and conventions. What remains is the essentials. 

Cutting through the dogma

If we never learn to take something apart, test the assumptions, and reconstruct it, we end up trapped in what other people tell us.

We remain trapped in the way things have always been done. When the environment changes, we just continue as if things were the same.

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Tesla’s innovation strategy

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Innovation Capital

There are four factors how innovators build up their innovation capital: Who you are, who you know, what you have done, your ability to draw attention to your ideas. Most notably, innovation capital is something accumulated over time through thoughtful action.

The Cybertruck is then about getting attention and proving that Tesla is one of the world's most innovative companies, specifically for the purpose of building Tesla's ability to win support from stakeholders.

Winning the resources

Elon Musk is a master of building and using innovation capital to win support for his ideas. To gain support:

  • He leverages his past success at PayPal and Space X
  • He uses "impression amplifiers". He does more than talk about the new idea. He puts it into physical form to convince skeptics.
  • He broadcasts the idea through big media launches to generate a buzz.
  • He compares or draws a comparison between his innovation and some other successful one to create an impression of technical superiority.

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Getting Started Isn't Enough
A lot of experts and writers in the personal development space say that the most important thing is to get started. But actually, the most important thing is to keep going.

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Focus On The Day

Much of our anxiety comes from uncertainty about the future. We never really know what will happen tomorrow or in a year from now.

The best thing you can do is to focus on your very next step, right now. Do something with your day. Forget about the rest.

Set Goals You Control

When you set goals you don’t have control over, you will think it’s impossible. That’s why you want to focus on the things you control. 

Your business is to improve yourself, make the best of your day, be a good person, and do what’s in your best interest. 

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The 5-Hour Rule
The 5-Hour Rule

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The Simple Math 

It takes about 6,400 hours of class time and studying to get a 4-year degree. Assume that it takes you only 5,000 hours to master your field.

While you are happy that you've prepared for your profession, the knowledge you've learned is fast becoming outdated. We can safely assume that in 10 years, 50% of the facts in the field would be outdated. This means that for you, just to keep up in your current field, you'd need to learn 5 hours per week, 50 weeks a year.

Trends To Consider

When we consider the future of work, there are two trends we should keep a note of. They are:

  1. Half-life of knowledge
  2. Law of increasing learning

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