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It is easy to think that he got lucky, she had it easy, because we have heard countless success stories that this person was smart and insightful, and seized the right opportunity to create this company or to become famous.

People think Mark Zuckerberg was lucky to have created Facebook at the right time where social media was still in its infancy stage, that he was lucky he met students at Harvard (Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, as well as Divya Narendra) who chose to associate him with their idea of ​​creating a social network for students. That is a lie…

A cheatsheet on learning to decide from the experts.

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“Saying no saves you time in the future.
Saying yes costs you time in the future.
No is like a time credit. You can spend that block of time in the future.
Yes is like a time debt. You have to repay that commitment at some point.
No is a decision. Yes is a responsibility.” — James Clear

Be aware of and consider all biases, fallacies and illusions before making a decision, read The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli.

Listen to the experts, followed by the facts, and consider…

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Excerpts from The Art of Thinking Clearly:

  • Sunk cost fallacy: Don’t continue with a bad mistake or lost cause because you have already suffered many losses.
  • Confirmation bias: Don’t interpret new information so that it becomes compatible with your existing theories, beliefs, and convictions. Don’t filter out any new information that contradicts your existing view.
  • Absolute bias: Don’t ignore the fact that you judge something to be beautiful/expensive/large if you have something ugly/cheap/small in front of you.
  • Hindsight bias: Don’t believe you are a better predictor than you actually are, it causes you to be arrogant about your knowledge and…

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Practices that allow effective trust-building in teams often distinguish high-performing teams from their less successful contemporaries.

There are two forms of trust:

  1. Competence-based Trust — Trust that allows people to respect your opinion and insights, and want to learn from you.
  2. Benevolence-based Trust — Trust that is foundational to innovation and effective collaboration.

Without competence-based trusttrust that you are able to do what you say you can do — people do not value the feedback and insights that they receive from you and so they do not bother to share their ideas.

Without benevolence-based trusttrust that…

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When you think you want something, either:

  1. Stop lying to yourself that you really want it. Ask yourself: do you only want it in theory or also in practice?
  2. Just shut up and start doing it, and see if it’s really true that you do want it. Maybe it’s not really true. Daydreaming (in theory) is nice.

A good goal is something that drives you to take action in the present moment.

If you are scared of something, pay attention to that.

Fears are a temporary glimpse at reality. It can be helpful if you address it. Mitigate the downsides…

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We try time and again to pick ourselves up, rebuild our habits, improve old ones — only to find that we lose track once we’ve achieved our goals.

Runners work hard for months, but as soon as they cross the finish line, they stop training. When all of your hard work is focused on a certain goal, what is left to push you forward after you achieve it?

The purpose of setting goals is to win the game.

The purpose of building systems is to continue playing the game.

If you completely ignored your goals and focused only on your…

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Let’s face it, in this digital age, our influences affect who we are and what we are becoming. To manage them, we first have to identify them.

There are mainly three types of influences that affect us:

1. Input (What you feed your mind)

Your brain is programmed to seek out the negative — dwindling resources, destructive weather, whatever’s out to hurt you. (This is why Television and News is so appealing.)

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Work — an idea that is so familiar, but at best still abstract to all of us. It is a place we spend most of our lives in, something that provides, how we define ourselves, an output to be achieved. But to ask ourselves, “What is work, really?”, not merely as a philosophical question, could create an incredible potential of value.

What did work use to be in the past? What is work now? What will the future of work be? Exploring these questions would help us to be better prepared for the evolution of work.

1. What did work used to be?

In the preindustrial economy…

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The new year often calls for a period of self-reflection and re-evaluation of our life purposes and goals. Not to be cliché, but the unexamined life is seriously not worth living. I don’t think resolutions ought to be a yearly affair, in fact, I guess the more often we re-evaluate our strategies and goals, the better we get at it. Of course, we’ve got to give our strategies a chance for experimentation.

I learned a lot from 2018. I would say it was a year where my personal development took an accelerated path, not really by choice, but by the…

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Reading Mark Manson’s “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck” has changed my life, mainly because it reinforced the perspectives and values I have cultivated in my life. One of the many important ideas that have shaped my thinking and something I’ve learnt to better express after reading it was the idea that this world is full of entitled little brats. I strongly feel it in every bone of my body that everybody on this planet needs to read the following excerpt and probably the whole book to make the world a better place.

Most people want to have…

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