Business

The Vision Grid

Excerpt from The Vision Driven Leader by Michael Hyatt In Quadrant 1 (abstract, implicit), the leader has a vague idea of what he wants the future to look like. It’s more of a hunch, maybe wishful thinking. Since the...

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Career map vs unmapped career

(Excerpt from Monday Musings 6 Dec 2021 by David Perell) Every industry has a map. Not a literal map, but a cognitive one filled with different skills needed to make money and produce products. Because of this, building...

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Where would this company be without this individual?

(Excerpt from Monday Musings 6 Dec 2021 by David Perell) …what if pay is determined by asking: “Where would this company be without this individual?” The higher the number, the higher the pay should be — no...

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What’s not going to change in the next 10 years

I very frequently get the question: ‘What’s going to change in the next 10 years?’ And that is a very interesting question; it’s a very common one. I almost never get the question:...

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What’s your hotdog

(Excerpt from Rework by Jason Fried) The way to find the epicenter is to ask yourself this question: “If I took this away, would what I’m selling still exist?” A hot dog stand isn’t a hot dog stand without the...

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Learn from success, not failure

(Excerpt from Rework by Jason Fried) Another common misconception: You need to learn from your mistakes. What do you really learn from mistakes? You might learn what not to do again, but how valuable is that? You still...

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Every successful person is a salesperson

(Excerpt from Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger) It always blew my mind that some of the greatest artists, from Michelangelo to van Gogh, never sold much because they didn’t know how. They had to rely on some...

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Adapt and stay alive long enough to get lucky

(Excerpt from A Short History of Money Market Funds by Ben Carlson) Vanguard’s first index fund hit the market in the summer of 1976. It was a complete bust, raising just over $11 million in capital from investors....

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The career, business or investment with the best ROI is often dismissed and not well documented

(Excerpt from The Interesting Times 23 Apr 2021 by Taylor Pearson) If you stumble on what looks like a great opportunity that the market is ignoring, 99 times out of 100, the market as a whole knows something you...

Adaptability, Availability Bias, Investing, Learning, Stereotype, Strategy Read More

Visionary leadership vs operational leadership

(Excerpt from The Vision Thing by Fred Wilson) … leadership comes in two flavors, visionary leadership and operational leadership. Founders are almost always visionaries (if they aren’t, run in the opposite...

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