Sherlock Holmes on The Importance of a Blank Mind

[…] “Shall I go for the police?” We must define the situation a little more clearly. It may bear some more innocent interpretation. (Holmes; The Red Circle) We approached the case…with an absolutely blank mind,…

Ed Catmull on the Importance of a Team

[…] The takeaway here is worth repeating: Getting the team right is the necessary precursor to getting the ideas right. It is easy to say you want talented people, and you do, but the way…

Naval Ravikant on Happiness

[…] (Happiness) is what’s there when you remove the sense that something is missing in your life. We are highly judgmental, survival, and replication machines. We are constantly walking around thinking I need this, I…

Ray Dalio on Nature and Decision-making

[…] By recognizing the higher-level consequences nature optimizes for, I’ve come to see that people who overweigh the first-order consequences of their decisions and ignore the effects of second- and subsequent-order consequences rarely reach their…

Naval Ravikant on How to Create a Habit

[…] “I don’t have time.”… “I don’t have time” is just another way of saying that something is not a priority. What you really have to do is say if something is a priority or…

Richard Rumelt on the Source of Bad Strategy

[…] A strategy is a way through a difficulty, an approach to overcoming an obstacle, a response to a challenge. If the challenge is not defined, it is difficult or impossible to assess the quality…

Peter Thiel on Whom you Should Work With

[…] Why work with a group of people who don’t even like each other? Many seem to think it’s a sacrifice necessary for making money. But taking a merely professional view of the workplace, in…

Lee Iacocca on How to Succeed

[…] The ability to concentrate and use your time well is everything if you want to succeed in business… If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what is…