This is going to be a really short essay on a personal gripe I discovered while traveling across Southeast Asia. It is definitely petty, and a reminder of the privileges I have. I will just go out and say it: I am not built for humidity. I am not sure if anyone is, really, but, having grown up in Arizona, I figured I could withstand heat. I figured I was able to suffer.
I find the Chief of Staff role to be very interesting for people who want to accelerate their careers. Effectively, a chief of staff for forward looking founders give young people intimate access into the company’s hardest and most valuable mindset of problems.
Surely this idea is influenced by a number of things I have read and listened to, but bare with me for a second as I describe to you what I am calling the “wedge model.” It is an approach I am currently experimenting with in thinking about how I (and friends) go about building the next serious business.
If you are reading this blog, there is a good chance you know that I write these daily essays every day. I publish as a form of mental exercise, to stimulate my brain, and improve my thinking. I think typing – writing out my thoughts – has proven to be an invaluable experience.
One thing I am noticing about myself is that I have – at least I have had – this natural desire to be understood by others. More refined, I want to display the complete and full version of myself to the world. I do not want people to judge half of me. I want people to understand me – my incentives, my choices, my work, my actions, etc.
I make choices based on how I view the world. I invest resources available at my disposal because I believe the world should be a certain way. My world view changes over time, but I make decisions today solely based off of the information I have with me, in the moment, at a certain period of time.
But what I really care about is the truth.
This essay is another reminder to myself. It is a reminder to stay focused on the highest leverage levers I can find.
One of my core theories around “what will happen in the future,” certainly adapted from a number of different sources, is that, in the next 5-15 years, we will see a fundamental change in how “experts” view their business. Let me explain.
A note to myself. Mirror who you want to be. More