I am writing this as a reminder for myself, but also to the millions of people, in 2017, who think that "it would be cool to start a company one day." I think it is a fad to start a company and become an "entrepreneur," whatever that means.
I am consistently fascinated by how we spend our time, and the consequences of our choices. I wrote the other day about an investor like framework for "investing your time" that discussed a mindset for approaching time allocation. Today, however, I'll provide a way to think about your day that gives you more time to do what you want.
Whether or not technical founders like to admit it, sales is at the core of most businesses. You can go out and build the cleanest, most beautiful product in the world, but if you cannot sell it, no one will ever use/buy it. Young companies, in particular, spend a lot of their time selling.
"Tell me about yourself." In the numerous interviews I have done over the past 6 months, most, if not all, started with this statement: "Tell me about yourself." The question really says: "tell me about your past experiences, what you learned, etc."
I have always found "advice" to be an interesting subject.
In theory, advice can be super powerful. When directed and explained well, it has the power to "change lives." Bad advice, in contrast, can steer people in the wrong direction. It can cost people thousands of dollars, and more importantly, years of their life.
As humans, we are generally pretty bad at expectation management. We tend to overestimate length of time required to accomplish something, but underestimate the potential impact of said thing.
I started daily blogging nearly 400 days ago. My objective, early on, was naively simple: hit publish every single day.
I have never been a particularly great writer. I have never authored a best selling novel or even published an academic paper. I am honestly more of a math person to begin with, as I am studying Finance and Computer Science at school.
Deterministic models imply outcomes are precisely determined through known relationships among states and events.
In math, that means you can attribute the output of the model fully to the parameter values and initial conditions. In life, it means that the choices you make have consequences. And, for better or worse, those consequences drive you.
Today marks day 365. An entire year of daily blogging. I have grown an incredible amount as a result. A friend asked me if I’d learned anything that’d be valuable to share. I have never been a big fan of making lists like these as they often end up in a pool of saturation — but I thought I’d do my best to provide some actionable, transparent thoughts. If i had more time, I would’ve made this shorter, but here goes everything: