tag:gonen.blog,2013:/posts Think For Yourself 2017-10-18T12:35:41Z tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1198973 2017-10-18T12:35:40Z 2017-10-18T12:35:41Z Personal Stories

I used to keep an Evernote journal where I would write down a brief, bulleted summary of my day. The musings would include everything from depressing anecdotes to day to day highlights. I did this for about a year (Freshman to Sophomore) year of college. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1198243 2017-10-17T11:30:44Z 2017-10-17T11:30:44Z Just trying our best

Lately, I have been working really hard on lots of different things. My days have been all over the place. I have been traveling. Writing. Working on projects. Schoolwork. Talking to companies. Meeting new people.

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1198510 2017-10-16T10:33:28Z 2017-10-16T10:33:28Z 600 Days

When I started my daily blogging journey on February 24, 2016, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I honestly had no good reason for starting. It was an internal pull more than anything. Instinct. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1198247 2017-10-15T13:15:11Z 2017-10-15T13:15:20Z Memories

I have always been someone who prefers to go do something than to sit around. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1198245 2017-10-14T13:16:12Z 2017-10-14T13:16:12Z Making Logical Arguments

We often let our ego interfere with our ability to make clear decisions. We want things to turn out a certain way. We have a prediction for how some part of the world *should* look, so we conduct an experiment to falsely validate our claims.

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1197819 2017-10-13T11:22:03Z 2017-10-13T11:22:03Z Responding

This essay is about a very small but subtle detail that makes a difference to people - and that is the notion of responding. When people reach out, I always want to respond. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1197707 2017-10-12T12:55:19Z 2017-10-12T12:55:19Z Pouring Gasoline

I think of financial resources as gasoline. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1197286 2017-10-11T12:28:45Z 2017-10-11T12:28:45Z Why Care

The question I keep on finding myself asking is "Why do I even care?" "Is this worth worrying about?" "Should I be spending my time on this?"

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1197042 2017-10-10T13:03:51Z 2017-10-10T13:03:51Z Drowned in Details

I have always been a proponent of mastering the little things. I think that little nuances and complexities can differentiate success from failure. I have seen, first hand, that doing the little things, over a really long period of time, compound into really big things and that this process ultimately can get you to where you want to be.

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1196685 2017-10-09T12:53:59Z 2017-10-09T12:53:59Z Feelings Hurt

I think we all say that we do well with harsh, direct feedback - but the reality is not the case. For a while, I took everything literally and personally. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1196670 2017-10-08T13:14:02Z 2017-10-08T13:14:03Z Half Baked Ideas

The biggest criticism I have gotten from readers over the past nearly 600 days of publishing every single day is that many of the ideas and things I write about are not extremely well thought out. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1196260 2017-10-07T13:09:42Z 2017-10-07T13:09:42Z Messy Drawers

We all have messy drawers in our life. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1196209 2017-10-06T13:51:37Z 2017-10-06T13:51:37Z Learning to Add Value

I am realizing more and more that a big part of a "career" is figuring out how you can be valuable to other people - so valuable in fact, that other people (and companies) will actually pay you money for your time. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1196141 2017-10-05T12:38:38Z 2017-10-05T12:38:38Z Deadlines

I wrote the other day about the importance, to me, of patience. Today, I am writing about urgency. Well, not exactly urgency as a whole (as I have written about that before), but rather tools or mechanisms we use in our own lives to instill urgency with what we do.

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1195639 2017-10-04T13:03:25Z 2017-10-04T13:03:25Z Patience

If you were to ask my friends, I'd surely not be known as the most patient of the bunch. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1195424 2017-10-03T13:35:36Z 2017-10-03T13:35:36Z Staying Curious

That feeling you get when you discover something new has always inspired me. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1186688 2017-10-02T13:12:45Z 2017-10-02T13:12:46Z Let Builders Build

As I was interning this summer at Uber, I learned a lot about the importance of cultural values and how they shape your company. If you have read the news at all lately, you'd know it is an important time for Uber. They have to make lots of really big decisions - ones that will likely determine the long term impact and success of the company. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1195122 2017-10-01T15:21:18Z 2017-10-01T15:21:18Z Reminder of the Present

Last year, on Yom Kippur (a day of fasting and atonement), I published this blog post

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1194964 2017-09-30T15:00:02Z 2017-09-30T15:00:02Z I'm Sorry

Today is Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, and a really important day to me. It is the day of atonement, a day where we stop with everything else going on in the world, and internalize our year.

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1194763 2017-09-29T16:29:02Z 2017-09-29T16:29:02Z Having Conviction

Is it better to have conviction and be wrong or have no conviction? 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1193785 2017-09-28T13:03:00Z 2017-09-28T13:03:00Z Micro vs Macro Thinking

Lately, I have spent a bit of time thinking about "what to work on next" and have come to a bit of a crossroads. Perhaps there is more intersectionality and overlap than I will give credit in this essay, but nonetheless, here is the challenge.

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1193873 2017-09-27T12:56:27Z 2017-09-27T12:56:27Z Paying with cash

For the first 18 years of my life, I always used to pay in cash. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1193796 2017-09-26T13:12:04Z 2017-09-26T13:12:04Z Peer Mentorship

While I think mentorship is important, I'd say that there are a surplus of "unqualified" willing to mentor people and a shortage of "overly qualified," yet not easily available, people. I think plenty of people are willing to give out advice. The internet is full of it! And though you can learn something from anyone - a lot of that advice comes in recipe form, while the reality is that it is not prescriptive.

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1193545 2017-09-25T12:46:12Z 2017-09-25T12:46:12Z No Clear Ending

One interesting aspect of my "daily writing journey," which started back on February 24, 2016, is that there is no clear "end date" that I have in mind. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1193462 2017-09-24T13:06:14Z 2017-09-24T13:06:14Z Here to Create

Artists fascinate me - Not necessarily what they do but rather *how* they go about doing it. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1193260 2017-09-23T13:51:33Z 2017-09-23T13:51:33Z I call them projects

Over the past year, I have launched a bunch of different things - from a blog post every single day to nearly a dozen web apps. You can see my full list of "projects" on my website

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1192600 2017-09-22T13:48:29Z 2017-09-22T13:48:29Z When to give up

When are you supposed to give up? 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1192608 2017-09-21T13:37:47Z 2017-09-21T13:37:47Z Doing Because I Want To

I have been paying closer and closer attention to how I spend time throughout the day. I use RescueTime, a simple desktop Time Tracker, to see the breakdown of sites I visit - from "productive" to "entertainment." 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1192310 2017-09-20T12:29:25Z 2017-09-20T12:29:25Z The Status Quo

Comparing to the "status quo" is a recipe for disaster. I often use this heuristic to make decisions, but I know that it is fundamentally flawed. 

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tag:gonen.blog,2013:Post/1192161 2017-09-19T12:41:58Z 2017-09-19T12:41:58Z Hand Holding

As you grow up, you find that less and less people are going to sacrifice their time holding your hand. And as you enter the high speed "professional world," you will be reminded, time and time again, that no one has the time or resources to come up with things for you to do. 

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