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For the first time in a while, my calendar for today is completely empty. I say that not as a boast about how "busy" (or really fake busy) my usual schedule is. No, there are no awards for full calendars.
Inspired by this tweet from Daniel Gross, my friend Jacob and I are launching the MVP for Magnet Replies.
"We frequently send emails where the replies ("yes I can make it!") are collected into a spreadsheet. With your service, you can CC XXX@your-website.com and have the replies collected into a Google Sheet. Frictionless to get started. No sign-up required."
I think a lot of what I am optimizing for nowadays is encapsulated by the idea of leverage. Mechanistically, leverage is the exertion of force by means of a lever or an object used in the manner of a lever. Applied to my life, I see leverage as a means to use x amount of rare resources (say, time) to accomplish y amount of things.
I have always been "personally curious" in the sense that, as time goes on, I am really interested in finding out more about myself. I think that the pursuit of "self-awareness," though infinite, often gets an abstract label, where in reality I think there are many tangible aspects to testing and better understanding one's self.
I spent the past few days visiting my brother and a few friends at Duke University. Duke is a really special place. I think the level of education and intelligence of the students is comparable to most other top-tier schools, but what makes it particularly unique is the cultural togetherness and pride of the student-body.
Imagine there is a linear spectrum. On one far end of the spectrum, place Facebook's company culture. In the early days, their cultural guidelines were to "move fast and break things." What this meant, in applied terms, is that engineers, designers, etc. should prioritize testing assumptions in the real world over perfecting all of the little details.
People learn differently. Some prefer slowly working there way piece by piece into a problem, while others would rather fully digest a new situation at once. I liken it to the challenge of learning how to swim.
Over the past few years, I have made a purposeful effort to work with (launch projects, manage, follow, etc.) different types of people. I have now worked with people across a wide diversity of ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities. I have worked with people a lot younger than me, decades older than me...I have worked with people in-person and some half way across the world.