This is an essay to myself, a guidance for thinking about company building and solving problems.
More than anything, especially recently, I have sought simplicity. More specifically, I seek simple answers to complicated problems. This is a fool’s challenge. Many of life’s most pressing, challenging questions have no simple answers.
This essay is a rant, really directed towards the city of San Francisco. I’ll make it clear, this is a petty rant. This is a trivial rant that ignores the real problems in the city. More
A theme I have been thinking through the other day is “what can I be great at?” This is a challenging question for me to tackle, as I have always struggled to clearly and simply define my greatest strengths. On a tangential note, I can very clearly tell you all about my many many weaknesses.
Life should be legendary. Right? (This is a note to myself).
We only have one shot at this, why work on boring things and solve boring problems? Why choose easy? What are we saving for? What are we waiting for? Why settle? Why work on sub-optimal?
What am I best at? This is a question I used to struggle with to no end. I sought simplicity, clarity, and definitiveness. I found confusion, hopelessness, and frustration.
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.