Someone once suggested that I occasionally ask myself, “What am I really trying to achieve here?” Whenever I remember to do it, I find the question generates useful answers. What is one question you find useful to ask yourself?
What are the most important ideas or concepts for daily life? Once you learn them, which ideas actually change the way you act or how you make choices? For example: -inversion -first principles -margin of safety -second order thinking -compounding/power laws What else?
What things require a period of intense focus up front to become established, but persist & continue to perform after you move on to something else? -writing books about evergreen topics -saving & investing in passive index funds -outsourcing yourself from a business What else?
3 crucial questions to ask when considering a new opportunity: (1) Power: How can I find an advantage relative to others? (2) Probability: How likely am I to succeed? (3) Payoff: How large is the payoff if I succeed? Great opportunities are favorable on all 3 dimensions.
Who are some actors or athletes that defy the stereotype of “just a pretty face” or “dumb jock”? Beauty and athleticism are important in those fields, but who has brains and intellectual curiosity to go with it?
For the last week, I have started each day by writing “What do I want?” at the top of a blank page. It’s surprising how useful it is to keep asking yourself this question. Each time, my answers get more precise. Once I know what I want, I translate the answer into action steps.
I've been wrestling with a question: "How do you know if an idea is good?" It's been harder to answer than I expected. Imagine you are scrolling on Twitter or reading a book or listening to a pitch in a meeting. How do you decide if the idea is any good or not?
What can you do with 5 good minutes? 5 good minutes of: -pushups is a solid workout -sprints will leave you winded -writing can deliver 1 good page -reading can finish an insightful article -meditation can reset your mood You don’t need more time—just a little focused action.