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Kyle Russell 🚀 @kylebrussell
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Something @pmarca used to talk about is going through the exercise of creating a "little Peter Thiel on his shoulder," so he can consult that perspective when thinking through something. Over the last few years, I've been trying to do that, but for the following:
From @cdixon, I've taken the perspective of anticipating future possibilities by following underlying technology trends in research and what the hackers are doing on their nights and weekends. Not vaguely - what do they use, why, what does it enable, where could it go?
I always go to lil' @pmarca when thinking about product-market fit. Distribution matters more than product. It just does. If you *really* have product-market fit, raise prices. It'll accelerate your go-to-market.
From @arampell, the notion that the key for startups is to figure out distribution before the incumbents figure out how to incorporate your innovation.
Since reading Superforecasting, @PTetlock has stuck around on my shoulder, suggesting I think in terms of probabilities and update my predictions based on new information.
From Ta-Nehisi Coates (and subsequently the writing of James Baldwin), I'm reminded to consider the perspective of the systemically oppressed.
From Peter Thiel, I've assumed the entrepreneurial mindset that if you're going to throw yourself into the competitive arena, you might as well aim to build a monopoly that can mitigate direct competition.
Working with @ChrisLyons has shown me the value of being nice and helpful to people you meet without being transactional and trusting that it will come back to you.
Similarly, @ritholtz and his crew remind me that it's valuable to build a reputation as a honest, humble straight-shooter, even if it means you miss out on the attention that can come with being loud and confrontational.
From @CarlotaPrzPerez, I'm reminded to appreciate the valuable long-term work done during periods of exuberance.
He's only told me this once, but one thing @adampbry has suggested as feedback that's stuck with me: Instead of creating a to-do item, just do the thing.
The little @meliarobin on my shoulder reminds me to not take myself to seriously, and suggests I perhaps organize my thoughts a bit better before going into decisions.
Little Charlie Munger is my enabler, reinforcing my book reading by reminding me of the value of a latticework of mental models in understanding the world and making good decisions.
Along the lines of this thread itself, @trengriffin constantly reminds me of the valuable perspectives you can draw from a wide range of human experiences. Don't dismiss what you can learn from someone because of the image you might have in your head.
While his personality is grating, I can't help but hear Taleb speak up about skin in the game and the value of theoretical versus practical knowledge when relevant.
I haven't read much of his other work, but Yuval Levin's framing of the concept of "bifurcation and concentration" in The Fractured Republic bubbles up in my brain *all the time*.
When things are tough, the little @rabois on my shoulder suggests that for those with ambition, fulfillment comes from the times when we aim for high goals, work hard, and carry a lot of anxiety
If you think this sounds like too many perspectives to consider in day-to-day thinking, I have two exaggerated responses:

1. Get good lol

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