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15 May
Intellectual curiosity is a competitive advantage.

But contrary to what you’ve been told, it has nothing to do with intelligence.

10 ways to start developing your intellectual curiosity today:
Scrub Your Windows

“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.” - Isaac Asimov

Curiosity is a light that can only enter when your mental windows are clean.

Scrub them off now and then.

Let the light in.
Embrace “I Don’t Know”

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” - Socrates

Avoid false confidence (and the people that display it!).

Embracing what you do not know is a superpower.

Recognize your gaps and blind spots.

Slowly, methodically fill them in.
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1 year ago, I wrote my first Twitter thread.

100 threads and 70,000+ words later, I’m just getting started.

10 favorites (on business, finance, mental models, and life):
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10 competitive advantages that don’t require talent.

(Note: This may be the subject of a future book...)
The Feynman Technique

A method for learning through teaching.

Complexity and jargon are often used to mask a lack of deep understanding.

Find beauty in simplicity.
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1 May
Warren Buffett is a treasure trove of wisdom.

But contrary to what you have been told, most of it has nothing to do with investing.

10 powerful lessons for life from the Oracle of Omaha:
Wait For A Juicy Pitch

“You don't have to swing at everything - you can wait for your pitch."

Life doesn’t reward you for the number of swings you take.

Focus on identifying the juiciest pitch.

When it comes, swing hard and don’t miss it.
Just Stop Digging

“The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging."

When things aren’t working, change course and try something different.

Be nimble. Be agile.

When you find yourself at the bottom of a hole, stop digging and climb out of it.
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28 Apr
Transformative innovation begins with a variant perception.

A belief or view that differs from the consensus.

4 variant perceptions that are changing the world:
TSMC - Morris Chang

Variant Perception: The status quo (integrated chip design and manufacturing) was constraining innovation in the semiconductor industry.

Solution: Pure play chip manufacturer.

Outcome: Rapidly accelerating chip innovation that has propelled society forward.
Stripe - @patrickc & @collision

Variant Perception: Existing internet payments infrastructure created friction and limited economic growth.

Solution: Developer-friendly tools for the online economy.

Outcome: Infrastructure solutions that are increasing the GDP of the internet.
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In his final Amazon shareholder letter, Jeff Bezos shared a powerful mental model on maintaining your distinctiveness.

A thread on the fight against normalcy (in your career, startup, writing, or life):
Jeff Bezos founded Amazon in 1994.

In 27 years at the helm, he grew it into one of the largest and most influential companies in the world.

Today, it is worth almost $1.7 trillion.

Each year since its 1997 IPO, Bezos has written an annual letter to Amazon shareholders.
In February, Jeff Bezos announced he would step down as CEO.

In his final annual shareholder letter, he covered his “create more than you consume” mantra and hit on climate and employee issues.

But its closing - on the fight against normalcy - held the most powerful lessons.
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Because growth - in your career, startup, writing, or life - comes gradually and then suddenly.

10 threads to help you on your growth journey:
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The Feynman Technique

A learning framework for growth:
(1) Identify
(2) Explain It To Me Like I’m 5
(3) Reflect & Study
(4) Organize, Convey & Review
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