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28 Apr, 24 tweets, 13 min read
When you follow someone on Twitter:

You choose who influences your thoughts.

Here are people I'm testing out this month:


• The first of three of the most brilliant people on Twitter who have a criminally low amount of followers
• This guy's mind 🤯🤯


• Just like Jeremy, low-key one of the smartest people on Twitter
• She has great takes on critical thinking and behavioral psychology


• Rivals Jeremy for percentage of tweets that make me smirk at their wit
• One of my favorite new follows



• Her tweets make you rethink how children should learn
• One of the most inspiring accounts about what the future of education can look like


• Elegantly crafts deep dives into the fascinating parts of business history


• One of the highest ratios of "wow, that's clever" tweets
• He's completely rethinking how people teach themselves new skills



• One of the clearest thinkers and communicators in the critical thinking space
• Buy her book on the topic. I'm about to read it.


• Brilliant writer and storyteller
• She wrote one of my favorite blog posts of the year:


• Everyone knows his books. But have you seen his Masterclass course? One of the most charismatic, insightful, and calming people to listen to
• Would love to talk with him about storytelling at some point


• The fiction writer on this list who puts a big smile on my face. He's who inspired my Creativity Faucet essay. (See my pinned Tweet.)



• Amazing robot videos and other clever shenanigans
• She inspires millions to create


• The most fun, charismatic, and awesome Twitch/YouTube personality?? Yes, I think so.
• Come for the chess strategy, stay for the memes


• This is my favorite storyteller on YouTube
• Inspires me to this day
• Brilliant thinker, storyteller, poet


• Deep-dive SpaceX livestreams
• Excites the heck out of you with his enthusiasm and joy for space travel


• The prototype for a compelling cross-medium storyteller and craftsperson
• Was hoping to catch him on Clubhouse at some point 😂


• Infographics and memes filtered through a brilliant mind
• Seriously, these infographics are great


• This is the guy who made those glitter bomb videos on YouTube!
• Also, super charismatic video presence that's worth reverse engineering

Category: STARTUPS


• Runs Y Combinator
• Sharp, no-BS insights on product and life as a founder

@njcostelloe and @maiale

• Nick, Matt, and I grow @growthtactics together.
• Nick is one of the best minds in how to make life more adventurous.
• Matt is a brilliant strategist and a top notch mango in a sea of bananas.


Great journeys to follow
@shivon builds Neuralink
@stylebender reverse engineers MMA
@gdb builds general AI



And, as for me:

No, I'm not related to Ben Shapiro.

I generally tweet about writing and startups:

P.S. I don't follow many people because I use Twitter lists instead.

That's how I "follow" new people every month.

This video explains it:

How can I forget the dude I admire so much I'm starting a podcast with him!


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26 Apr
10 of my founder friends are forces of nature.

Their startups are now worth $400M+ each.

4 behaviors I've observed:
Effective people optimize for what compounds—not just quick wins.

They train themselves to get a dopamine hit when they help their future selves—even if they receive no immediate benefit from the action.

What compounds:

• Building audiences
• Relationships
• Investing $
In school, we learn by being curious and by accepting when we're wrong.

As adults, we forget we're still students—of life.

Effective people recreate environments where they're still told they're wrong:

They befriend blunt, independent-minded thinkers who'll call them out.
Read 9 tweets
21 Apr
I've decided I'm not starting another startup.

Thread: How to tell when you're working on the wrong thing.
Here's what happened. I spent an hour listing out everything I care about: 

Human connection, self-education, leverage, and so on. 

In the process, I surprised myself: for me, there's a much better way to achieve these goals than starting another startup.
So I'm sharing the framework I used—to maybe help others come to similar realizations.


What should you actually be working on in life?
Read 30 tweets
11 Apr
Have you seen this bio on Twitter?

"Forbes 30 Under 30. 1M IG followers. MBA."

Here's why your eyes roll at this:
This thread introduces a mental model for spotting superficial credentials and avoiding superficiality yourself.
In that bio above, each of those statements is an attempt to signal one's ability and worth.

• Forbes 30 Under 30
• 1M Instagram followers

These signals, however, are vanity metrics—because each can be *gamed.*
Read 30 tweets
3 Apr
Elon Musk is on record that he makes decisions using the same technique as Jeff Bezos.

I found YouTube videos of them explaining it.

A thread on thinking more clearly:
This thread is about mental models.

Yes, Twitter has enough of these.

BUT, people never answer the question:

How do I use mental models for everyday decisions? How do I put them into practice?
Mental models are frameworks for thinking.

They simplify complex situations so you can reason through them easily.

They help you make good, long-term decisions without needing to know everything about a situation.
Read 54 tweets
29 Mar
I figured out how to avoid nearly all meetings.

My calendar is now free and clear 😂

There were 4 realizations:
Your perception of importance decays:

We think events are most important when we first schedule.

But, once 2 weeks pass, we realize they aren't critical.

Insight: Schedule non-urgent meetings as far out as possible. A week before the event, you'll often realize you can cancel.
On a call, when asked for a follow-up favor, I say:

"After the call, please email me what you need. We'll take it from there!"

Realization: They rarely follow up.

Which means the real-time favor they asked wasn't important to them. Which means I avoided unnecessary homework.
Read 9 tweets
27 Mar
Who's @Julian?

A thread on who I am and the weird stuff I spend my time on.
I care a lot about producing lasting work.

I spent most of 2020 rewriting the content on my website. Very little new content was produced.

The web has a lot of creators but very few caretakers.

Some people act quickly when inspiration strikes. I'm the opposite.

I act late—once I realize my inspiration for that idea is not perishable.

If I'm confident the idea will stick in my head, it means I'll be happy iterating on it for the long-haul.
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