According to @elonmusk,

1. Skills >> college degrees
2. First principles = a solid foundation
3. Be less wrong
4. Read books
5. If there's no more to add, stop talking
6. Be a better version
7. Life ≠ saving ass
8. Hard work beats all

A thread on startups, careers and life:
“You don't need college or even high school to learn stuff. Bill Gates and Steve Jobs didn't graduate from college, but if you had a chance to hire them, of course that would be a good idea.”

Exceptional abilities >> degrees
“It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree — make sure you understand the fundamental principles, i.e. the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.”

Lay the groundwork.
“Take the approach that you’re wrong. Your goal is to be less wrong.”

Be less wrong. Be less ignorant. Just be less of everything you don't want to be.
"I was raised by books.”

When asked how he learned to build rockets, Elon Musk said, “I read books.”

Read books.
“Walk out of a meeting or drop off a call as soon as it's obvious you aren't adding value. It's not rude to leave; it's rude to waste someone's time.”

If there's no more to add, stop talking.
“Have a feedback loop: constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself.”

Do it. Measure results. Do it better.
“There's a tremendous bias against taking risks. Everyone is trying to optimize their ass-covering.”

There's more to life than saving ass.
“If other people are putting in 40 hour workweeks and you're putting in 100 hour workweeks, then even if you're doing the same thing, you know that you will achieve in 4 months what it takes them a year to achieve.”

Where there's a rush, there's a winner.
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At 30, Jeff Bezos quit his job to start Amazon.

He did so because he did not want to be 80 and regret not doing what he really wanted to do.

Thread — Lessons on startups, career and life:
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It started with books and a long-term vision.
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Think about this:

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Bezos prefers writing over PowerPoint.

Thread — A writing hack to help you succeed in your career: business, startups, marketing, life, and more.
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Recognition and scope.

Recognize what good writing looks like.

Set real expectations for 'how much work it will take' to write that good.
Most writers recognize high standard but set a wrong expectation on scope.

They believe that a good piece can be written in 1-2 days. When in reality, it should take at least a week.

Warren Buffett once said:

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Business school? I don't know.

I'd rather listen to Steve Jobs all day.

A thread on startups, entrepreneurship, marketing, investing, career, and life:
Figure out what your customers are going to want before they do.

Reporter: What market research did you do for the Macintosh?

Steve Jobs: Did Graham Bell did any of that before he invented the telephone?

Think different.
Make progress by elimination.

Jony Ive says, "To be truly simple, you have to go really deep.

You need to understand the product to get rid of the non essentials."

Apple = Clean design, simple taste.
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What if Steve Jobs, Bezos, Musk, and the likes got together to teach business?

Even the top MBAs will line up.

A thread on startups, entrepreneurship, investing, career, life, and whatnot:
Make decisions fast / Jeff Bezos

Most decisions should be made with around 70% of the information.

If you wait for 90, you're being slow.

Get good at course correcting and being wrong will be less costly than being slow.
Do a few things well / Steve Jobs

Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.

"We all have a short period of time on this earth. We probably only have the opportunity to do a few things really great and do them well."
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1. False dilemma
2. Circular reasoning
3. Tu quoque
4. Ad hominem
5. Sunk cost

Recognizing them is a competitive advantage. Here's a short guide:
False dilemma:

An argument where only two choices are presented yet more exist.


Would you rather hate your job for the rest of your life or follow your passion?
Circular argument:

Starting from an assumption and using it as a means to justify the conclusion.


Aliens exist, but we haven't found them because their tech is so advanced.
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2. Marvel — $4 B
3. Lucasfilm — $4.05 B
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Good enough is not good enough.

"Don’t be in the business of playing it safe. Be in the business of creating possibilities for greatness."

Perfection is not accepting mediocrity.
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