Has anybody ever told you "Stop being a Jack of All Trades, Master of None"?

They're wrong

It's "Jack of Some Trades, Master of One"

This is why, and how it's the only way to become the best in the world at something. 🧵
Becoming the best in the world at some skill is nearly impossible. There's always somebody stronger than you, cleverer than you, with better genetics, who worked harder...

The more you work on standing out in a domain, the more you face these phenomenal competitors.
That's why becoming the best in the world at something takes too much work.

It's nearly impossible to be the best, but it's quite easy to be in the top 10% or so.
Eg a friend passed the GMAT. He needed to be in the top 94% to be accepted at Stanford.

He got 90% in math and 95% in verbal comprehension. He felt dejected. What's that, 92.5%?

Then he noticed he was in the 98% percentile! How was that possible?
Those in math tend to be bad verbally and vice-versa.
Eg the norm might be that a 95% score in math typically puts you at 70% in verbal.

The combination of 90% math and 95% verbal was so unique that it put him at 98% overall.
This is valid for all types of skills in the world. Try to be the best at one? Impossible. But take two, try to just be at the top 10% or 1%. That is substantially less work, but the combination might be so unique that it's enough to be the best in the world at the combination.
A good example is @garyvee: 9M IG followers, 2.5M on Twitter, 3M on YouTube

His advice is not the most novel or well researched, but it's solid. Where he stands out: writing, aesthetics, social media, business, public speaking, personal branding. The combo makes him special
Same thing for @DinaraKasko
She might not be the best architect in the world or the best baker. But she's probably the best at architecting desserts
The same is true for me. I'm reasonably good at engineering, design, psychology, public speaking, storytelling... Nothing special in any of them, but good enough
But that combo was enough to put together a TEDx on the psychological underpinning of storytelling structure
So stop trying to be the best at one skill. You’re setting yourself up for some serious disappointment. Instead, ask yourself: In what niche do I want to stand out? What combination of skills do I need to be unique in that niche?
It’s not about being great at any one thing — you just need to be pretty good at an array of useful skills that, when combined, make you truly one of a kind
This article is dedicated to all the people who ever dreamed of achieving something

I stacked skills to write articles like this one and the COVID pieces. In this week’s premium article, I’ll cover:
- what types of skills to pick for your stack
- the questions ppl ask about this
- the skill stack I developed and how I did it
- how to develop these skills efficiently
- how to think about skill covariance
- when to “follow your passion”
- other benefits of skill stacking
- the importance of Epistemic Trespassing.
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If you catch COVID, the risk of developing COVID Chronic Fatigue Syndrome are 3,000x higher than those of suffering a bad vaccine side-effect. That illness can leave you out of work and energy for the rest of your life.
The most long-lasting part of Long COVID is likely Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which so far has no cure and can last decades.

Your likelihood of catching it from COVID is ~2-3%, and it's worse for young ppl than old ppl

Vaccines appear to help. They probably reduce the odds of developing COVID CFS by 75-90%.
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Long COVID is confusing until we realize its most alarming outcome is *Chronic Fatigue Syndrome* (CFS).

What does CFS look like?
Is it like Long COVID? 🧵

This is a person with CFS. At 24, she had spent nearly a decade without putting her feet on the ground.
This is @jenbrea suffering from post-exertional malaise, from her documentary Unrest, which you can watch on Netflix (the 3 clips come from the documentary)
This is Whitney, who hasn't talked for years. His father:
“Whitney’s state is comparable to an AIDS patient about a week before his death. And that has been the case for the last six years.”
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I'm going to try a new experiment in 2022.

The idea is to create a cohort-based course with live lectures. I am still debating whether it should be about
1. How to solve any problem
2. Advanced product and growth mgmt

Would you be interested in any? LMK!
Over my career managing billion-dollar tech products with hundreds of millions of users, studying storytelling, and writing COVID and Uncharted Territories articles, I've come to think the biggest pbm of mankind is that we don't know how to make decisions.

I want to solve that.
The 3-week course would include frameworks, lectures, and more importantly, workshops so you can bring pbms to the table and we can work to solve them together, learning decision-making along the way.
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A majority of the world will speak English by the end of the century. This will create a new global identity. It will be the triumph of the Anywheres.

Why? Because the same mechanic happened in the past.

Here's what happened and what will happen next 🧵
Up to the 1500s, languages were not differentiated like today. In places like Europe, there were vernacular gradients, from Wallonia to Lisbon, from London to Vienna.
That's because most ppl didn't communicate with those far away from their village.
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Slides or write-ups? Which one is best?

According to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, write-ups. But I never understood it until very recently.

Bezos defends why writing is better. Ironically, his write-up has all the flaws that he complains about in powerpoints:
“The narrative structure of a good memo forces better thought and better understanding of what's more important than what, and how things are related”

Ok so his hypothesis: idea importance and interconnectedness are crucial, but write-ups achieve them better.

“Ppt-style presentations somehow give permission to gloss over ideas, flatten out any sense of relative importance, and ignore the interconnectedness of ideas.”

Ok 3 causes. W/ ppt, ppl:
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-don’t make idea importance obvious
-ignore their connection

But why?
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Have you ever heard northern Europeans telling southern Europeans they're lazy?

It's false.
So why are northerners richer?

Small thread 🧵
1. Northerners work substantially LESS than southerners
2. Northerners make substantially MORE money
Here's GDP per capita PPS, indexed at 100=EU average
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