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Follow me to learn and apply contrarian and under appreciated beliefs of thoughtful people. Digital entrepreneur and Host of UnStuck.
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May 14 8 tweets 3 min read
The Best Way to Take Notes – And Do More Focused, Creative Work make your ideas build on themselves
May 9 30 tweets 6 min read
26 of the most powerful things I've ever learned (about life, career & relationships)

Sharing so I don't forget: A mentor once said, "A word of advice, don't give it"

He meant there's no such thing as advice: it's only possible to share what you've learned & let others draw their own conclusions

Here goes nothin'...
May 4 81 tweets 17 min read
Every month I bookmark hundreds of tweets, and I'm always surprised by how much I miss

I curated 69 of the most useful & educational resources shared on Twitter in the past 30 days

Here they are, organized into sections

Get in while Twitter's still free... Sections:

1️⃣ Content & Recs
2️⃣ Writing & Creativity
3️⃣ Business & Entrepreneurship
4️⃣ Web3, Crypto & NFTs
5️⃣ Money, Tax & Investing
6️⃣ Life & Wisdom
7️⃣ Practical & Misc

Let's get to it!
Apr 6 51 tweets 6 min read
There are 100,000 books about writing.

But only 50 pieces of advice that matter.

Here are the 50 most essential things ever said about writing: “If people cannot write well, they cannot think well, and if they cannot think well, others will do their thinking for them.”

-George Orwell
Apr 1 68 tweets 14 min read
Dear learning Twitter,

Here's your weekend read.

I curated 50 of the most educational resources shared on Twitter in the past 30 days

Beware the 🐇 🕳 I organized these resources into sections:

1️⃣ Content & Recs
2️⃣ Writing & Creativity
3️⃣ Business & Entrepreneurship
4️⃣ Web3, Crypto & NFTs
5️⃣ Money, Tax & Investing
6️⃣ Life & Wisdom
7️⃣ Practical & Misc
Mar 29 9 tweets 4 min read
📢 Announcing the 10x Writing Bootcamp

My latest Maven-powered course

Turn your big ideas into a life-changing essay, in 1 week

Applications open today for April & May cohorts

Details below and in thread maven.com/justin/10xcrea… First cohort starts 4/11

Intense 1-week experience for creators, professionals & entrepreneurs

🔷 Write the most valuable essay you’ve ever written
🔷 Distill your expertise into a set of big ideas
🔷 Work with a community holding you accountable

<10 students per cohort in APR
Mar 3 35 tweets 6 min read
I'm 42.

Reflecting on Ukraine, I realized by circumstance I have specific knowledge around certain post-WWII principles that are obvious to the Greatest Generation but not to many of us today

Sometimes it's necessary to pause, recall principles, & never take them for granted: I'm not a FP expert but I served in the military for 15yrs, worked @USNATO, earned a master’s in IR from @Princeton, taught IR @NavalAcademy, wrote addresses on transatlantic security for generals & two SECDEFs, & drafted interventions for North Atlantic Council sessions.
Feb 23 86 tweets 18 min read
Twitter's gold for educating yourself.

But you can't learn what you might've missed.

Here are 75 of the most useful & educational resources shared on Twitter in the past MONTH: Like last time, I curated & organized these resources into sections:

1️⃣ Content & Recommendations
2️⃣ Writing & Creativity
3️⃣ Business & Entrepreneurship
4️⃣ Web3, Crypto & NFTs
5️⃣ Money, Tax & Investing
6️⃣ Life & Wisdom
7️⃣ Practical & Misc.
8️⃣ Inspiration

Let's do it!
Feb 22 21 tweets 2 min read
20 of the best ideas on entrepreneurship (that you’ve never heard in the context of business): “If it sounds easy you don’t have all the facts.”

-James L. Brewer
Feb 13 23 tweets 4 min read
I’ve served aboard a nuclear submarine, worked at a multi-billion-dollar private tech company, and helped people lead the world’s largest organizations.

Here are 20 of the most powerful, non-obvious ideas in professional life: Over-Engineer Watches, Not Strategies

Strategy is setting priorities

Be careful when you’re setting priorities not to build a Swiss watch

It should be more like an old Russian watch; it works when you get sand in it

The parts give so you solve problems w/o chipping gears
Feb 9 16 tweets 1 min read
15 of the smartest, lesser-known things ever said: “Courage. Sometimes it's just, ‘I'll try again tomorrow.’”

-Mary Anne Radmacher
Feb 4 14 tweets 4 min read
This year I've published 11 “Letters”

My goal is to help you learn and inspire you to create

I write 1-2 times per week about:
1️⃣ Digital Entrepreneurship
2️⃣ Writing & Creativity
3️⃣ Life & Wisdom

Find & read all the latest posts below: 🧵

Enjoy! letter.substack.com/p/how-to-write… How to Write Well Without Getting Stuck: A Theory of Creativity That Will Simplify Your Writing Process letter.substack.com/p/a-theory-of-…
Jan 31 38 tweets 6 min read
Most young people already live in the Metaverse

But many people 40+ still don’t

My hot take: failure to fully adopt the Metaverse is a narrow view of life

It’s possible and crucial for us to think differently about the Metaverse: No doubt you’ll remember…

3 months ago, @ShaanVP shared his hot take on the Metaverse

Jan 27 13 tweets 4 min read
This year I'm learning useful things about the below topics, and sharing what I learn.

I believe we learn best together.

1️⃣ Digital Entrepreneurship
2️⃣ Writing & Creativity
3️⃣ Leverage Building
4️⃣ Life & Wisdom
5️⃣ Web3 (fascinated)

Here are 10 threads from this month! 🧵 100 useful and educational resources shared on Twitter in the past 365 days:

Jan 27 135 tweets 16 min read
In 2017, ARK Invest began publishing a Big Ideas report to enlighten investors on the impact of breakthrough technologies.

Yesterday ARK released Big Ideas 2022, highlighting ARK's most provocative research conclusions for the coming year.

Here’s a distillation of what it says: ARK is led by @CathieDWood

@ARKInvest is focused solely on disruptive innovation: opportunities likely to scale as technologies converge, transforming entire industries.

Big Ideas 2022 offers a cross-sector understanding of tech and the future
Jan 25 111 tweets 23 min read
Twitter is free university.

But even 100k-impression tweets aren't seen by 99.95% in a day

Imagine what's shared & missed in a YEAR

Here are 100 of the most useful & educational resources shared on Twitter in the past 365 days: I curated & organized these resources into sections:

1️⃣ Content & Recommendations
2️⃣ Writing & Creativity
3️⃣ Business & Entrepreneurship
4️⃣ Web3, Crypto & NFTs
5️⃣ Money, Tax & Investing
6️⃣ Life & Wisdom
7️⃣ Practical & Misc.

Let's get to it!
Jan 21 27 tweets 4 min read
The ultimate career hack:

Writing well without getting stuck

Here's a theory of creativity that will instantly make you a better writer: When people say, “writing is thinking,” 99% don’t mean it literally.

They mean it figuratively: writing *clarifies* thinking by helping put ideas in order.

But they were right the first time: writing doesn’t clarify thinking; writing IS thinking.
Jan 19 10 tweets 2 min read
If you do these 3 things daily:

1. Read about ideas you love
2. Take notes from your reading in your own words
3. Create pointers from your notes to your reading

You can't help but write. Eventually, your notes will relate to themes – and writing will take care of itself. When you read actively every day and put ideas into your own words, you’ll never be at a loss for ideas.
Jan 18 13 tweets 3 min read
In an age of leverage, B gets paid 10,000x more than A The classic formulation:

“Being at the extreme in your art is very important in the age of leverage.” -@naval

My interpretation is there's confusion these days.

People conflate being at the extreme with being on the frontier.

Naval never does that. Here's how we puts it.
Jan 17 16 tweets 3 min read
NEW THREAD SERIES

"The Rules They Live By"

1️⃣ READ the philosophy of a thoughtful person in 2 min

2️⃣ LEARN a contrarian belief

3️⃣ TAKE a simple idea seriously

Thoughtful Person #1: @jackbutcher 👇 One person's take (mine) on the distilled philosophy of Jack Butcher, in two min:
Jan 15 7 tweets 1 min read
I’m thinking about writing a thread on the personal philosophies of thoughtful people.

I’d state a simple idea each person takes seriously. A belief important to them but underappreciated by others.

I’d also invite them to comment. Would anyone be interested in this? I'd love to jump-start something like this, and it would be even better if people shared their philosophies themselves.

70 years ago, Edward R. Murrow invited people to share their beliefs in three minutes or less.

The invitation became the radio series, “This I Believe.”