Some points that have remained as “to ponder deeply and explore further”…
Make habits deliberate and un-condion habits that do not serve me anymore.
A big habit to change: turn off the monkey mind. Break the habit of uncontrolled thinking. To make it weaker so that one can live in the present every day reality.
Big impact habit: daily workout regimen in the morning.
Making more explicit what are ones priority as concentric circles and deliberately working on them daily.
Look for personal answers to the most important questions, on things like happiness, being present, accepting reality of the moment.
Run the brain in debugging mode as much as possible. i.e. Keep an eye on the internal monologue.
The mind is a muscle and it can be trained and it can be conditioned. Unpack and reconfigure.
Define what foundational values are important to you such that you won’t compromise on them and what you can live your life by.
I think all the benefits in life come from compound interest, wether in money or in relationships or love or health or activities or habits.
I only want to work on things that I know have long term payouts.
I think everybody has values and a lot of finding great relationships, great coworkers, great lovers, wives, husbands, is finding other people where your values line up and then the little things don’t matter.
Freedom as a value; however it’s changed from freedom to…, to, freedom from…!
Contemplate what mistakes one has made in ones life and make the change. Inspired by the question what advise would I give my younger self?
We know we can control our internal state. Now there are many more techniques ranging from cognitive therapy to behavioural psychology to meditation to taking long walks in nature. Meditation brings forth the recognition that how out of control your mind is. You then develop a distaste toward it, separating yourself from it.
Inner work is a singer player game. It’s a lonely kind of task. One cannot get social affirmation, no external progress, no external validation, 100% one is competing against oneself.
Your personal answer is going to be different. It’s important to discover your own personal answer.
Microeconomics ( versus Macroeconomics ) and game theory are fundamental in business. Micro is also important in environmentalism, charity, changing the world…
It can literally destroy your happiness if you spend all your time living in the delusions of the future. Live the life you have.
The ability to learn, the means of learning, the tools of learning, are abundant and infinite, its the desire that’s incredibly scarce.
Learning should be about learning the basics in all fields and learning them really well over and over.
Science to me is the study of truth. The Most devotional thing I can do is study the laws of the universe. I get the same feeling of awe and that same small sense of self when I study science.
You have to read the stuff you are reading because you are into it and that’s it. You don’t need any other reason. There’s no mission here to accomplish. Just read because you enjoy it.
Social approval is inside the herd. If you want social approval, definitely go read what the herd is reading. It takes a level of contrarianism is saying, “Nope. I am just going to do my own thing…”
I’m both lazy and I’m really focused on being present ( when I am reading).
I just don’t believe in anything from the past. Anything. No memories. No regrets. No people. No trips. Nothing.
Decision making is everything (in business and as an investor). In fact, someone who makes decisions right 80% of the time instead of 70% of the time will be valued and compensated in the market hundreds of times more.
If you can be more right, more rational, then you’re going to get nonlinear returns in your life.
The brain is is a memory prediction machine. It has a memory of things that worked in the past and what it’s read and it’s trying to predict the future…What you want is you want principles, you want mental models.
I basically load my head full of mental models. Different ones apply to every situation.
I don’t believe that I have the ability to say what’s going to work. Rather, what I try to do is to eliminate what’s not going to work.
Angel bets and venture bets are great because they have nonlinear outcomes in the positive, but on the downside you can only use one X. On the upside, you can make 10,000X. I’ve tried to rig the game.
Use your judgement to figure out what kinds of environments you can thrive in and then build a system to create that environment around you so that you’re statistically likely to succeed. Set up systems that you fail in very few places.
I set up good systems and then the individual decisions don’t matter that much.
I want to be the most successful version of me.
Money is just a piece of paper. There is huge diminishing returns to money after a certain point. specially now that I am more into freedom from rather than freedom to…
A lot of listeners are right now beating themselves up and scribbling notes and saying, " I need to do this and I need to do that and I need to do…" No, you don’t need to do anything. All you should do is what you want to do. Listen to the little voice of your head that wants to do things a certain way and then you get to be you.
Your goal in life is to find out the people who need you the most, to find out the business that needs you the most. There is something out there just for you. You’ll never be good at being somebody else.
If you have too many moral shortcomings, you will not respect yourself. The worst outcome in the world is not having self esteem. If you don’t love yourself who will?
The smartest people can explain things to a child.
Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.
Real knowledge is intrinsic and it’s built from the ground up. True understanding is about algorithms. It’s about how things connect to each other.
I would rather understand the basics very well, than have memorised all kind of complicated concepts.
The smaller you can make your ego, the less conditioned you can make your reactions., the less desires you can have about the outcomes you want, the easier it is to see the reality.
The best founders I’ve found are the ones who are very long term thinkers.
Go find the thing you can commit to for 10 years because that’s how long it’s going to take, minimum, to get a good outcome.
I have to reject all the pieces that I can’t verify for myself.
If I had one wish, the most important thing to me would be I would constantly be running my mind in debug mode.
The most common mistake is the idea or the belief that you’re going to be made happy because of some external circumstances.
You should do what you are meant to do.
On what is the meaning of life…I think fundamentally you just have to find it for yourself, so important part is not the answer, it’s the question. You just have to sit there and dig with the question.