• Playbooks + Pattern recognition.(John Chambers)

    November 10, 2020 by

    When I saw that Patrick O’Shaughnessy had posted an interview with John Chambers last week, I rushed to listen. The following quote contains a number of gems which I will continue to mine. When Chambers uses the term “pattern recognition” and explains the concept, it’s so much more coherent than the latest BI and data… Read more

  • One act at a time. (Jonathan Sacks)

    November 10, 2020 by

    News of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks’ passing hit me pretty hard. I had met the man only once, yet through his teachings I felt so close to him. I’ve been reading his book, Lessons in Leadership, once a week for almost a year. I listened to many of his audio classes and interviews, especially enjoying… Read more

  • A point of view spreads. (Jason Fried)

    October 27, 2020 by

    I’ve been following Jason Fried and his unconventional business wisdom for years, via his books like Rework, and Remote: Office Not Required (published 7 years before coronavirus was a thing!). I enjoyed this bit from his recent interview with Kara Swisher, where he talks about what I’ll call mission-driven business-building. Instead of asking, “what products… Read more

  • Competence + Confidence [Personal Theme]

    October 27, 2020 by

    I shared in the Growth Mentor mentee community yesterday: YOU GOT THIS. And I don’t mean that as some kind of trope. What I mean is the following: All of the top performers, ever, made mistakes. There’s that famous Wayne Gretsky quote about missing 100 percent of the shots you never take. Michael Jordan missed a lot of… Read more

  • Trajectory (Michael Seibel)

    October 18, 2020 by

    Michael Seibel, Partner at Y Combinator and CEO of YC’s Startup Accelerator explains what signals and patterns they look for in applications from startups: The number one thing that I look for, above all else, is that the team who’s applying has the ability to build and launch the first version of the product. And the second,… Read more

  • My first cease and desist letter

    October 14, 2020 by

    🏁Here’s the story of my first cease and desist letter, and what I learned from that experience. TL;DR… in business-building at any stage you will encounter friction. It’s not supposed to be easy. Push forward and turn the setbacks into advantages. – – – The year was 2005 and I was gearing up to take… Read more

  • Clinical vs. emotional thinking (Marc Andreesen)

    October 13, 2020 by

    How is that professional gamblers consistently win? Andreseen explains in his interview with The Observer Effect: “I would never be a professional gambler but one of the things you find about professional gamblers – they may play poker at night but what they do during the day is they hang out together and they make… Read more

  • Channeling deeper focus with emotions (Josh Waitzkin)

    October 13, 2020 by

    I’m definitely one to try and suppress emotion at times, which is why I love how Josh Waitzkin thinks about using emotions to one’s unique advantage. This quote is from his book, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence. “There are performers who recognize the disruptive potential of emotions and try to… Read more

  • Free-flowing unconscious process (Josh Waitzkin)

    October 13, 2020 by

    This Josh Waitzkin quote is from his book, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence. I love how Josh thinks about leveraging the power of unconscious states of mind. He refers to this in the context of chess and other learning mastery as “the moment when psychology begins to transcend technique.”… Read more

  • What is intuition? (Josh Waitzkin)

    October 13, 2020 by

    This Josh Waitzkin quote is from his book, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence. I love how Josh defines intuition, calling it “our most valuable compass in this world”. “In my opinion, intuition is our most valuable compass is this world. It is the bridge between the unconscious and the… Read more

  • What is creativity? (Josh Waitzkin)

    October 13, 2020 by

    This Josh Waitzkin quote is from his book, The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence. I love how Josh defines creativity, and views the relationship between technical mastery and insight. “When I think about creativity, it is always in relation to a foundation. We have our knowledge. It becomes deeply internalized… Read more

  • What is marketing? (Rory Sutherland)

    October 13, 2020 by

    I love this philosophy on marketing from Rory Sutherland. Rory is the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Group, and I heard this on Invest Like The Best (Source). Begin quote: First of all, don’t think that marketing is marcoms. Because is very many businesses the two are conflated to a point where marketing is… Read more

  • We’re the tree. (Justin Rosenstein)

    September 15, 2020 by

    This quote is from Justin Rosenstein, Co-Founder of Asana, One Project, which I heard on the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma. We live in a world in which a tree is worth more financially dead than alive; in a world in which a whale is worth more dead than alive. For so long as our… Read more

  • Pace is of the essence. (Rabbi Jonathan Sacks)

    July 7, 2020 by

    The following story is told by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in his book Lessons In Leadership: When Margaret Thatcher was prime minister, she knew she was going to have to confront the miners’ union in a long a bitter struggle. In 1981 they went on to strike for a pay rise. Mrs. Thatcher immediately made enquiries… Read more

  • Know what game.

    July 5, 2020 by

    “You could argue that Michael Jordan was as good at his job as anyone has ever been at their job in anything.” Mark Vancil, Author of Rare Air I finished watching The Last Dance for the first time a couple of months ago. This week I started watching it again. The well-curated, bespoke quality, behind-the-scenes… Read more

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