The Best Books for Building a Startup Career

When I landed my first startup job, I felt like I knew nothing. Actually, some days I felt like I knew less than nothing. I was nineteen years old, and my previous working experience consisted of tutoring homeschooled kids and picking apples for a living. I had no idea what a quarter was, let alone a KPI. I was excited and I was hungry and I had no clue what I was doing. I realized…

You Don’t Know How Much You Know

I talk all the time about how you don't know what you don't know. It's one of the most important things in life -- the more you know, the more you realize you don't know. But the reverse is also true -- you don't know how much you know. And you won't know, until there's a context that draws it out. We hold a vast amount of information that we never properly pin down, identify,…

How to Make Yourself Smarter — Obvious and Inobvious Methods

One of my most prevalent goals is to become smarter -- always. When weighing opportunities, a job's potential to make me smarter is more important than raw career growth (although the two often go hand-in-hand), monetary gains, or geographic location. It's an important driver in my personal relationships, and in my choice of activities and pursuits outside of work. Does it increase my knowledge of the world, and/or the functions of the world, particularly in…

Imprecise Metaphors and Their Benefit for Your Thinking

David Perell wrote a fantastic blog post on the importance (or lack thereof) in the accuracy of maps. Side note -- if you don't follow David Perell, you should. In a similar vein, I want to talk about the importance (or lack thereof) in the precision of one's metaphors. This is not an argument against being precise. It is not permission for ceasing to care about choosing the right metaphor. This IS an argument that…

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