Ideas Happen

Jul 3

Skills are not as important as you think

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most people can’t recognize the difference between someone who is in the 95% margin of skill in a field from a person who is in the 80% margin of skill in that field, unless they also happen to be an expert themselves in that field. Unless you are a doctor, or dentist or auto mechanic, you probably don’t have a way of really evaluating how good a doctor or dentist or auto mechanic is—although you can probably quickly spot a phony.

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If you are at a decent level of skill, you will see much bigger benefits in building a name for yourself than you will in increasing your skill further.

How to Become a More Valuable Software Developer

Jun 13

“It doesn’t matter if it’s a relationship, a lifestyle, or a job. If it doesn’t make you happy let it go.” William Chapman (via phoe-bs)

(Source: williamchapmanwritings, via fragileheartevolmind)


Jun 11

Small actions compound: Reputation, career trajectory, and how others perceive you in the workplace can come down down to a handful of things/moments that seem inconsequential/small at the time but compound.

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Fact: You don’t become CEO of a multi-billion dollar public company in your 30s based purely on ability/talent. Your career is a boat and it is at the mercy of tides.
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Sheryl Sandberg Quote: When companies are growing quickly and they are having a lot of impact, careers take care of themselves. And when companies aren’t growing quickly or their missions don’t matter as much, that’s when stagnation and politics come in. If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.

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It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Working 80-hour weeks will catch up with you.

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Always be learning, and making contacts.

What are a few unique pieces of career advice that nobody ever mentions?

Come to terms with the fact that if you want to achieve, you can never stop trying. If you’re not learning something every day, you’re stagnating or regressing. The best companies in the world need to improve every day or be taken over by competitors, and I think there is something analogous in the human sense.

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eat RIGHT and EXERCISE. Like I said, energy is a competitive advantage. Starting from that premise and the premise that time is limited for everyone, you are able to accomplish more and be more productive with more energy. Exercise creates energy in the long run, not depletes it. This is not to say that you are trying to maximize ‘achievement’. Energy goes hand in hand with other crucial things, like happiness.

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Everything is about execution. Dreams and visions are free. Implementation takes place in the real world where friction and inefficiencies exist.

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Learn how to communicate. You’d be surprised at how many things can be solved by a good chart, report, or presentation. After working for a few years, you’ll discover that the whole world is built on an infrastructure full of misdirection, inefficiency, and incompetence. Cut through that and you’ll succeed. By succeed I mean become known, become in demand, become indispensible, become valuable.

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Take all advice given to you, even ones from Quora, with a grain of salt. Usually it reveals more about the advice-giver than it is a ready-made piece of advice to you.

What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in your twenties?

Jun 4