Net vector

They* say that you become the average of the five people you spend the most time with. It might even be true, although I’m wary of the implication that we should leave the other people behind.** The question for each of us is – in your family, friendship group, workplace, tribe – which way are you pulling, and how do…

Hugh Jackman on coaches and therapists

It’s a little arrogant to think you’ve got it all sorted out. Why wouldn’t you want help? Roger Federer’s the greatest tennis player of all time, and he has a full time coach. Pavarotti had a singing teacher to the end of his life. Why wouldn’t we invest that in the art of living? Hugh Jackman on The Tim Ferriss…

Tyler Cowen on reading fast, reading well, and reading widely

This is a great riff on how reading works and on the network effects of reading. Links below. Tyler says: … I go through five or ten books a day. And which parts of them I’ve read you can debate – maybe it washes out to be two or three books a day. Some good nights you can get through…

Tim Ferriss on negotiation, using writing to think, specialisation and some other stuff

These brief videos are worth watching: On negotiation On using writing to help you think On “vanity metrics” and creating worthwhile content On specialisation vs being a generalist

Tim Ferriss on improving your public speaking

Here are a couple of useful tips from Tim Ferriss on episode #394: 1. Record yourself talking This is true for skill improvement whether it’s sports related, language related – that could be primary or secondary or tertiary language – you need a record that you can analyse. So record yourself talking. That could be over dinner with friends, it…

Tim Ferriss on time management as priority management

This is a piece of advice from The Four Hour Work Week that I need to re-learn and re-apply on a regular basis: Slow down and remember this: Most things make no difference. Being busy is a form of laziness – lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. Being overwhelmed is often as unproductive as doing nothing, and is far more unpleasant.…

Ben Horowitz on leadership and making unpopular decisions

This is from Ben Horowitz in a fantastic interview on building a successful culture in your organisation. Highly recommend. If you make decisions that everybody likes all the time then those are the decisions they would have made without you, so you’re not actually adding any value. So almost by definition a lot of the most important decisions end up…

Resource: Tristan Harris on the attention economy

This is a good interview on the Tim Ferriss show, covering the Attention Economy and extractive economics more generally. Recommend. The fundamental place that went wrong was when we attached financial success directly to the capturing of human behaviour, the controlling and shaping of human behaviour. Because that’s where the persuasive technology stuff comes in. Because those principles became applied…

Eric Schmidt on the tech scene

Here’s more on ‘scenius’ – this time from Eric Schmidt: The world is much smaller than it seems. If you’re an outsider looking at our world [the world of tech], somehow you think it’s this vast world, but to me it seems like about a hundred people, and they all know each other, they’ve all been on each other’s boards,…

Caterina Fake: 5 Cs

If you look at all of the companies that I’ve been involved with and the investments that I’ve made, they are companies that emphasise creativity, communication, connection, collaboration and community. Caterina Fake – Tim Ferris Show #360 Caterina Fake co-founded Flikr, where they popularised – newsfeeds, tags (which later evolved into hashtags), followers and likes. She played a key role…