3000 years ago, you’d really have to be a genius to achieve something. Being a genius is worth a lot when you work from the state of nature without a collective knowledge you can take advantage of.
Henry Ford was not as smart as Leonardo Da Vinci, yet he built the car and created far more value for the common person than Da Vinci ever could even thou he was much smarter.
We are now at a point in history where a person with an average intelligence can do the most remarkable things.
The future is not going to be incrementally better than the present. Learning a little bit more, having a higher intelligence is not going to be contributing much. What’s going to be really valuable is having a unique point of view. “A change in perspective is worth 80 IQ points.” – Alan Kay
The next 50 years will not be determined by people who can get you a faster horse. It will depend on people who do something entirely different than expected and bring you the car.
Think different. Completely different.
Earn as much money as you possibly can and as quickly as you can.
The sooner you get money out of the way, the sooner you will be able to get to the rest of your problems in style.
It is better to work with a wickedly fast Mac than it is to try to get something done with Windows.
Yes, we know there is the opportunity to hit it really big, to become the next Justin Bieber, to invent the next Facebook, and whatever else that offers 15 minutes of fame.
Yet, that is not the biggest opportunity we have. That is not the true power of the internet.
What’s really powerful is that you don’t have to hit it big.
In the pre-internet era, we worked for fishing companies and we were in the business of hunting whales(industrial economy). Then, the fishing rod was invented and they handed it over to you – for free.
You can be happy with a small fish and now you have everything you need to catch them.
There are companies that make billions of dollars in the B2B area that you’ve never heard of. The list of people who make a great living by not going big gets bigger and bigger.
Be missed when you’re gone. And miss the top 7 list of whatever, if you have to.
We all know that 90% of the progress in projects happens just days before the deadline and that’s why so many deadlines are missed.
The solution? Demo days.
Create an event every 2 weeks where your engineers have to demonstrate what they did to a group of people. It can be your own team. The investors. The rest of the world. It doesn’t matter.
When you talk to people and ask about the next 10 years of their lives they think 10 years is a long time. It’s not.
10 years ago was 2006. How fast did that time go?
If the future is where you’re going, then you’ve got to plan them.