Let yourself really fail once in a while – not some tiny little mistakes here and there, but big, glaring, confidence-shaking, dark-night-of-the-soul-inducing failures. Understand that no one simply coasts from achievement to achievement. The most accomplished people in the world fail and fail big. That’s how they learn so much, grow so quickly, and become so interesting and wise.
If you ask a surgeon for health advice, they will suggest surgery. If you ask startup brain for career advice, it will suggest scale. Instead of celebrating human-sized projects, startup brain only sees them as missed opportunities.
But some of my favourite things on the internet are quirky, approachable and unashamedly imperfect – all qualities that disappear with scale.
How true it is that words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes.
The people you’re trying to influence spend 98% of their day overwhelmed by business as usual.
I wonder whether the creator economy, as it matures, will resemble less of its original promise (a way for people to do the things they love), in favor of a ‘creator industrial complex’. Part of the problem is that creativity comes in fits and starts, and can’t always be tamed into a predictable routine. If you’re obligated to create something every day, rather than when it feels right, you’ll start putting things out there that aren’t very interesting in order to fill the space. … Preserving the ‘creator’ identity matters more than what is accomplished. …
The ‘publish or perish’ model that nudges people to rack up more followers is not the pinnacle of creative freedom; it’s indentured spiritual servitude.
The most successful people in work and life are those who have what psychologists call “an internal locus of control”, the belief that their actions have a direct effect on their outcomes. People with an external locus, on the other hand, are more likely to see daily events as dictated by external force.
Being online did not make most people more aggressive or hostile; rather, it allowed a small number of aggressive people to attack a much larger set of victims. Even a small number of jerks were able to dominate discussion forums…
Where no substantial occasion presents itself, the most frivolous and fanciful distinctions have been sufficient to kindle their unfriendly passions and excite their most violent conflicts.
Now that these companies have grown up and scaled, nothing stops them from competing with major banks on their most profitable products; is there anything special that makes Chase so good at mortgages, that Chime could never learn? Maybe? But my guess is, companies like Chime and Cash App get good at mortgages and credit cards faster than Chase and BofA shed their branch footprints.
The sweet spot lies somewhere in the middle between robot and human, because that’s exactly what a user interface is — the thing between the human and the robot.