Divorce your good business instincts from your bad ideas. If you’re a good entrepreneur, you can assume your instinct is right 95% of the time, and your ideas might be right 25% of the time.
Mark Pincus – Zynga
I like to think I have good instincts, but often have found it hard to reconcile myself to my occasional business failure. I really like the distinction between instinct and ideas.
A youtube channel is the new paper route
Reed Hastings – Netflix
My friends and I often reminisce about our early jobs and lament the lack of part time and entry level positions available to our teenage kids. I think we often have a biased and limited view of what meaningful early employment looks like.
Be proud of your choices, be grateful for your gifts
Jeff Bezos – Amazon
There is a really unhealthy sense of entitlement that comes with everything the tech culture has achieved. It’s important to have a little humility and perspective when your chance gifts of zip code and IQ have so much to do with success, and increasingly drive income inequality.
You could never convince a monkey to give you a banana by promising him limitless bananas after death in monkey heaven.
Yuval Noah Harari – Author of Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
The most impactful idea I’ve been exposed to this year is that we humans are separated from other species primarily by our ability to organize in huge numbers through establishing vast fictions. Religion, governments, and laws that guide commerce are just stories we tell each other and more importantly believe enough to dictate our behavior. Capitalism, socialism, objectivism, libertarianism, and all the religions are just evolving fictions competing in their own process of natural selection.
I’d love to hear what you found impactful over the last crazy year?