Status vs Authenticity

People think they want status when they really want authenticity.

-high paying job
-impressive body
-Instagram-able relationships

-a job you love
-high self-esteem
-well-functioning relationships

Status optimizes for society. Authenticity optimizes for you.


On difference between motion and action

The difference between motion and action.

-talk to a personal trainer
-research your book idea
-explore different types of meditation

-do 10 squats
-write 1 sentence
-meditate for 1 minute

Motion feels like progress. Action is progress.

On Star Trekand SQL

2 types of people – those who think

  1. Star Trek: Discovery is dumb and stupid for including a reference to SQL “300 years in the future”
  2. think SQL still being used in 300 years is evidence Star Trek is a hard SF & a horrifyingly accurate portrayal of the future

50 Ideas That Changed My Life

Theory of Constraints: A system is only as strong as its weakest point. Focus on the bottleneck. Counterintuitively, if you break down the entire system and optimize each component individually, you’ll lower the effectiveness of the system. Optimize the entire system instead.


The Second Law of Thermodynamics: The world tends towards disorder. That’s why your room becomes messier and messier over time.


Baker’s Dozen: The key to good hospitality is to delight your guests with an unexpected gift. If you run a hotel, leave a chocolate on the bed. If you run a bakery, give your customers one extra bagel. If you write a tweetstorm, share an extra idea.

Source: 50 Ideas That Changed My Life — David Perell

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