Synth: Week of 10.12.20

  • Mission — What are you trying to change in the world
  • Members — Who are you writing for? What do they need?
  • Medium — What is the ideal platform?
  • Metrics — Not everything that counts can be counted.
  • Messaging — The way you talk about your community is never neutral, so choose your messaging wisely, and experiment.
  • Inattention, distraction, lack of interest, poor preparation, genuine stupidity, timidity, braggadocio, emotional imbalance, ideological, racial, social or chauvinistic prejudices, and aggressive or prevaricatory instincts.
  • when faced with any kind of recurring task or process, there is usually some way to set up a system to handle it for you.
  • The systems mindset is simply looking for these opportunities in your life to temporarily over-invest in a problem in order to free up more long term resources.
  • “code isn’t scarce; it’s the making part that’s scarce. Code is simply a byproduct; the makers and maintainers are what’s valuable.” — Alex Danco
  • Impatience with action, Patience with results.” — Shaan at All Access Fund
  • “To improve our ability to look at unintended consequences we should consider the system rather than just the perceived outcomes.” — Paul Orlando
  • “A strong community is one of the only remaining moats.” — Ethan Brooks
  • “The only kind of writing is rewriting.” — Ernest Hemingway
  • “It’s hard to know what you’ll consider doing until someone dangles a huge reward in your face, and underestimating how adjustable the boundaries can become when rewards rise is a leading cause of terrible decisions.” — Morgan Housel
  • “The problem with low-probability tail risks is that they’re so rare you can get away with ignoring them 99% of the time. The other 1% of the time they change your life.” -Morgan Housel
  • “Bad decisions happen when there’s only one acceptable version of the future.” — Morgan Housel
  • “most people don’t (and can’t) know exactly what caused their own successes and failures.” — Morgan Housel
  • “The smarter you are, the better you are at constructing a narrative that supports your beliefs” — Annie Duke
  • “Subtle is the Lord, but malicious He is not.” — Einstein
  • “In a complex world, intelligence consists in ignoring things that are irrelevant.” — Nassim Taleb
  • “Kindness is loaning someone your strength rather than reminding them of their weakness.” — Andy Stanley




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