Strong ideas weakly held.” Someone with strong ideas should know the topics well and have researched all side of the issues. By keeping this strong views weakly held the person can adapt as new information and idea arrive.
The more I learned in life, the more people have wanted to pay me to learn more so I can help them solve problems and find new opportunities.
Learn to sell. In business you’re always selling – to your prospects, investors, and employees. To be the best salesperson, put yourself in the shoes of the person to whom you’re selling. Don’t sell your product. Solve their problems.
Your customers can tell you the things that are broken and how they want to be made happy. Listen to them. Make them happy. But don’t rely on them to create the future road map for your product or service. That’s your job.
Work like hell. I mean you just have to put in 80- to 100-hour weeks every week. This improves the odds of success. If other people are putting in 40 hour work weeks and you’re putting in 100 hour work weeks, then even if you’re doing the same thing, you know that you will achieve in four months what it takes them a year to achieve.
There are no hard problems, only problems that are hard to a certain level of intelligence. Move the smallest bit upwards [in level of intelligence], and some problems will suddenly move from “impossible” to “obvious.” Move a substantial degree upwards, and all of them will become obvious.
Physics is a good framework for thinking. Boil things down to their fundamental truths and reason up from there.
In most cases, a story succeeds when you connect a smaller idea or action to something bigger — a purpose, a movement, an emotion. This is how you get people to follow you on a journey.