Here's what you can learn about starting a business from 14 though leaders.
Live for Day 1
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
“‘What does Day 2 look like?’ That’s a question I just got at our most recent all-hands meeting. I’ve been reminding people that it’s Day 1 for a couple of decades. Day 2 is stasis. Followed by irrelevance. Followed by excruciating, painful decline. Followed by death. And that is why it is always Day 1.” -- Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, in his 2017 shareholder letter
“[At Google Ventures] we’ve found that magic happens when we use big whiteboards to solve problems.. As humans, our short-term memory is not all that good, but our spatial memory is awesome. A room plastered with notes, diagrams, printouts and more takes advantage of that spatial memory. The room itself becomes a sort of shared brain.” -- From Sprint, by Jake Knapp
Anxiety will show you the way
“Wake up at least one hour before you have to be at a computer screen. Make a cup of tea and sit down with a pen and paper. Write down the three to five things -- and no more -- that are making you the most anxious or uncomfortable... Block out two to three hours to focus on one of them.” -- Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferriss
“In the next five years, the next billion consumers in China will inject more growth in our economies than the top five European markets together… If we play it right, we’ll see sustainable growth in all our economies.” -- Olivier Scalabre, in his TED Talk “The Next Manufacturing Revolution Is Here”
People > capital
“Total global capital has more than tripled over the past two decades… Any reasonably profitable enterprise can readily obtain the capital it needs… For most companies, the truly scarce resources are the time, talent and energy of their people.” -- Time, Talent, Energy, by Eric Garton and Michael Mankins
“If you keep interrupting your evening to check and respond to email, or put aside a few hours after dinner to catch up on an approaching deadline, you’re robbing your directed attention centers of the uninterrupted rest they need for restoration… Put another way: Trying to squeeze a little more work out of your evenings might reduce your effectiveness the next day.” -- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, by Cal Newport
“The idea is we’ll save bits of time here and there, add it up, and finally get to everything we want to do. But after studying how successful people spend their time and looking at their schedules hour by hour, I think this idea has it completely backward. We don’t build the lives we want by saving time. We build the lives we want, and then time saves itself.” —Laura Vanderkam, author, in her TED Talk “How to Gain Control of Your Free Time”
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