I know, I know. Another end of the year listicle. Grrrr… In all probability you have already got a dozen of these bookmarked; never to open again. But I promise that this blog post comprises of the absolute best I read/learned last year: books, tweets, blog posts and life lessons.
Non Fiction books:
Yes. It has to feel good. I tell people this a lot — go to the gym, and just sit there, and read a magazine, and then go home. And do this every day. Go to the gym, don’t even work out. Just GO. Because the habit of going to the gym is more important than the work out. Because it doesn’t matter what you do. You can have fun — but as long as you’re having fun, you continue to do it. But what happens is you get a trainer, your whole body is sore, you can’t feel your legs, and you’re not coming back the next day — you might not come back for a year! I worked my way up to 2 hours a day. I ENJOY my workouts. They are my peace, my joy — I get my whole head together! I value that time more than my shower! And it really gets me together. But it’s a habit.
There are times when — I’m not even kidding — there are times when I”m in the middle of a work out, and actually woke up because i am so engrained with going to the gym and being there — it’s that much of a habit to me. The first thing I do in the morning is work out — I lay out my workout clothes the night before, and just hop in ’em. So lay out your clothes, and go to the gym, and relax.
But sooner or later, you WILL work out.”
— Terry Crews
The mindset to persist with something (even if you don’t enjoy it in the beginning) is the most important thing in the world. Be it reading, working out or doing side projects. You don’t have to work out everyday. Just try showing up at the gym instead for half an hour.
— Triple H (WWE Wrestler)
Earlier I used to spend hours daily reading random blog posts on any topic under the sun. Be it Dev, Data Sciences, Marketing or Sales: I had to read it all. Over the past year I have tried my best to cut down on junk reading and only focus on Product, Strategy and UX.
Apart from that, In 2017:
— Peter Thiel
I like setting personal and professional goals for myself. I have yearly goals which I sometime post online. One of them is to visit at least 10 countries by the time I turn 30. Due to various reasons I could never find time to take long holidays over the last few years. This time I cut down on short holidays, took fewer leaves and managed to do a 2 week backpacking trip across South East Asia.
This lesson is not simply about compressing 10 year goals into 6 months. Think of all your long term goals. Ask yourself : What would it take for you to complete those now/in the next month itself.
— Jeff Bezos
This is not just a solid business advice; it can be a thought exercise for your life too. Forget what you would want over the next 2 decades. Ask: What would you not want instead.
Here are some of the things I would never want in my life (not just now but even after 20 years):
Lets think in terms of career. What would employers/businesses want even after 20 years? I can safely bet that the core traits of an ideal employee would not change over time. Every employer would want hardworking folks who have a growth mindset even after 2 decades.
Hence I would rather focus on those aspects instead of worrying about when AI is going to replace me.
— Paul Safe
If you open Twitter now, you will find a bunch of people arguing with each other on the basis of their opinions (inspite of facts which state otherwise). Go to any company and you will find at least a few leaders who are unwilling to accept that they are wrong and keep holding on to their beliefs. Your beliefs should be subject to change on the basis of fresh evidence.
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb
A lot of people giving startup advice on Twitter (including new VCs) have never even worked for a startup. They have not slept at night wondering where the next round of funding would come from to keep the lights on.
Don’t make decisions for others, spew opinions without having skin in the game.
— Naval Ravikant
Long term thinking matters. Instead of transactional short term relationships it is wise to invest in things which build over time.
Best blog posts read this year:
Have a great 2018!
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