Elon Musk Is Making the Future Better

The world is a better place for Elon Musk. I want him to succeed… And I’m genuinely worried about his health and the stress that he’s under with his various world changing projects. In his epic interview with Joe Rogan, Elon Musk said: “My goal is to do useful things, maximize the probability that the future is good, and make the future exciting” He often frames his work by thinking to himself… “What are the set of things that I can do to make the future better?” Overall, Elon is…

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A Boring Substrate

Elon Musk offered many useful insights during his interview with Joe Rogan. One was about the probability of all of us living in a simulation. He said, if we are living in a simulation, it is likely built upon a very boring substrate. Elon used the example of filming an action movie… Watching the movie be created is incredibly boring… Not cool at all. It looks hard, overly complex, confusing and slow. But what comes out the other end is an exciting distillation of the most exciting things about being…

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Future You

If you want to make better decisions in the present, it might help to imagine the “ideal you” in the future. By envisioning yourself living the life you want to live, it can ground you in the present. Say you are having trouble doing what you know you need to do… Whether that’s losing weight, or cutting back on sugar, or stopping drinking, or forcing yourself to make cold calls. When you find yourself procrastinating, or you’re tempted to act badly… Take a moment and breathe. Imagine yourself thin, wealthy,…

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The Real Charles Xavier

Charles Xavier is a fictional Marvel comic book character, but a lot of people feel like “mutants” in real life… Persecuted. Misunderstood. Or, depending on your perspective, freakish. I can’t speak for all the freaks, but to me Seth Godin is not a bad proxy for a real life Professor X. Indeed, his dome is very shiny. He’s not bound to a wheelchair, thank God. Seth’s School for Gifted Youngsters is actually located in Westchester County (it may or may not contain an aircraft hangar). The real life leader of…

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Visible and Invisible Tools

By merely looking at you, to a detached observer, you may appear to have all the tools needed to excel at a sport or in a particular career. Indeed, if the detached observer was the gambling type, given the opportunity he or she might even wager that you stand to be wildly successful at your chosen task… Whatever that may be. But like the tip of the iceberg, the visible factors are only one part of the equation. Appearance doesn’t tell the whole story. What is happening beneath the surface…

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Back to the Dorm

Seth Godin’s post, “The Dorm Room Startup Mindset” reminds me that it’s OK to start before you’re ready. Making progress is more important than getting it perfect. To quote Earl Nightengale, “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.” The process of building things looks different today than it did, say, 15 years ago… Back then it was harder to go to market. Today it’s easier than ever to go to market with only a concept. Anyone with an idea, sweat and elbow grease can contribute their energy that…

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Tied Up With Freedom

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What is your ego tied up with? Is your ego tied up with a particular sport, or driving a type of car or being a member of a club? Is your ego tied up with a career, such as having a job on Wall Street? If you’re a creative person, your ego might be tied up with the ability to produce great, new ideas. Or maybe your ego is tied up with being with a beautiful man or woman. Perhaps your ego wants it all… You want to be great…

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Comprehension vs. Understanding

Understanding and comprehension are slightly different. We can comprehend something without truly understanding it. Hindsight is often the difference. First hand experience provides a deeper understanding that can lead to behavioral changes whereas comprehension, even with common sense, may not affect behavior either way. By experiencing things first hand, you not only gain an understanding but also your tolerance for whatever it is you are learning about.  

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The Anomalous Observation

Pattern recognition helps us navigate the world using a form of stereotyping. However, when a pattern deviates from the standard, we’ll experience an anomaly. Anomalies are peculiarities or inconsistencies in what is expected. An anomalous observation is often immediately ignored… But sometimes anomalies can be business opportunities. For instance, Akio Morita created the Sony Walkman by initially observing that teenagers were carrying ridiculously large radios next to their heads. It didn’t make sense, but they were doing it anyway. This observation led to the creation of the Walkman which changed music…

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Success is Largely Mental

Success is largely a mental game… To accomplish what you know you can and should accomplish, you need to take care of your brain and body as a first priority. This means exercise, eat right, get sleep, don’t drink alcohol or do drugs. If you do drink, do it rarely and in moderation… If you can stop drinking (especially if you want to stop), do so. Everyone’s different. Some people can literally destroy their bodies and brains and still function at a high level. I am not one of those…

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