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Someone cares

Seth Godin, Who cares:

No one cares. That happens rarely.

Someone cares. That happens all the time, and it’s at the heart of our work.

Everyone cares. Almost never.

Someone is enough. In fact, someone is the entire point.

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Who is credible and who is not

Shane Parrish interviewing Gary Klein in The Knowledge Project Podcast, #144:

How do we identify the difference between people who know what they’re talking about and not? And to this point, one of the most important decisions I think that we make, and we don’t even recognize that we’re making a decision, is who we listen to and who we decide is credible and who we decide is not credible. And we don’t recognize that we’re making a decision in that moment, but how do we sort out who is credible and who’s not? Or who knows what’re about, or who’s faking it?

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Values to Virtues

Values are just words on a page/wall until we use them to make decisions that cost us money, time, or something else that we consider valuable.

That process transforms a value to a virtue – an idea that we’ve chosen to live by.

– Rohan Rajiv, A Learning a Day

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Compound Returns of Self-Improvement

Tyler Cowen and Daniel Gross about self-improvement in Talent: How to Identify Energizers, Creatives, and Winners Around the World:

If a person improves, say, only 1 percent a year in terms of productivity, it will take about seventy years for that person’s productivity to double. Probably you can’t wait that long, and maybe a mere doubling isn’t so impressive anyway. For that person, what you see is what you get. But say a person can improve by 35 percent a year. That is difficult for many people, but it is hardly utopian, especially for those who are young and/or intellectually flexible in the right ways. Those people will double in productivity every two years. And if their productivity is doubling every two years, after only eight years they are sixteen times more effective. That is how compound returns work. At first the power of the effect seems relatively small, but with the passage of time compound returns are highly significant. (p. 129)

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