Fake it until you make it. One is whomever he pretends to be.
Ineptocracy: a system of government in which the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing value, and in which members of society least likely to sustain themselves are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of the ever-diminishing producers.
The method of storage must not place any restraints on the information.
People feel differently depending on how things are drummed up.
Start early to finish early. Remove from the future what can be taken care of now.
First words are more valuable than second ones.
Passion is a combination of anger and love.
People are beautiful without make-up.
Emotions need to be lived through. Suppressing sadness or anger only creates stress.
Experience doesn’t matter when it consists of doing terrible things.
Never sign away rights.
One mostly full person is better than two mostly hungry people. Splitting is communist.
Listen to your gut. If there’s a weird feeling, do something.
Big companies are okay with more regulation because it prevents smaller ones from competing with them.
Set up the right incentives. Otherwise participants will start gaming specifications.
Never delay difficult conversations.
No binary system can adequately define people’s interests and skills.
Don’t wait for inspiration. Start now.
Dominate an industry by creating it.
Paul Graham: “It's hard to be independent-minded without being somewhat socially awkward, because conventional beliefs are so often mistaken, or at least arbitrary”
Don’t be afraid to play the long game.
Overlap doing what you like with what others need.
Geography impacts culture.
The fear of capitalism comes from cronyism.
Do not negatively affect any living thing unless it is highly likely to harm you.
Socialists are the greedy ones because they want to live beyond their own productivity.
The individual is the most important minority.
Study others’ experience to avoid repeating their mistakes.
The last one in is the first one out.
Armed people cannot be enslaved.
Good actors take real risks.
Never give the slightest intimation of intention.
Never surrender to emotional movements.
Good design takes advantage of human psychology.
Far too many put optics above actually good decisions.
Technology knows no jurisdiction.
Have a bias towards correct actions.
Be ruthlessly pragmatic, not dogmatic. Commit to the problem, not to a solution.
See no barricades to making life better for everyone, every day.
Don’t try to erase your mistakes from history. If people can see how, why, and when you changed course on something, they’ll trust you more than if your previous position just vanishes.
Never accept the senseless and bureaucratic check-the-box approach. Use your mind instead!
If 96% get vaccinated, there will be no control group.
The carrot-and-stick approach exists for foreign policy, not oppression of one’s own people.
Reality is negotiable.
Aim for magic.
Our old beliefs should not define who we are in the future.
Nothing should be dull.
Exclusive is the opposite of inclusive.
The irreplaceable are unpromotable.
Experience erases prejudice.
Place honesty above fake politeness.
If you truly believe in something, you sign your name to it. Tell the truth even if your voice shakes while doing so.
Never reveal your strategic advantages.
Growth is important, but not as much as mojo is.
Every commercial transaction has within itself an element of trust.
Annotate the world.
Being right is not enough. One must also be effective.
Be a skeptic: challenge assumptions and question everything.
One can learn anything.
Banning the public from using something means giving the government a monopoly on that something’s use.
Truth cannot be clear if somebody controls the spread of information.
We are not defined by our difficulties. We’re defined by how we respond to them.
Under-promise and over-deliver.
Perfection has an infinite cost.
Real winners are not afraid of losing.
Remain independent and stay true to your values.
No business plan survives first contact with the customer.
Pain, frustration, anger, and laziness bring about innovation. Rage-fix the world.
Be a leader, not a boss.
Instead of adding tools, remove obstacles.
Nature is the greatest inspiration.
The welfare of humanity has always been the alibi of tyrants.
One can lose money and earn it back again. Reputation is way more fragile.
The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is not letting him know that he is in prison.
Stop wishing and start doing. Don’t be the one who complains about problems, be the one who solves them.
My life is my message.
Pave the cowpaths.
Start as you intend to proceed.
History helps: it’s a record of how things usually go wrong.
Collected data tends to eventually be used against the people.
Knowing facts isn’t the same as understanding.
Nobody becomes better by fitting in.
When fighting monsters, don’t become a monster yourself.
When people really want to believe something, they’ll fall for anything that seems to prove their point.
Have the courage to be disliked.
Win before the fight even starts.
Be alert, not anxious.
I do what I truly want, not what others say I should want.
“Impossible” is a word that is found only in the dictionary of fools.
Unsolicited advice is worthless advice.
Don’t act like experts. Act like explorers.
We don’t know everything, so don’t pretend that we do.
Don’t read the Times. Read the Eternities.
Take risks to pursue your fascination.
Smart people are being silenced so stupid people won't be offended.
Minimise regrets: if you didn't do what you did, you wouldn't be where you are.
It’s easy to be a communist in a free country. Try being free in a communist country.
Being paranoid helps with surviving.
Just as medicine is useless if it does not remove sickness from the body, philosophy is useless if it does not remove suffering from the soul.
If a government has extra powers during an emergency, what’s to keep it from extending the emergency indefinitely?
Reducing the amount of unnecessary rules frees up time for useful activities.
Minimise hierarchies. Maximise personal autonomy.
Never lower your guard.
Streamline every sentence.
Offer solutions that do good, not responses that feel good.
Working to benefit society maximises individual happiness.
Virtue signalling doesn’t defeat evil. Brave people do.
First, truth is ridiculed. Then it is violently opposed. In the end it is accepted as self-evident.
Soft-kill weapons should be called slow-kill weapons.
Expectations are thieves of joy.
Rob Braxman explains the problem with email (it’s the omnipresent metadata)
Government has one mission: to eliminate itself without creating any new suffering.
Don’t become trapped in a mindset.
Don’t invest in the past.
Never ignore warning signs.
Don’t become used to living in chaos.
Don’t ask permission to improve the world.
An erudite displays less than he knows. A journalist or consultant does the opposite.
Profitable businesses don't need investors. Debt is cheaper than equity.
If something can be destroyed by the truth, it deserves to be.
One who finds contentment does not need entertainment.
For every 1% improvement in service quality, there’s a 2% increase in revenue.
Put quality over flash.
The only reason they take away water at airport security is to later sell their water for thrice the price (or even more).
Emotion: energy in motion.
There are people in power who want to see what others will submit to.
Put great effort into doing things right, as opposed to what might be popular.
Capitalism and free markets are magical.
Almost Pizza, from Pfizer.
School is a heartless monster that extinguishes the light of a child.
The soul is more important than flesh.
Priorities define processes.
Disagreement adds engagement.
Try to show instead of explaining.
Constant optimism is stupid. Cautious optimism is smart.
There should never be a single point of failure.
See decisions not as final choices, but as experiments.
Freedom leads to prosperity.
Fashion doesn’t matter, beauty does. People are beautiful without make-up and fancy clothes.
Common wisdom is often bullshit.
I optimise for happiness.
Keep the quality high, even if it means growing more slowly.
Anyone who shows weakness is briskly crushed.
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Joe Biden on December 3, 2020: “All kidding aside, ‹...› if I reach something where there’s a fundamental disagreement that we [he and Kamala Harris] have based on a moral principle, I’ll develop some disease and say I have to resign”
Rebelliously right the wrongs of the world.
Fix the problem, not the pain.
Capitalism: unequally shared blessing. Socialism: equally shared misery.
Boycott Communist China into fiscal irrelevance. I haven’t bought anything made there since March.