Issue #313, 23rd November 2018

This Week's Favorite


Learn From Times Iterated Over Time Spent. Craft a Thousand Tweets Before Ten Blog Posts Before One Novel. Skim a Dozen Books Before Absorbing One. Make Many Small Investments Before a Few Big Bets. Build Many Small Products Before Starting a Company. Explore, Then Exploit. (Thread)
5 minutes read.

I cannot start this edition of SWLW without including Naval is the first choice. His twitter threads are always insightful and this one is also spawned a lot of interesting observations. Using the mental model of compounding learning is something I got from him.

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Culture


I Think I Found a Prob... No, Wait, It’s Fine #Devops #Sysadmin
1 minutes read.

My humble effort to help you start the weekend with a smile on your face.

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I Used to Think Titles and Organizational Hierarchy in a Small Startup Was a Bad Thing. I Was Mistaken. (Thread)
4 minutes read.

Titles and hierarchy are bad when given as a prize to bring people in or to keep people around. It's a sin I've seen before in small startups and naturally in bigger companies (more opportunities for it to happen). Some people respect the profession of being a manager, thinking about how to make this formula work: 1 Manager + 3 IC > 4 IC. Promote these people, who care about making others around them much better.

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All of These Brilliant People (@Nntaleb @Naval @Nickkokonas) Talk About the Importance of Doing Things or Investing in Things With “asymmetric Risk” (Huge Upside, Limited Downside). But I’ve Never Seen a List of What Those Things Might Be. Let’s Create One. I’ll Start... (Thread)
4 minutes read.

I'll add one to James Clear's list - Starting a newsletter about leadership in the software world in 2013, where most people thought that "newsletters are not cool anymore." Taking the time to write my favorite takeaways every Friday in the past 313 weeks created more opportunities (e.g. speaking engagements) and relationships that I could have ever anticipated.

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1/ in the Literature of Growth & Marketing, There Is This Concept Called “loops” I’m Curious to Explore “loops” in the Context of How People Make Career Decisions and Think About How to Build Career Capital Over Time. (Thread)
4 minutes read.

“What are the things that if you do, today, make it easier for you to have the career opportunities and resources you desire, tomorrow, in a way that compounds and is defensible?” -- Try to ask yourself this question. What would be your answer? Share it with a few colleagues at work, and try to learn from each other on how to set the right habits to make a step forward in that direction every day.

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Peopleware


What Would You Describe as the Unifying Theme of Your Work? (Thread)
4 minutes read.

Devon knows how to ask big and terrific questions (follow her!). I thought a lot about this question, and I don't have a good answer yet, but here it is: "Aligning companies and individuals through narratives & incentives to enable exponential growth." What would be your answer?

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Name One Idea That Has Changed Your Life (Thread)
3 minutes read.

Mine is "Being happy is a skill". I'm still learning how to improve at that.

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Inspiring Tweets


@lucperkins: “Software Engineers Don’t Care About Docs and They Don’t Want to Write Them.” That Is Almost Always False. We’re Just Not Giving Them the Resources to Do So. Give Them the Time, Tools, and Training. Make It Part of Hiring and Advancement.

@unativ: One of the Challenges as a Manager Is to Differentiate Between Speaking Your Opinion and Sharing From Your Experience.

- Oren

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