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Welcome the 150th issue! Feels like a great accomplishment! Shane at Farnam Street recently wrote: We
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ʕ ·(エ)· ʔ Nº150 Do Great Things Without Pulling Strings 👍 💡
By Jon Woodroof • Issue #150 • View online
Welcome the 150th issue! Feels like a great accomplishment!
Shane at Farnam Street recently wrote:
We only get one life, “and it seems to be it is better to do significant things than to just get along through life to its end,” writes Richard Hamming in his book The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn. The book explores how we do great things.
So what’s the scoop? According to Shane’s breakdown of Hamming’s book you have to keep the following in practice:
  • You need to believe that you are capable of doing important things. Your mindset determines how you experience things, what you work on, and the tactics and strategies you employ to accomplish those goals.
  • You need to be willing to look like an idiot. Think of this as confidence meets courage.
  • You need to strive for excellence. This isn’t as easy as it sounds but it as an essential feature of doing great work.
  • The conditions you think you want are rarely the ones that help you produce your best work. You need the feedback of reality in order to keep your feet planted on the ground.
  • People who do great things typically have a great drive to do things.
  • Focused investment of only one hour a day can double your lifetime output. Intelligent preparation is like compound interest, the more you invest, the more situations you can handle, the more you learn how to do, so the more you can do, etc. The investment of one hour a day by Charlie Munger to learning new things is an overlooked gem hiding in plain sight.
  • People who do great things tolerate ambiguity — they can both believe and not believe at the same time.
Lastly, inspired by Peter’s latest Fwends issue, I checked Shane’s opening quote attributed to Einstein:
“Einstein argued that genius was 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration”
It was actually Edison! ; )
As always, thank you for reading,
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