Judging a leader


When I was at school I was a don of a floor in my residence. I was jealous of one of the other dons, who had a close personal relationship with everyone on her floor. I was surprised one day to hear that she was actually jealous of me.

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Cold and warm leadership


I got a bad association with leadership in grade school. The teachers always seemed to assign high leadership scores to the kids who were the biggest jerks.

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The past is locked in


The past has already happened. Whatever you did, it’s already in the record books and indelible for all time. There’s nothing anyone can do to change it. It doesn’t matter if it was when you were five years old, or five seconds ago. It’s done.

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Choose your problems


In his book The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck, Mark Manson argues that there’s no such thing as a life without problems. The most you can hope for is to pick the set of problems you want to deal with.

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A hundred tiny reasons


When I left my first job there were a hundred tiny reasons. None were enough to justify leaving on their own, but they added up. I didn’t have another job to go to. I had no idea what to do next with my life.

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Boredom, the great muse


Boredom is the ultimate driver of the human creative process. If anything ever kills human innovation, it will be because we solved boredom.

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