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Timothy Ferriss is an American author, entrepreneur, angel investor, and public speaker. In 2007, he published The 4-Hour Workweek.

A book full of ideas :

  • Contain tips to delegate your work (by email), how to delegate more, to be more productive
  • Discuss about the usage of virtual assistants or VA
  • Where/How to travel

Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.

—JOHN F. KENNEDY”

I can’t give you a surefire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time.

—HERBERT BAYARD SWOPE, American editor and journalist; first recipient of the Pulitzer Prize

 

Challenging the Status Quo vs. Being Stupid

 

The Timing Is Never Right.
I once asked my mom how she decided when to have her first child, little ol’ me. The answer was simple: “It was something we wanted, and we decided there was no point in putting it off. The timing is never right to have a baby.” And so it is.
For all of the most important things, the timing always sucks.

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where …” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

—LEWIS CARROLL, Alice in Wonderland”

 

Practice to ask phone number:

Excuse me. I know this is going to sound strange, but if I don’t ask you now, I’ll be kicking myself for the rest of the day. I’m running to meet a friend [i.e., I have friends and am not a stalker], but I think you’re really [extremely, drop-dead] cute [gorgeous, hot]. Could I have your phone number? I’m not a psycho—I promise. You can give me a fake one if you’re not interested.

 

Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or justice or anything. If you’re a man, you take it.

—MALCOLM X, Malcolm X Speaks

It isn’t enough to think outside the box. Thinking is passive. Get used to acting outside the box.

 

But what if your concern isn’t so much losing your children but losing your mind because of your children?

 

 

People say that what we are seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think this is what we’re really seeking. I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive.

—JOSEPH CAMPBELL, The Power of Myth

 

If you don’t make mistakes, you’re not working on hard enough problems. And that’s a big mistake.

—FRANK WILCZEK, 2004 Nobel Prize winner in physics

 

Don’t postpone decisions just to avoid uncomfortable conversations

 

Note : look in the end the recommended books.

Patrick Lencioni is an American writer of books on business management / team management. The book is articulate in two parts. (1) a story with the concepts of the five dysfunctions and how to overcome them (2) listing of the different dysfunctions and how to overcome them, in a way more academical.

“Politics is when people choose their words and actions based on how they want others to react rather than based on what they really think.”

 

Peter Thiel co-founded Paypal, more recently Palantir, he is a venture capitalist, and hedge fund manager.

Zero to one, published in 2014, is the notes from the entrepreneurship class by Peter Thiel.

The paradox of teaching entrepreneurship is that such formula necessarily cannot exist; because every innovation is new and unique, no authority can prescribe in concrete terms how to be innovative. Indeed, the single most powerful pattern I have noticed is that successful people find value in unexpected places, and they do this by thinking about business from first principles instead of formulas.
Raw notes :
Dot-com crash from 2000 lessons:
  • Make incremental advances
  • Stay lean and flexible. (lean is the code for “unplanned”)
  • Improve on the competition
  • Focus on product, not sales

Economic term : “perfect competition” / monopoly

Conventions, risk averse, education
Distribution is the hidden bottleneck when it comes to sell to small businesses. because of the deal.
The myth of social entrepreneurship
Tesla secured in 2009 a 465$ Loan from the U.S. Department of Energy,