Important frameworks/models/ideas I learned in the last few years which have helped me in my professional life:

  1. The orange juice test, designed to sort through candidates based on how they can handle difficult situations and tasks.

  2. The Pyramid Principle for structured thinking and communication.

  3. Mind the Gap Analysis to help you get Promoted.

  4. The “new girlfriend” fixation in start-ups; relevant for startup founders as well as employees.

  5. The Myth of Upper Middle-Class Security

  6. Strike When The Iron Is Hot - AVC

  7. The 20% Rule: Some Success Porn From Theo Epstein That’s Actually Pretty Good.

  8. Invest in Lines, Not Dots

  9. Introductions and the “forward intro email”

  10. Stretching, Executing, Coasting - and Pacing Yourself to Avoid Burnout and why you need a balance of all 3.

  11. Most people won’t

  12. Keep earning your title, or it expires.

  13. Is it Time for You to Earn or to Learn?; you need to match your talents, age, skills, ambition and economic situation with your current reality.

  14. Don’t climb the wrong hill; meander some in your walk (especially early on), randomly drop yourself into new parts of the terrain, and when you find the highest hill, don’t waste any more time on the current hill no matter how much better the next step up might appear.

  15. Always choose growth - part of the reason why Google staff are so easy to work with is because the company is growing.

  16. A forty year career; Not four IPOs, not fourteen two-year stints, but forty years.

  17. Punch above your weight class; Chris Sacca invited himself to meetings and offered to take notes.

  18. Pptimise for Rate-of-learning early in your career; it can be the most valuable compensation for working at a startup.

  19. Work on the most important problems; only way to create a big impact.

  20. Create your own operating system; this is Rabois’. I created mine here.

  21. Work on what matters; Energized over Impactful.

  22. 7 things to look while picking your next job; Find a company which is growing little faster than you are.

  23. Stay as long as you are growing at a similar rate as the company; When do you know it’s time to leave your job?

  24. Bring the juice; If you’re juiceless you’re useless.

  25. Small Slope Mentorship; Look for the person who is 4-5 years ahead of you professionally.

  26. Familiarize yourself with the dozen senior people; Learn how to get those people to say Yes to things.

  27. Ask how you can fail in the next 12 months; Understanding expectations is key during an interview and after you get the job.

  28. Take radical responsibility; Never let anyone outflank you with criticism.

  29. Don’t expect others to do your best; Figure out everyone’s unique skills and channel them to achieve team success.

  30. Unbounded pursuit; Work on unbounded problem statements.

  31. Table Selection; Choose your opponents carefully.

Note: I will keep expanding this list

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