(Last updated: 11 Oct 2022)

Some of the most important frameworks/models/principles I learned in the last few years which have helped me in my personal life

  1. The worst case scenario: If everything goes wrong, whats your personal worst case scenario, and is it really that bad?

  2. Write down everything: Organize your thoughts. Develop your philosophy. Get ready to contribute from Day 1.

  3. Avoid zero days: A zero day is when you don’t do a single fucking thing towards whatever dream or goal or want or whatever that you got going on. No more zeros.

  4. It Can All Go To Zero: Perspective can be a useful thing.

  5. Hell Yeah: No “yes.” Either “HELL YEAH!” or “no.”

  6. Proximity is power: Remember it, apply it. It will change your life.

  7. Time Travel: Repetition doesn’t create memories. New experiences do.

  8. FUCK YES, or no.: Only pursue romantic endeavors in which everything seems to flow naturally.

  9. Time is the most expensive commodity in the world: At the end of your life, when you’ve wasted lots of time, try finding someone who will trade you time for your money. It isn’t happening.

  10. There’s no speed limit: If you’re more driven than most people, you can do way more than anyone expects.

  11. Pomodoro: How to Work 40 Hours in 16.7.

  12. 36 questions: The 36 Questions That Lead to Love.

  13. Strong Opinions, Weakly Held: To deal with an uncertain future and still move forward.

  14. Life is short: How you live affects how long you live. Most people could do better.

  15. Life is a Picture, But You Live in a Pixel: You doesn’t live in the picture’s broad strokes, you live at all times in a single pixel of the image—a single Today.

  16. The Work Required to Have an Opinion: The work required to hold an opinion means that you can argue yourself better than others can.

  17. Keep your identity small: There is a step beyond thinking of yourself as x but tolerating y: not even to consider yourself an x. The more labels you have for yourself, the dumber they make you.

  18. Your Whole Life Is Borrowed Time: Your life is essentially a bonus round, consisting entirely of borrowed time from the beginning.

  19. Zig zag vs Straight line; Stop making big decisions and focus on closing the gap with where you want to be.

  20. Say No So You Can Say Yes; Say No to all those things we said Yes to over time, that have accumulated and piled up like driftwood.

  21. 10/10/10; Pick up/ do things which will make you happy in 10 mins, 10 months and 10 years.

  22. Values and N.U.T.s; Define your core values and find your N.U.T.S.

  23. Plan your year through OKRs; Set them in the beginning of the year and share them with people.

  24. Get off the wrong bus; If you really want to get where you set out to go, you’re going to have to get off the wrong bus.

  25. Identify Leaders By Giving People Assignments; Simple, yet elegant way to triage an overwhelming amount of inbound requests to figure out who is really going to make shit happen.

  26. Think in bets; You can’t tell the quality of a decision from the outcome.

  27. Horizontal relationships vs Vertical ones; Vertical relationships are hierarchical, where you see others as being either inferior or superior to you while horizontal ones are egalitarian, you see others as your equals.

  28. All problems are interpersonal relationship problems; We are all suffering in interpersonal relationships.

  29. Share stories, not advice; Try to share stories instead of giving advice, especially in circumstances where I’m missing most of the context.

  30. Boring life; Choose to be actively boring.

  31. Regret minimization framework; What will you regret doing/not doing when you are 80?

  32. 80/20; Lead a pareto life.

  33. Money dial; What if you had a money dial?

  34. If you don’t do something well, don’t do it. Unless you wanna spend the time to improve that; Commit to things you want to spend time improving on.

  35. Done is better than perfect; A life full of MVPs, followed by iterations.

  36. Take your 10-year life plan and ask, Why can’t I do this in six months?; The Peter Thiel question.

  37. Treat it like a spa; Terry Crews’s gym philosophy you can use for anything in life.

  38. Sacca’s Cabin in Truckee; Have a hangout spot people want to go to.

  39. Get fuck you money; A wise man’s life is based around fuck you money.

  40. 20 min optimism rule; Fight natural tendency for smart people to be skeptical and shoot down ideas prematurely.

  41. Build a life/career which can’t be cancelled; “When you have something that can’t get canceled, you can be free,” - Joe Rogan.

  42. Improve your maximum taste; The theory of maximum taste says that each person’s mind is defined by its upper limit—the best that it habitually consumes and is capable of consuming.

  43. Focus on the work, not the person; All that matters is what you do with the ideas, no matter the source. Apply them to your own life in your own way.

  44. Think in metaphors; Learn to see past the example, focus on the lesson, and apply it to your own life.

  45. Never do anything in life that is motivated by a feeling of inadequacy; If you do, it will ultimately backfire and make you feel even more inadequate.

  46. Avoid the perpetually aggrieved; There are two red flags to avoid almost all dangerous people: 1. The perpetually aggrieved ; 2. The angry.

  47. Time billionaire > Money billionaire; 20-year-olds have two billion seconds left.

  48. The Universe Is Basically Playful; It is a musical thing, and we are supposed to sing or to dance while the music is being played.

  49. Do what you are doing; Don’t get distracted from the act of cleaning by thinking about revisions in the tax code.

  50. Think for yourself; Make yourself more independent-minded.

  51. Create then edit; Separate the processes of creation from improving.

  52. 70/20/10 model of learning; 10% of learning from formal sessions, 20% from shadowing mentors& practitioners, 70% from actually doing the work.

Note: I will keep expanding this list