1. be as specific as possible. “agi takeoff fast”: define “agi” “takeoff” “fast”
  2. there’s no such thing as a coincidence
  3. for decisions: autoresolve (1) on specific date (2) to the scary one
  4. let people tell you no. don’t make the decision for them.
  5. if you’re ever confused about what to do, just do the right thing
  6. expectation of progress towards a goal is key to motivation. we are not motivated if we don’t know next step. we are not motivated if we don’t know what the goal is
  7. when sending/receiving important email, snooze it for the date when you want to follow up
  8. set 1 hour timers to surface thoughts in a google doc and 3m timers to write down next steps.
  9. the more you know, the more easily you can see the next steps.
  10. if you don’t have consistent scheduled time for your top goals, you don’t have top goals
  11. what are you being a coward about? be specific
  12. what are you ashamed of? be specific
  13. what makes you angry? be specific
  14. everything has an MVP & final version. MVP can usually be done in 10% of the time with a timer for 5-10-15 minutes & ensures you don’t get stuck. what’s the mvp of your current top goal?
  15. don’t be ashamed to ask “what do you do?” as the first question at parties.
  16. seek out weirdest people at parties.
  17. working on the hardest problems requires incredible amount of courage. acknowledge & embrace fear.
  18. strong intuition doesn’t mean intuition is right.
  19. even if high level intuition is right, without grounding actionable implications likely completely wrong.
  20. seek ground truth and poke reality. don’t settle for proxies or for winning arguments.
  21. never defer key beliefs. do everything possible to find ppl thinking from first principles rather than from what’s reasonable or what someone else believes
  22. be suspicious if you haven’t felt awkward today
  23. ppl good at thinking think that thinking is everything; people good at doing think that doing is everything. doers dismiss thinkers & thinkers are scared of doers.
  24. if there’s something on your mind, write it down & get it out. maintain full attention on what you’re doing.
  25. if you did a sequence of actions 3 times, make a checklist
  26. if you have a thought and you don’t like it, you can tell your brain that you don’t like it and drop it.
  27. add questions & ideas you want to get back to later to anki, snooze tabs, schedule them in asana.
  28. if you don’t find yourself naturally wanting to work in a location, go somewhere else. don’t even bring your computer to the one with bad vibes.
  29. send cold emails. assume that everyone is a friend.
  30. always have a timer on top & use it to avoid getting stuck
  31. what were you thinking about in the shower?
  32. lots of alpha in low status
  33. a reason why being in the bay area important - standards are high! otherwise easy to forget that there are people who need 10 minutes to blow you away with their energy & insight. lots of important ppl intuitions get fucked.
  34. be sus if you haven’t spent a few years feeling like a loser when everyone else was getting ahead
  35. if you never feel a particular emotion, it’s probably the brain suppressing awareness of it or suppressing the emotion directly
  36. read, don’t listen to books.
  37. people think that others have same motivations as them
  38. people protect themselves by projecting their fears on others
  39. you can decide to pay or not to pay attention to things
  40. what’s the default decision?
  41. be sus whenever you want to read & research instead of figuring something out yourself. it’s usually avoidance caused by fear.
  42. grab a piece of paper and write a feelings diagram asking “why” endlessly
  43. if you told someone in the year 1400 that the earth rotates around the sun, they’d either ridicule or burn you.
  44. run, don’t walk. literally. “Slow is fake”
  45. poke at whatever your 15-year old self felt & believed in.
  46. you’ll learn 10x more by talking to the paper’s author for 30 minutes versus reading it for 30 minutes
  47. you can’t improve what you can’t measure. if you want to improve on ground-truth, measure ground-truth
  48. never give up
  49. we become the people whose opinion we care about
  50. we become the people we spend the most time (physically and mentally) with
  51. get to the point
  52. who do you want to be more like? write a list
  53. set 5 minute timers and write next steps
  54. set a 5 minute timer and start doing the next step
  55. how do you feel – not think! – about your current top goal?
  56. every document must have a specific goal written at the top of it
  57. get to inbox 0 every day, unless you have a specific reason not to
  58. set 1 minute timers to surface thoughts
  59. close eyes when thinking
  60. take sundays off
  61. if you don’t want to write google docs, best to avoid me at dinner parties
  62. credible commitment not to engage in a certain stimulus is tantamount to removing it entirely.
  63. intelligence != genius
  64. fewer better arguments
  65. what’s the silver bullet?
  66. cherish friends who tell you things that make you angry
  67. sitting around on the floor with eyes closed thinking & having friends call you a coward both remain extremely underrated
  68. easy to replace systems get replaced by difficult to replace systems
  69. do something courageous
  70. be sus if you’re not asking dumb questions
  71. feeling stupid now is better than feeling stupid in 10 years
  72. if someone is successful but there are no specific problems they solved, it’s probably because they’re good at persuading people rather than solving problems.
  73. some people are not your friends
  74. what’s your purpose?
  75. saying things out loud shows inner conflict
  76. put on your favorite song and dance
  77. keep asking why
  78. who are your mentors?
  79. make sure you trust your own word
  80. reasonable priors are an oxymoron bc the world is just fucking weird
  81. if you want people you don’t like to like you you won’t like yourself
  82. at least 30% of the world’s smartest 22 year olds right now are in the bay area hustling to get an o1/j1/h1b
  83. writing makes thought visible.
  84. will you hire your future boss? think
  85. utility monsters are real
  86. luck favors the prepared
  87. most decisions are fake. we are not aware of options, feel like the right thing is impossible, can’t overcome fear.
  88. most decisions have a silver bullet & are autoresolved if set up right.
  89. wear a funny hat
  90. everything is power-law distributed
  91. everything is power-law distributed
  92. if you’re not failing you’re not operating at the edge. if you’re not operating at the edge, you’re not learning as much as you can
  93. ask for help. especially when you’re scared of asking for help
  94. keep asking why
  95. you haven’t failed until you’ve given up
  96. write google docs
  97. meditate
  98. if someone you respect gives you dumb advice, think about it instead of discarding it immediately.
  99. let the world tell you no
  100. go to a rave get drunk & dance
  101. have a concrete positive vision of the future
  102. seek people who see the future
  103. seek people who don’t get angry at you for saying what you think, being yourself, and doing what you believe is right
  104. love
  105. if you think you’re introverted, find better friends
  106. you decide whether to live in the past or in the future with your every action
  107. what will you regret tomorrow?
  108. in 1 year?
  109. in 10 years?
  110. when a prisoner at auschwitz was trying to escape the gas chamber, other prisoners alerted the guards
  111. never make decisions on the basis of tax rates or rent prices
  112. if you have more than a few months of runway, start spending more
  113. spend 10-20% of your time reorienting
  114. ask the girl you like out
  115. brain is a wet sausage
  116. be kind
  117. if you’re 20, you’re probably underestimating yourself
  118. update all the way
  119. if you weren’t at Los Alamos in 1943, you probably thought nuclear weapons were 20 years away
  120. know what you want
  121. if you feel bad, low energy, depressed, demotivated, there’s probably a reason & there’s probably a solution
  122. the smarter someone is the more they can afford to have terrible epistemics and still be successful
  123. you are permitted to do what you believe is right
  124. autistic visionaries are not natural-born leaders
  125. risks are less risky than you think. take as many as you can.
  126. be loyal to your friends
  127. the richest people lose the most money, the most connected people get rejected the most, the most successful people fail the most
  128. go do something that can fail
  129. reflect on your day at the end of it and write down what you learned
  130. don’t die

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