Zero To One

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Much the same as Language in Thought and Action, it is another short book, but packed full of wisdom and counterintuitive, yet difficult to defeat ideas. Equal first so far for the year and ranks highly on the list of all-time reads.

One of the (many) ways of categorising a genius is someone who presents an idea so powerful, that afterwards it can only seem obvious and to be common sense. Thiel is a genius in this regard. However, I fear that because his ideas make so much sense once explained, many will miss the fact that they have completely flipped their views on a topic and consider many of his teachings as “obvious”, yet this only occurs in retrospect.

Thiel opens the book powerfully when he asks: What important truth do very few people agree with you on? And quite simply, it only ramps up from there. Not all of Thiel’s views are widely accepted, and I think I only recently was I read to accept many of his arguments. Had I read this 6 months ago, or maybe even more recently, I doubt I would have got as much from it. Regardless, I will be reading again for sure.

Notable Quotes:

“The most valuable businesses of coming decades will be built by entrepreneurs who seek to empower people rather than try to make them obsolete.”

“In the most dysfunctional organizations, signaling that work is being done becomes a better strategy for career advancement than actually doing work”

“You should focus relentlessly on something you’re good at doing, but before that you must think hard about whether it will be valuable in the future.”

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