SKINNY&bald: Musings of Ben Fisher

Learn Faster Than You Think You Can!

“On most days I listen to audiobooks during the time that I spend driving. I’m able to consume about 1 – 2 books a week this way.”

“. I tend to read the words by saying them in my head which goes against most recommendations about speed reading. I then discovered Audible (now my favorite Amazon product) and the 3x speed option. I was hooked. I love listening to Audible at 3x and also love the YouTube 2x speed option for videos.”

You don’t need more advice, you need more practice

“you don’t need more advice unless it’s going to help you take action and get more practice.”

“You should start with people whom you or other people on your team already know.”

“Ask yourself what’s working that’s got you your current customers. Then just figure out how to do more of that.”

“I’m not suggesting you make hasty decisions. You should make smaller decisions, more frequently that are based on experimentation to learn.”

“focus on what action they can take next.”

“What I’ve noticed is that the people who are able to progress and grow the fastest are the ones who take the advice of others (when they need it) and get right to doing something about their situation.”

“my best meetings are when the other person is ready to take action right away after the meeting. That involves helping someone think about their current situation in a better way. I provide thoughts and feedback on what the person should do next. The advice I give is always focused on action towards growth and progress.”

“The component of entrepreneurship that really matters is domain expertise. The way to become Larry Page was to become an expert on search. And the way to become an expert on search was to be driven by genuine curiosity”

“So strangely enough the optimal thing to do in college if you want to be a successful startup founder is not some sort of new, vocational version of college focused on “entrepreneurship.” It’s the classic version of college as education for its own sake. If you want to start a startup after college, what you should do in college is learn powerful things. And if you have genuine intellectual curiosity, that’s what you’ll naturally tend to do if you just follow your own inclinations.”

“one guaranteed way to turn your mind into the type that has good startup ideas is to get yourself to the leading edge of some technology—to cause yourself, as Paul Buchheit put it, to “live in the future.” When you reach that point, ideas that will seem to other people uncannily prescient will seem obvious to you. You may not realize they’re startup ideas, but you’ll know they’re something that ought to exist.”

“The way to come up with good startup ideas is to take a step back. Instead of making a conscious effort to think of startup ideas, turn your mind into the type that startup ideas form in without any conscious effort”