Antanas Bernatonis asked:
"I would love to ask if you could come back in your 20s, what would you do on everyday basis? Where would you invest your time and what would be the main advice you could give to yourself?"
I will start with my belief that every human being has a unique story of life, a unique path of how they got to where they are today. It is quite rare that the advice of a person to themselves apply to somebody else. Thus, don't take my answers for granted. They will probably not be useful pieces of advice for you or anyone else because of everyone's unique situation.
I would suggest to ask the right questions to yourself and figure out the answers by yourself in a way that makes the most sense to you, as you have the most in-depth knowledge of yourself. And I suggest starting with the question 'What kind of life you want to have?'.
Getting back to Antanas' questions, I can say that I feel quite happy where I am today. Thus I wouldn't change anything that I was doing in my 20s. And what was I doing? In my early 20s, I was coding 12-16 hours per day, it was my passion, I loved the process of building software and its impact on people. I mastered my professional skills. However, I wasn't mastering my soft skills, everything human-related. I was so bad at them that I even wasn't aware they exist. The phrase "emotional intelligence" was just a random buzzword to me. In my late 20s, I was running a company with 100+ people. My professional skills were irrelevant in that position. Soft skills were those which were needed the most. However, I had them completely undeveloped. Therefore my advice to myself would be "figure out what the heck is emotional intelligence and master it as good as you code".
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If you are a founder or a CEO, read this great interview with Daniel Ek, Founder and CEO of Spotify.
In this interview:
On a Typical Day →
On Good Meetings →
On Being Intentional with Time →
On Personal Time Management →
On Creating an Open Calendar →
On Company Bets →
On Delegated Decision Making →
On Working in Flow →
On Learning as a Personal Habit →
On Founders →
On Spotify and Content Acquisition→
On Creative Process →
On Acquisitions →
On Shadowing Other CEOs →
On his Personal Leadership Style →
On Handling a Board →
On Swedish Culture →
On Algorithms →
On Becoming a Father →
As a CEO, I often have no clue what I am doing, what is my job/role, and where this company is going to. I often think that the company I am building is a total BS 💩.
Also, I sometimes feel that we are implementing the most genius idea, and it will turn over the world. And then I have a crystal clear clarity of the future and how we are going to get there 🚀.
Then I ask myself if I am slightly bipolar, and googling around that proves true 😭.
If you can relate to this, don’t worry, this does not prevent you from building a unicorn 🦄. Surprisingly 🤷♂️.
Sam Altman, CEO @ OpenAI, ex President @ Y Combinator writes about idea generation:
“The best ideas are fragile; most people don’t even start talking about them at all because they sound silly. Perhaps most of all, you want to be around people who don’t make you feel stupid for mentioning a bad idea, and who certainly never feel stupid for doing so themselves.”
“Finally, a good test for an idea is if you can articulate why most people think it’s a bad idea, but you understand what makes it good.”
Read full post here: https://blog.samaltman.com/idea-generation