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  1. Aug 2022
    1. If I’m not able to write down any specific experiments, I know the book, video, podcast, article, or thread is just fluff and I should stop reading, listening, watching as soon as possible. This is an incredibly useful tool. Many authors and speakers are extremely skilled at creating the illusion of powerful insights through engaging stories, fortune cookie wisdom, and the use of sophisticated language.

      Major tip for consuming non-fiction

  2. Jul 2022
    1. The only thing that works is to remove yourself from the environment that is causing burnout, and then taking the time off to recover.

      The only way to prevent burnout

  3. Jun 2022
    1. What makes you unique is not your specific attributes. It’s your specific ties to the network around you.
    2. Becoming disentangled from your web of mutual commitments, shared history, and collective responsibility is to be rendered into a transaction, a slave.
  4. May 2022
    1. Somebody once described balance to me as three buckets filled with water. One for career, a second for physical health, and a third for social and family life. At any point, one bucket might be running low. But as long as the overall water level is high enough, things should be fine.

      Balance represented by 3 buckets

    1. 45% less time spent in video & audio calls that day

      I can relate with the author. Spending time in a high number of video/audio calls can drastically decrease my mood

    1. What may be a hassle at first soon becomes habit, and eventually a source of pride and productivity for all involved.
  5. Mar 2022
    1. So, to summarize, don't ask "Any Java experts around?", but rather ask "How do I do [problem] with Java and [other relevant info]?"

      Quick advice on forming questions

    2. You're asking people to take responsibility. You're questioning people's confidence in their abilities. You're also unnecessarily walling other people out. I often answer questions related to languages or libraries I have never used, because the answers are (in a programmer kind of way) common sense.

      Don't ask unspecified questions like "Any Java experts around?"

    1. This isn’t MAIN_PRIORITY, so we aren’t going to do it until at least ESTIMATED_DONE_DATE. Right now our priority is MAIN_PRIORITY because of ONE_SENTENCE_JUSTIFICATION, and this is 100% our shipping focus. I agree this sounds like a really useful feature - once we finish MAIN_PRIORITY, should we consider dropping SECOND_PRIORITY and do it?

      Templates for saying NO

  6. Jan 2022
    1. It isn't about note taking, it's about supporting a brain that simply isn't capable of retaining the level of information that we have to deal with. The ultimate note taking device is actually an augmented human brain that has perfect recollection and organisation.

      What note taking is about

    1. the curse of knowledge. It’s a simple but devastating effect: Once we know something, it’s very difficult to imagine not knowing it, or to take the perspective of someone who doesn't.

      The curse of knowledge

    1. two main problems with framing decisions and policies in terms of usefulness: (1) being useful is not always to our own benefit – sometimes, we are being used as a means to someone else’s end, and we end up miserable as a result; and (2) the lenses themselves of usefulness and uselessness can obscure our view of the good life.

      2 main problems of usefulness

    1. The most important thing you can do is provide actionable feedback. This means being specific about your observations of their work. It also means providing direction about what they could have done differently or what they need to learn or practice in order to improve. If your mentee doesn’t know what to do next, your feedback wasn’t actionable.

      In mentoring, make sure to provide actionable feedback

  7. Dec 2021
    1. be microfamous. Microfame is the best kind of fame, because it combines an easier task (be famous to fewer people) with a better outcome (be famous to the right people).

      Idea of being microfamous over famous

  8. Nov 2021
    1. A lot of us are going to die of unpredictable diseases, some of us young. Really, don't spend your life getting fitter, healthier, more productive. We are all going to die, and Earth will explode in the Sun in a few billion years: please, enjoy some now.

      :)

    1. While people who are both trustworthy and competent are the most sought after when it comes to team assembly, friendliness and trustworthiness are often more important factors than competency.
    2. The researchers found that people who exhibited both competence, through the use of challenging voice, and trustworthiness, through the use of supportive voice, were the most in-demand people when it came to assembling teams.
      • Challenging voice: Communicating in a way that challenges the status quo and is focused on new ideas and efficiency.
      • Supportive voice: Communicating in a way that strengthens social ties and trust, and builds friendly cohesion of a team.
    1. 80% of developers are "dark", they dont write or speak or participate in public tech discourse.

      After working in tech, I would estimate the same

    2. They'll teach you for free. Most people don't see what's right in front of them. But not you. "With so many junior devs out there, why will they help me?", you ask. Because you learn in public. By teaching you, they teach many. You amplify them.

      Senior engineers can teach you for free if you just open up online

    3. Try your best to be right, but don't worry when you're wrong. Repeatedly. If you feel uncomfortable, or like an impostor, good. You're pushing yourself. Don't assume you know everything, but try your best anyway, and let the internet correct you when you are inevitably wrong. Wear your noobyness on your sleeve.

      Truly inspiring! I need to save this as one of my favorite quotes (and share on my blog, of course)!

    4. start building a persistent knowledge base that grows over time. Open Source your Knowledge! At every step of the way: Document what you did and the problems you solved.

      That is why I am trying to be present even more on my social media, or on the personal blog. Maybe one day I will try to open-source my OneNote notes as a Wiki-like page

    5. Whatever your thing is, make the thing you wish you had found when you were learning. Don't judge your results by "claps" or retweets or stars or upvotes - just talk to yourself from 3 months ago.

      This is the exact same mindset I am following since some time, and it is awesome!

  9. Oct 2021
    1. My favourite tactic is to ask a yes/no question. What I love about this is that there’s a much lower chance that the person answering will go off on an irrelevant tangent – they’ll almost always say something useful to me.

      Asking yes/no questions can be more powerul than I thought

    2. instead of finding someone who can easily give a clear explanation, I just need to find someone who has the information I want and then ask them specific questions until I’ve learned what I want to know. And I’ve found that most people really do want to be helpful, so they’re very happy to answer questions. And if you get good at asking questions, you can often find a set of questions that will get you the answers you want pretty quickly, so it’s a good use of everyone’s time!

      Explaining things is extremely hard, especially for some people. Therefore, you need to be ready to ask more specific questions

    1. As a character, I believe that I am quite a responsible and hardworking person. The combination of the two becomes dangerous when you lose the measure of how much you should work to get a job done right.

      That sounds like me, and I completely agree with the author that it can be truly dangerous at times

    1. Reading books, being aware of the curiosity gap, and asking a lot of questions:

      Ways to boost creativity

    2. The difference between smart and curious people and only smart people is that curiosity helps you move forward in life. If you shut the door to curiosity. You shut the door to learning. And when you don’t learn. You don’t move forward. You must be curious to learn. Otherwise, you won’t even consider learning.

      Curiosity is the core drive of learning

    3. Smart people become even smarter because they are smart enough to understand that they don’t have all the answers.

      Smartness is driven by curiosity

  10. Sep 2021
    1. The difference appears to be what the primary causes of that burnout are. The top complaint was “being asked to take on more work” after layoffs, consolidations or changing priorities. Other top beefs included toxic workplaces, being asked to work faster and being micromanaged.

      The real reason behind burnouts

  11. Jul 2021
    1. A deep interest in a topic makes people work harder than any amount of discipline can.

      deep interest = working harder

    2. Whereas what drives me now, writing essays, is the flaws in them. Between essays I fuss for a few days, like a dog circling while it decides exactly where to lie down. But once I get started on one, I don't have to push myself to work, because there's always some error or omission already pushing me.

      Potential drive to write essays

    3. And if you think there's something admirable about working too hard, get that idea out of your head. You're not merely getting worse results, but getting them because you're showing off — if not to other people, then to yourself.

      It is not right to work hard

    4. That limit varies depending on the type of work and the person. I've done several different kinds of work, and the limits were different for each. My limit for the harder types of writing or programming is about five hours a day. Whereas when I was running a startup, I could work all the time. At least for the three years I did it; if I'd kept going much longer, I'd probably have needed to take occasional vacations.

      The limits of work vary by the type of work you're doing

    5. There are three ingredients in great work: natural ability, practice, and effort. You can do pretty well with just two, but to do the best work you need all three: you need great natural ability and to have practiced a lot and to be trying very hard.

      3 ingredients of great work:

      1. natural ability
      2. practice
      3. effort
    6. One thing I know is that if you want to do great things, you'll have to work very hard.

      Obvious, yet good to remember

  12. Dec 2020
    1. Once one has learned how to concentrate, the next thing to learn is to be able to concentrate on the right thing.

      Importance of concentration on the right thing

  13. Nov 2020
    1. You can have more experiences in life by simply paying more attention. What you pay attention to is going to be your life. It's so basic that it hits me.

      The point of attention

    2. Everyone hates the feeling of having wasted their time doing nothing. But, even when I am doing many things in a day, when I am on autopilot, which is to say doing something for the sake of just completing them, I don't feel fulfilled. This makes total sense because the day wasn't filled with any intentionality. There was no mind.

      Try to act with more intentions

    3. Attention is like energy in that without it no work can be done, and in doing work it is dissipated. We create ourselves by how we invest this energy. Memories, thoughts, and feelings are all shaped by how we use it. And it is an energy under our control, to do with as we please; hence, attention is our most important tool in the task of improving the quality of experience.

      Attention is really important

    1. Manolis Kellis: Origin of Life, Humans, Ideas, Suffering, and Happiness | Lex Fridman Podcast #123

      My summary:

      Biology:

      • Life = energy + self preservation
      • Neanderthals could be the reason why wolves/dogs are living closely with humans. Maybe in the past generations, dogs had no choice but to live with humans as they were scared of our power?
      • People evolved from the deep ocean (we're made in 70% of water). We're like transporting the sea with us now
      • Dolphins as mammals came back into the water
      • RNA invented proteins. Later RNA and proteins created DNA
      • Life is like any kind of self-reinforcement such as self-reinforcement of RNA molecules which lead to the evolution process
      • Europa (moon of Jupiter) already evolves some non-DNA life there. Life could exist in its under-ice ocean, perhaps in an environment similar to Earth's deep-ocean hydrothermal vents. It will be fascinating to get to know it

      Life:

      • Don't focus on goals but have a path to prevent the "rat race" sort of feeling
      • Almost every Hollywood movie has a happy ending. It prepares us, humans, really poorly for the bad times in life We need to read/watch more stories with a bad ending
      • Life is about accomplishing things, not about being happy all the time
      • As a parent, don't ask your kid if he's happy but what he's struggling to achieve
      • Most likely, we live on the best planet during the best time as the most beautiful mammals
      • If you understand yourself, you won't seek self-assurance in what other people think of you
      • It's hard to get to know your true self if you live all the time in the same location/environment and have the same friends who would like to have a stable image of you
  14. Aug 2020
    1. Instead of avoiding anything hard, let's turn down the difficulty dial by focusing on small steps.

      If you lack the ability to do something hard, break it into smaller steps

    2. The important part is not only to know the reason, but to feel it, to get excited about it. How to do that? Link the task to a personal goal that you want to achieve. Attach exciting reasons to the task.

      Bad example: Write a thesis

      Good examples:

      • Write a thesis to successfully complete a degree and do cutting-edge research.
      • Write a thesis to deepen your understanding of a subject and get recognized by others in your field.
      • Write a thesis to help others see things more clearly and make progress.
    3. We feel motivated when we viscerally feel how an action is meaningful, or valuable to us and when we believe we can take it

      Where motivation comes from.

      If you don't feel motivated, remind yourself why you planned to do this task

    4. According to FBM, there are three things we need to do something

      Fogg Behavior Model says that we need 3 things at the same time to do something

      • motivation
      • ability
      • trigger

    1. If there were no miracles, what then? Well the answer is really quite boring: notes. I would keep notes religiously of everything, detailed accounts of debugging and records of conversations throughout the day, if even a few words. If it happend I was going to have some recording of it somewhere.

      Notes are what helped the autistic developer to improve his memory problem

    1. Why [[Tyler Cowen]] still responds to every [[Email]] and loves it. He finds time for this because of what he doesn’t do: he hardly watches [[TV]], **his social life is basically the same as his intellectual life **- his social life is geared towards thinking, discussing, exploring ideas. With no TV, you end up with a lot of [[time]]. #[[unproductive internet activities]] Isn’t [[email]] a low leverage use of his time? **He learns a lot from people that email him, and has filtered his audience so it’s mostly smart people. **He does this by being "sufficiently weird". He’s not even sure it’s highly leveraged. He met [[Patrick Collison]] that way. He doesn’t care if it’s highly leveraged if he’s learning from it. #[[Audience Building]]

      By not watching TV you will have more time for activities like responding to every e-mail. You don't have to think that it's unproductive if you exchange thoughts with smart people

    2. As you get older and more successful, it’s harder to get critical [[feedback]] from people. Hang out with critical people and hope you can get benefits. It’s hard to do this. If you are around people that are above you in the hierarchy, you should be critical too. #aging

      On being critical

  15. May 2020
    1. Alternatively, think about the decision in different timelines. Ask yourself: What will be the consequences of this decision in 10 minutes?  10 months? 10 years?

      Another way of examining the second order of decision's consequences

    2. Consider a decision you have to make. Start by looking at the most immediate effects of making this decision – the first order. Then for each of the effect ask yourself: "And then what?"

      The way to examine the second order of decision's consequences

    1. I've found that the most underrated problem solving tool is simply typing out my thought process.I used to be the type who asked a lot of questions until I realized that formulating the question was often more important than getting the answer.

      You're asking a lot of questions? It might be also a sign of formulating/shaping your decisions

    1. This might be super basic, but... assume positive intent.Your parent is not your enemy. Your teacher is not your enemy. Your boss is not your enemy. The other team at work is not your enemy.

      Idea that changed your life: assuming positive intent

    1. Defining what “time well spent” means to you and making space for these moments is one of the greatest gifts you can make to your future self.

      Think really well what "time well spent" means to you

  16. Apr 2020
    1. He is intrigued by the unique qualities of each person, organizes for maximum productivity, has a great desire to learn, can sense other people’s feelings, and is introspective and appreciates intellectual discussions—strengths that have been confirmed both through the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and are reflected in his personal and professional life.

      Way in which you can summarise the results of Gallup's test on your LinkedIn.

      Example profile

    1. Think of mental laziness as a lack of mental exercise. Mental exercise, such as tough decisions, actually burn more calories and impact your overall physiology.

      Mental laziness

    2. Laziness is stagnation without regard for enjoyment or perceptions. In other words it is the opposite of ambition or progression.

      Laziness - interesting definition

    1. Z gier można wyciągnąć też inną naukę. Jeśli Twoim celem jest przejście do następnej lokacji, to czy musisz wykonywać wszystkie zadania poboczne?No nie musisz. Dlatego wyżej, gdy podawałem wymagane umiejętności dla osoby, która prowadzi szkolenia z Reacta, albo pracuje dla startupów, to napisałem “dobra znajomość JSa”, bo “doskonała” nie pomoże Ci w osiągnięciu tego celu.

      Don't overlearn

    2. W miarę jak będziesz się rozwijać i zdobywać nowe informacje, Twój plan będzie trzeba dostosować do nowych warunków.

      Be prepared for a change. Be flexible in defining your goals

    3. Arnie miał wielkie plany, ale nie realizował wszystkich na raz.Skupił się na jednej rzeczy - kulturystyce - bo wiedział, że to otworzy mu drogę do Ameryki i do aktorstwa.

      Think BIG, act small

      (small actions lead to big changes)

    4. Jeśli wybierzesz kilka rzeczy na raz to ryzykujesz, że znowu zaczniesz miotać się we wszystkich kierunkach.Nie polecam takiej opcji, bo właśnie przez takie myślenie kończymy potem wkurwieni, z siwymi włosami i podkrążonymi oczami.Doświadczyłem wszystkich tych trzech objawów i dopiero kiedy skupiłem się na jednej rzeczy, to odzyskałem balans i przestałem się denerwować.

      It's not so effective to have dozens of goals, but the one you can purely focus on

    5. Niestety, jeśli faktycznie chcesz być najlepszą osobą, to z moich obserwacji wynika, że trzeba zapierdzielać.

      Wanna be the best in what you're doing? Oh boy, be prepared...

    6. W czasach młodości Arniego, Reg Park był wielką gwiazdą kulturystyki, sławnym oraz bogatym aktorem i otaczały go piękne dziewczyny.Arnie chciał się wydostać z zadupia w Austrii, przeprowadzić do Ameryki i mieć dokładnie to samo co Reg.Wolność, sławę, kasę i dziewczyny.Wszystkie jego działania były podporządkowane dotarciu do tego celu.Arnie dokładnie zawęził czego chce.

      Taking example from Arnold Schwarzenegger we shall have clear & precise goals

    7. 👉 Wiele osób ma cele w stylu “chcę się nauczyć Reacta”. I jest to zbyt słabo sprecyzowany cel.👉 Celem musi być coś w stylu “chcę się nauczyć Reacta, żeby pracować w firmie X i robić projekty dla startupów z Doliny Krzemowej”.👉 Albo “chcę się nauczyć Reacta, żeby pracować w Facebooku z Danem Abramovem nad kolejnymi wersjami Reacta”.👉 Albo “chcę się nauczyć Reacta, żeby prowadzić szkolenia stacjonarne dla backendowców, którzy nie umieją we frontendy”.

      Instead of planning to "learn machine learning" give it a bit more details, e.g.:

      • "I want to learn machine learning to work at Amazon with the latest technologies"

      In result, achieving your goal will become different (imho better)

    8. Pytać wszystkich wszędzie i powiększaj swoją znajomość tematu. Poszerzaj worek możliwości.Przeszukaj Reddita, Stacka, grupy na Facebooku. Znajdź jakiegoś mądrego człowieka na social media i napisz mu DM.

      Ask everyone/everywhere for advice if you really don't know what you want to do

  17. Feb 2020
    1. Learn how to write good emails, how to present your work, how to phrase your questions in a thoughtful manner.

      Important soft skills to be learned by junior devs

    1. I want to have a choice whether to forget or remember events, and I'd like to be able to potentially access forgotten ones.

      It's better to lifelog than not if we have a choice

    1. Even ignoring quality of life you are looking at a 3-7 fold return on every minute you spend exercising in extended life,[1] perhaps even exceeding that if you are making optimal use of your time. Something just clicked and I was consistent since reading this. Even 1-fold return would worth it: basically you gain free consciousness (quality of thinking is shit when I exercise, but it's better than nothing).

      While exercising, you get additional lifespan, which obviously isn't linear, but still worth the effort

    2. Exobrain, or "second brain", or "brain dump" is something like public wiki where you can keep your notes, ideas and thoughts.

      Exobrain examples:

    3. Annotation is the process of adding a layer of personal (with a potential for sharing) metadata on top of existing content such as highlights, notes, anchors etc.

      Just like I'm doing it here now (annotation) ;)

    4. Human brains seem to be best for generating new ideas. I want to learn more, think faster, distract less, interact and visualize, effortlessly remember everything; not memorize and do routine information processing, which computers seem better at.

      Why Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) is important

    5. Extended mind is the idea that your mind isn't limited by your physical body, but augmented by external means. Paper notes & diaries, data in your computer/phone/cloud – all these things contribute to your cognitive process, thinking and help you navigate the landscape of ideas. One of the biggest motivations to start dumping my brain out here, write and share is to offload my mind a bit and interact with people even in my physical absence.

      Extended mind - idea that our mind doesn't only resist in our physical body

    6. I can't imagine going on a run without my HR monitor, because whatever the benefit exercise has and however exhausting run would be, at least I'll have a data point. learning about routine and trying to optimize routine is also way more fun than doing the actual routine Human body is fragile and needs constant care, but it's still a fascinating mechanism.

      Quantifying self during the run is also my main use. It adds a layer of motivation when I see just the timestamps of all my journeys

    1. quantified self refers both to the cultural phenomenon of self-tracking with technology and to a community of users and makers of self-tracking tools who share an interest in “self-knowledge through numbers.”[1] Quantified Self practices overlap with the practice of lifelogging and other trends that incorporate technology and data acquisition into daily life, often with the goal of improving physical, mental, and/or emotional performance.

      Quantified self relates to all of us managing our life with Mi Bands, Fitbits, etc.

    1. But I think we read a lot of self-help because we need to. As I’ve already mentioned, we need lots of examples to drive this wisdom home. We should be more forgiving of self-help (the genre) and more forgiving of ourselves. Putting wisdom into practice takes requires reading, reflection, and practice—but it’s worth it.

      Read lots of self-help as it's worth it

    2. advice can either be arcane or obvious, general or specific.

      Aim to share the good self-help as the bad self-help might not apply to everyone.

    3. We feel divinely inspired while reading Minimalism, but when it’s time to actually cull our wardrobes, it turns out we have good reasons for keeping everything!

      Read less, apply more!

    4. We’re embarrassed by self-help because (at its best) it’s full of banal platitudes—but these are platitudes because they’re so general.

      We tend to be embarrassed by self-help

    5. Wisdom Knowledge

      Wisdom vs Knowledge: Easily understood Difficult to learn Widely applicable Narrowly useful Hard to implement Easy to implement Self-help Textbooks

    6. So which is it? Is our obsession with self-help embarrassing or admirable? Is self-help snake oil or salvation? I’m going to argue that it’s both.

      Self-help can be good and bad

  18. Dec 2019
    1. I decided that the name of the game is to optimise quality of life. That means, infrequent brutal deadlines, minimal (pref. zero) commute, opportunity to learn, and spend time with family and friends and be of use to society at large.

      Advice for happy life:

      • infrequent brutal deadlines
      • minimal (preferably 0) commute
      • opportunity to learn
      • spending time with family and friends
      • be of use to society at large
    1. My mom is the best example of how to enjoy life in the present. She takes her work seriously, but doesn't take herself too seriously, and by putting fun first, every accomplishment and accolade is merely a bonus

      70 yo's secret to a full and happy life