Favorites

This is a list of favorites I’ve been collecting for last couple of months - I’ll try and update it regularly. In an effort to share things as I collect them, expect some of my material to be unpolished.

Blog Posts

Word

Intuition :)

Artists

  • The Kid LAROI
  • Post Malone
  • AJR
  • One Republic
  • Imagine Dragons

TV Shows

  • The Office
  • Modern Family
  • How I Met Your Mother
  • The Good Place
  • Emily in Paris

Mental Models

  • What I can do vs. what needs to be done
  • Learning to spread a message at scale on the internet (e.g. Lil Nas X with Old Town Road, Logan Paul)
  • Stoicism - “Nothing is good or bad, but thinking makes it so”

    • No experience is negative in and of itself, it’s the story we tell ourselves from that experience
    • If you’re sad about something, tweak the story you tell yourself about it so you are no longer sad
  • Education Mindset vs. Learning Mindset
  • 80/20 rule - 20% of inputs lead to 80% of outputs
  • Most extraordinary experiences are spontaneous ⇒:

    • The future is uncertain - you cannot predict or plan what it will look like but you can put yourself in a position where you have the greatest number of options and therefore, the greatest number of possibilities for “spontaneous experiences”
  • Life is a game
  • Figure out your objective function and optimize for what you want in life
  • The Art of Disclosure
  • Never take no for an answer
  • The V-method of learning (similar to top-down approach)

    • Don’t try to learn linearly (i.e. start from foundations and work up) - inefficient In Max Deutsch’s words:
    • I start with a specific, well-documented example of my end goal
    • I try understand how this example works
    • For everything I don’t understand about the example, I research the underlying concepts
    • If I don’t understand the underlying concepts, I research the underlying concepts of the underlying concepts, until I feel I’ve exhausted this path (either by reaching understanding or by reaching a point of diminishing returns)
    • Eventually, I pigeonhole down enough different paths to start seeing patterns in the important underlying concepts
    • I study these relevant underlying concepts, slowly working my way up the knowledge chain, until I’m back at the level of detail of the original example
    • Finally, I reproduce the example based on my new hierarchical knowledge
  • Hofstadter’s Law

    • Always underestimate how much time it takes to get things done
    • Therefore find out (by carrying out a series of experiments) what your scale factor (xmultiplier that it will take to actually finish a task if you think it will take x amount of time) to develop an idea for how long things will take
  • Parkinson’s Law

    • “Work expands to fill the time available for its completion”
  • Speak things into existence
  • All systems are made by people and governed by people ⇒ there is always someone with enough power to give you a special exception

    • Put yourself in other people’s shoes - craft good emails - convince people to help you
  • Share knowledge whenever you can

    • Maybe, hopefully when you publish a paper? How to work on your own research as an undergad?
  • Message people and ask how can I help? When you find someone you want to work with, don’t let them leave without building a relationship
  • Every one loves a good story - if you frame anything in the right way, people will want to listen
  • Eustress
  • Friendship is about emotional safety - past a relationship with interesting conversations, it’s about feel safe telling and sharing with someone else. Ask yourself is this someone I could call at 3am if I needed to talk?
  • People want to be friends with people on the same level - avoid putting people on a pedestal
  • Fundamental Attribution Error

    • Tendency to infer external attributes about ourselves from our behavior (e.g. I cut the car in front of me because I was frazzled) and internal attributes about others (e.g. the person cut me cause they’re a bad driver)
  • Cognitive Dissonance

    • Tendency for people to act in ways that are inconsistent with their belief systems
  • Bi-standard effect

    • Tendency to diffuse responsibility on others when in large setting (i.e. less likely to help when there are a lot of people around compared to fewer people)
  • Halo effect

    • Tendency to assume other positive qualities about a person based on quality we find admirable (e.g. if a person is attractive, then they must also have a good personality)
  • “The Internet has massively broadened the possible space of careers. Most people haven’t figured this out yet.” - Naval Ravikant
  • Be wary of weaponized addictions - alcohol, drugs, porn etc. “In an age of abundance, the pursuit of pleasure for its own sake leads to addiction.” - Naval Ravikant
  • Deep Work - intensely focused periods of time on cognitively demanding tasks (writing, coding etc.) → no distractions
  • Bid for Connection

    • A small thing, verbal or nonverbal that someone does to connect
    • Pay attention to bids around you
  • We cannot control what “luck events” hit us but we can increase our “surface area” for us to catch these luck events
  • When you truly understand something, you don’t need to memorize a definition because you can conjure up the definition from your understanding
  • Constructionism - “What I cannot create, I do not understand”