400 Powerful Life Lessons From TimeCamp’s CEO

  • November 21, 2017
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400 Life Lessons From TimeCamp's CEO.

Today TimeCamp presents a special article. 400 Life Lessons From TimeCamp’s CEO. We are proud and happy to share them with our readers and customers, and reveal some of our CEO’s secrets. Take a sit, make a cup of coffee and indulge yourself in this long! but an intriguing list. We hope you find something helpful. Enjoy!

  1. Never do anything in advance because often you may not need it after all.
  2. What are my irrational behaviors? Maybe asking what others think of me, or wondering if they have more money than me, that they are better than I am?
  3. What games am I playing? You might not realize it but real life is a game of strategy. There are some fun mini-games – like dancing, driving, running – but the key to winning is simply managing your resources.
  4. Should be being “good enough” enough or should I strive for perfectionism?
  5. Great people become great by looking at their mistakes and weaknesses and figuring out how to get around them. But there is an opposite idea – that great people are great because they use their strengths.
  6. What is the meaning of life? Was my life well-lived? This question is abstract, it changes all the time. But at the end, you just feel if you lived most of the life well.
  7. Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying “I’ve done something wonderful” is what matters to me.
  8. I don’t play other people’s games.
  9. The best happiness is when you have peace of mind, but people will always find reasons to be anxious, constantly getting away from what they desire. And the more they try, the more they disturb themselves and regress.
  10. Don’t treat life too seriously.
  11. If you cannot be trusted to check your work and to make it easily checkable by others, you won’t get hired to do anything important – checkable work.
  12. The quality of life is a function of what you go in life with – I spend time with people who I feel great with and love spending time with. Who make me feel great, happy, who I can dream with. It’s not worthy to spend time with people who are hard-working but have negative thinking and mindset.
  13. Stop complaining about problems, solve them.
  14. Exponential vs. linear/local (today global is exponential).
  15. Whenever you find yourself in the majority, it’s time to think and reflect – avoid falling to the average.
  16. Dream big, be revolutionary, and go ten times bigger than anybody else (no 10% bigger you compete with everybody), (simple measure for people – are you working on something that can change the world? – yes or no – 99.999 of people in the world) – it’s hard – I fundamentally believe in it – “when 99% of people doubt your ideas, you’re either greatly wrong or about to make history.”
  17. How do you try to disrupt yourself? (every company will be disrupted at some time)
  18. Is there a billion people problem that you can focus on (and be passionate about)?
  19. How can I accomplish a goal I set for 5 years in 6 months?
  20. What questions do you ask that other people don’t ask? Are they psychological tools? Do you try to emulate? What do they have in common? Point out flaws in your thinking, in your operating system.
  21. We can cut away unimportant parts until we have nothing but the essence to focus on (like Picasso with bulls, started full, left with a couple of lines and ovals).
  22. Focus on essentials.
  23. The way to get good ideas is to get lots of ideas and throw the bad ones away.
  24. Touch the problem to see hidden things.
  25. The second strategy to learn: when you are stuck, purposely do something that will fail in order to get a better idea.
  26. The first strategy to learn: try your best. Then, identify and separate the mistakes that caused the failure.
  27. Permissions to made mistakes “Im going to have to try and fail nine times before I can accomplish what I aim for. But the 10th time I try, I will succeed.”
  28. Identify and Not Tolerate Problems (prioritize problems). Diagnose the Problems (the root of them).
  29. Stories.
  30. Diagraming.
  31. I concentrate too much on my head’s inside.
  32. The first principle: reasoning.
  33. Whose good do I really want?
  34. There are more important things than other people’s feelings. Just because someone is offended, doesn’t mean they’re right.
  35. Switch between mindsets.
  36. Sifting the Essential from the Non-Essential – you’ve got whole categories of things you just bat away so your brain isn’t cluttered with them. That way, you’re better able to pick up a few sensible things to do.
  37. Think in the categories of what can bring the biggest change (don’t care about the little things that change by only a millimeter).
  38. When I’m back at work after a long break, I can see the little things that annoyed me or were a waste of time.
  39. Clearly Separate Opinion From Fact (CSOFF).
  40. Comfort zone is real. I have to have the energy to go outside my comfort zones and make progress. Comfort zones are also thoughts. I should go outside my typical way of thinking. Whatever scares you, go do it.
  41. Don’t hesitate. Act immediately. You have to learn to do things straight, not filter them, prepare. For example, when there is someone important to work with I just work with him/her. That’s an important skill.
  42. Don’t romanticize things (I made something romantic – I can say so when I think about something in a romantic way).
  43. Comparison thinking.
  44. Goal thinking (long term will give you perspective) – the principle of looking through the goal.
  45. Ask: Would you be satisfied to pay someone for the work you’ve done during the day?
  46. Thinking model can I dig dipper to the root of the problem?
  47. Better thinking = better questions.
  48. There’s always the third option when someone gives you only two.
  49. Train your emotions not to have too many of them. Don’t you think better when they do not obstruct your mind and don’t put pressure on your stomach? Who needs them in today’s world?
  50. See the difference between forest and trees. What are the details, what is the big picture view? Don’t go into details, it doesn’t bring you closer to the goal or to what you want. See trees from the forest and forest from the trees.
  51. Believe nothing, no matter where you’ve read it, or who has said it. No matter if you have said it unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
  52. “Tasks that you are driven toward by Gain produce more significant positive results in your life and your business than tasks that you are driven toward by Prevent Pain.”
  53. You are whatever you pretend to be.
  54. Stop wasting time and energy on complaints and regrets.
  55. Put some limits on everything you do. Don’t spend too much time on TV, work, reading, sleeping.
  56. The habit of saving your strong will. Your strong will has limits per day.
  57. Be idealistic because if you aim higher, you’ll become what you can be. I really want to be with people that seek perfection. And that is who I am. (Steve Jobs)
  58. The habit of being a minimalist. The less I own, the happier I am.
  59. The habit of being assertive.
  60. Think big.
    1. Find out the price (hours, money, energy).
    2. Pay the price (other things that I won’t do).
    3. Build a snowball.
  61. Quality is not an act, it is a habit.
  62. Jesus forgives other people.
  63. Choose your niche, you cannot be great at everything, your life is limited. To achieve something meaningful, you must step out and not jump from thing to thing.
  64. Comparisons are very important. Without comparing I wouldn’t know what is happiness vs unhappiness. What is good vs what is bad. It is helping me make choices. So, I compare and feel better about the choices I make.
  65. There is a power law.
  66. Without emotions, there is no decision-making.
  67. Our brains behave like a beachball filled with bees. Hundreds of conflicting impulses, pushing us in different directions.
  68. If you want to follow your dreams, you have to say no to all the alternatives. The problem is that too many great ideas cancel each other out. You rarely have time for everything you want in this life, so you need to make choices. And hopefully, your choices can come from a deep sense of who you are.
  69. There are a lot of opposite ideas, and they are often both 100% valid. Thinking about the future versus be here now. Focus on more versus focus on less. Work time versus leisure time. Perfectionism versus making things good enough. I should not blame myself for choosing one. They are both ok. Don’t stress out.
  70. Life is a maze, not a marathon.
  71. People are self-centered. They don’t care about others.
  72. People are like children, they try until they are hurt or feel pain.
  73. Don’t start with the lower position when talking with others. They will treat you like you are in a lower position.
  74. I must train and increase my mental power. I should have higher mental power than others.
  75. New research suggests that being in charge is appealing because it offers freedom—not because it allows people to control others.
  76. To get people to do what you want, get their attention. Show what to do. Make them feel something. Tell them why.
  77. All people need control and feedback. If you don’t give it, you will rob those people of learning.
  78. I look at the stars and cosmo, to gain perspective of how little I am, and that 100 years of my life will be a very short period. Look at the cosmos and stars and billions of years ahead. And reflect how small you are.
  79. We can only read 1500 books but there are millions of those in your lifetime. Don’t be anxious about choosing the right ones.
  80. Choose and be happy here and now. We can only work 80k hours. We only leave 23k days. We can only have couple girlfriends. We have only one family.
  81. Willpower fades throughout the day and is replenished slightly by eating, and completely by a good night’s sleep.
  82. Understanding the limits, and operating within them, is critical to ensuring long-term success.
  83. People have limited information capacity. Media is the greatest invention for taking time and focus.
  84. Learning new things is good, but learning them in good timing and context is better!
  85. The man is who he thinks about all day long.
  86. The main reason tools exist is to help us achieve results more efficiently.
  87. Everything is connected and has an impact on each other. It makes everything complicated. Things are in the context of other things and situations.
  88. To save energy things don’t change until something or someone will make them change.
  89. What caused people to make a lot of money is usually in proportion to their production of what the society wanted and largely unrelated to their desire to make money.
  90. You need to deeply understand, accept, and work with reality in order to get what you want out of life.
  91. Life will give you what you deserve and it doesn’t give a damn what you “like”.
  92. The first and most important rule is that you must speak to your customers every day. Lead engineer, lead QA person, lead support person and sales person — to meet face-to-face with customers to hear firsthand about the problem they needed to tackle.
  93. Skills and traits that make people great performers are grit, rigor, impact, teamwork, ownership, curiosity, and polishing up.
  94. Design product teams around outcomes, not features.
  95. Spend 15 minutes a day in reflection — true reflection, in a quiet space, with your inbox closed.
  96. WHEN a decision is made is much more important than WHAT decision is made.
  97. At a scaling company, giving away responsibility — giving away that Lego tower you started building — is the only way to move on to building bigger and better things.
  98. Asking questions was actually the best way to influence others.
  99. Replace policies with principles.
    OLD POLICY: All expenses require pre-approval.
    NEW PRINCIPLE: If you would think twice about spending this much from your own account, gut-check it with your manager.
  100. Bosses need to tell their employees when they’re screwing up, creating bullshit-free zones.
  101. The most effective managers are those realistic until it hurts.
  102. Customers can’t tell you what they need. They will only suggest you cheaper, 10% better, quicker solutions.
  103. The life that I live is made by people that are no smarter than me. Question it. Build things.
  104. Ignore experts.
  105. Quality happens only when someone is responsible for it
  106. We have limited weekly energy resource.
  107. Every new market creates new unmet needs which wait to be met??
  108. If you build the marketing message, functionality and elevator speech, min. 40% of users will say “I can’t live without this product” – this mean you achieved the highest level of initiation in startup – “must have” product.
  109. Don’t adhere to the “experts'” bits of advice. Listen to your own intelligence and act according to your decisions – you have confidence in your ability to execute?
  110. Just like on the war, the enemy prompts freeing a great energy to act. Similarly, in startup you can find your “enemy” which motivates you to go further.
  111. Do you sometimes feel guilty for trivial matters?
  112. Forget the money – guard your time.
  113. Being busy is the killer for productivity and happiness (have room for thinking).
  114. Be calm. Luxury doesn’t make us calm.
  115. Health is important. Even for Buddha not having good health made it problematic to think clearly.
  116. Happiness can be a skill you develop and a choice. You can decide if it is important to you. You prioritize it. Then you work at it (it’s like learning calculus, like working on your muscles).
  117. A person cannot be perfect in many things. You cannot be a perfect CEO, programmer, father, dancer, librarian, and philosopher at the same time. This is why work-life balance is a myth. But it is ok to be good at many things (good, not perfect). This is part of being a human.
  118. I want to have the best brain, let’s help create the best brain in the world!
  119. I don’t trust my thoughts in the background (thanks to meditation I’m aware of this).
  120. I don’t trust my way of thinking – I’m often not rational, I know people with a better way of thinking in different kind of situations.
  121. I don’t trust my memory – I easily forget things.
  122. Set one day of the week in which, after coming home, you won’t be using computer. And one day in which you won’t be using the internet.
  123. Contemplate things and activities as if they could be the last time you ever do them.
  124. Accept, look, deal, and reflect on realities (i.e.: problems, mistakes, weaknesses, and pain). See the beauty in this process.
  125. Great people become great by looking at their mistakes and weaknesses and figuring out how to get around them.
  126. Never object.
  127. At the beginning of your cooperation with client, gain reliability in his eyes. You can: we’re meeting because your boss recommended that I talked about how to improve xxx. What does it mean to you? How? Do you realize the the employees on the average…?
  128. Nobody can threaten me with impunity or ignore me.
  129. You have to make your customer aware of the things you do for him as as gratis.
  130. In today’s world the thing that sells is not only the product but also know how expert. 
  131. Relationship is like a car, not like a motorbike – it should work without much maintenance.
  132. Building bridges – if we want to convince someone, then the first thing we’re looking for in a conversation is the common interest/idea – we build a bridge and then pull the person in the direction which we want to.
  133. Apparently, I misunderstood, please explain once more (instead of: “you didn’t explain it right”), I must have missed something (instead of: “you didn’t send me this”) – of course it depends on the relationship’s status, sometimes you have to yell at someone 🙂
  134. In appearance frivolous but simple “how can I help you?” assumes that the other person may want help form us. It’s better to ask “what can I do for you?”
  135. Alex’s approach to life – without theorizing, without abstract, unproductive philosophizing; everything depends on the context.
  136. Alex has a high intonation and uses the intonation strongly.
  137. Never assume that something is obvious.
  138. The principle: live according to the phrase: “it’s alright.”
  139. People should respect you. If someone interrupts you, stop talking because if you say something, it would mean you’re accustomed to it. You can always say” you are interrupting me, does it mean my idea is really that good?
  140. The principle: nobody can attack me.
  141. The principle: nobody can ignore me.
  142. If you have the possibility of being in control, use it (take control where you can, this means changing the conversation’s direction). Thanks to this you can lead the conversation in the particular direction.
  143. Put the interlocutor on the “looking for a solution mode.” “What would have to happen for things to be good?” And here it’s also important not to cross the line, instead of “How?” (in round terms) say “What type of?” – more subtly. We really need neat ways of leaving awkward situations, in other words, unconventional approach to things.
  144. Always ask about the motives, e.g.: “What exactly do you mean by that?”
  145. If there’s an attack -> “Based on what motives do you think so?”
  146. Gather as much information as possible.
  147. Don’t say “in my opinion”.
    In my opinion, this is a better solution. NO
    Taking into account all points, this solution is better. YES
  148. Don’t give the signal of submission (don’t lower your eyesight).
  149. Talk about something that is nice to him.
  150. Offer: 10 seconds for really fast presenting of benefits and 3 minutes for the proof. Say 1 sentence based on the client’s effects which you are able to provide; explain why clients need your services.
  151. Speak in an illustrative way, create images with your words.
  152. In business you shouldn’t talk about how poor you are – it’s very unprofessional.
  153. NO: I present you this product.
    YES: We are here to choose the most sufficient phone model for you.
  154. If you want to be a leader, you have to be the master of words.
  155. I always repeat to myself and others to courageously utter various sounds and not to be afraid of them, not to be afraid that they will sound ridiculous, that someone will hear them and judge us.
  156. The person who speaks, and has a low, warm voice, is perceived by listeners as more reliable. People listen to her/him with pleasure and trust. People who speak quietly and squeaky are faint and not too convincing. Sometimes even if their conclusion is accurate.
  157. Gesture + pause them for 1 sec. That builds decisiveness and self-esteem.
  158. Speaking openly (jaws do not stick together).
    “Every consonant, every word was coming out of her mouth as if with difficulty. I felt discomfort because I was looking at a girl who, before she said anything, was already disliked. And when speaking, she even deepened that state of dislike.
  159. Take care of gently beginning sounds (think about something nice) and avoid hard, explosive speaking or singing.
  160. Lesson: it seems to me.
  161. Don’t use words: it seems, maybe – those which say about coincidences, twist of fate.
  162. I have a meeting <- I had a meeting.
  163. 5 minutes on the problem, 30 minutes on how to solve it. 
  164. But I don’t have such a problem… great customer, how did you do it?
  165. What do you need this information for? [for uncomfortable questions]
  166. Defense from verbal attack -> react with curiosity – what do you mean by that? what exactly do you mean by that?
  167. Practise gestures – it’s worth to energetically pause the gesture (self-esteem) gesticulate widely.
  168. Practise facial expressions in front of the mirror – practice of showing emotions.
  169. Keep your head high, don’t be hunched.
  170. More energy the heck! Turn everything (almost) into the energy.
  171. Don’t close bad relationships, ignore them.
  172. Have a lot of open questions.
  173. “What’s the thing you love most in life?” – after I give the answer, ask: “What is it for you?”
  174. Never expect anything.
  175. Be brave.
  176. When during the negotiations someone interrupts or pauses – “Let’s see how we talk here.”
  177. During negotiations avoid: guessing instead of questioning.
  178. During negotiations avoid: talkativeness.
  179. Stories, stories, stories.
  180. Ask about the assessment of his actions – don’t be the judge – “Do you think that what’s happening is good?
  181. The best presentations are when the speaker tunes to the audience.
  182. Mentor (you) and Heroes (audience). Mentor was once a hero too.
  183. Stories are the most powerful delivery tool for information.
  184. Interrupting in the middle of the sentence – soft skill.
  185. Too many “embroiderers” in sentences: yyy, more or less, you could say it like that, etc.
  186. Eliminate the words of uncertainty: “maybe,” “perhaps,” saying “yes” all the time (as if I was supposed to finish but I’m not saying anything).
  187. Don’t speak in a monotone voice.
  188. I look people in the eyes during conversation.
  189. It’s a conversation, not a monologue.
  190. Diction and intonation interesting.
  191. Don’t be afraid of what I’m saying. Don’t reverse what I’ve just said (I think it can be easily felt out that you’re not certain in what you say).
  192. Present your ideas clearly and simply.
  193. Add some dynamism.
  194. Look at me, then start talking.
  195. Don’t allow for theoritizing.
  196. Clearly present your intentions – be straightforward.
  197. Hire people who wanted to do something but couldn’t in other companies.
  198. When shaking a hand, look in the eyes.
  199. Don’t interrupt when others talk.
  200. Speak correct Polish. (or any other language you use)
  201. Don’t use incorrect syntax.
  202. Create memorable moments.
  203. Build interest through contrasts in content, emotion, and delivery.
  204. Create contrast. Moving back and forth between contradictory poles encourages full engagement from the audience.
  205. If nothing is at risk, then it’s not interesting.
  206. You are not the hero. The audience is.
  207. Stories are the most powerful delivery tool for information, more powerful and enduring than any other art form. REPETITION??
  208. To speek compelling you should charge the message with stories, tales, and emotions.
  209. Get rid of the habit of not answering the question but going back to the previous topic.
  210. Excess paradigm – there’s excess in the world, not deficiency.
  211. Increase the percentage of promoters and decrease the percentage of detractors.These are two distinct processes that are best managed separately.
  212. The marketing team at this company realized that careful customer selection — targeting the individuals most likely to become loyal customers—played a VITAL role in generating sustainable growth.
  213. Real-time, closed-loop feedback. Receive and respond to clients input as quickly as possible (by employees, managers, and management).
  214. Eliminate bad profits which alienate customers creating more and more detractors.
  215. Why do people make referrals?
  216. NPS is to be viewed as an operating management tool, not as market research.
  217. It made me aware that hard-won things are more valuable than those that come too easily.
  218. I was trained to think for myself and get things done. It’s what the British as a nation used to believe in, but there are some kids today who seem to want everything handed.
  219. And once we decide to do something, we should never look back, never regret it.
  220. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live.
  221. As soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy.
  222. Even at an early age I planned long-term and learned to wait for a reward.
  223. Have a positive outlook on life when it’s not fun, move on.
  224. Whatever your goal is you will never succeed unless you let go of your fears.
  225. I believe in goals. It’s never a bad thing to have a dream, but I’m practical about it. I don’t sit daydreaming about things that are impossible. I set goals and then work out how to achieve them.
  226. My main problem is that I think about many other things instead of fully giving into one thing without the feeling of guilt that I should be doing something else.
  227. The nine needs are of belonging to some social group that achieves something are: Security, Adventure, Freedom, Expansion, Power, Expression, Acceptance, Communion, and Exchange -> these needs should be met at some point on different days (intermittent continuity). Other needs are closeness, hugging, smart talk, exercising, sport, etc.
  228. Sequence thinking vs cluster thinking Sequence thinking a->b->c->x Cluster thinking has the form: “Perspective 1 implies X; perspective 2 implies not-X; perspective 3 implies X; … therefore, weighing these different perspectives and taking into account how much uncertainty I have about each, X.”
  229. Don’t face complex issues head-on; first understand simple ideas deeply. Clear the clutter and expose what is really important. Be brutally honest about what you know and don’t know.
  230. When there are many options and chaos, and there’s no way to control everything, choose a few of those most important and keep them strong.
  231. We don’t hire people with unique knowledge. There’s enough knowledge around and every one of us can read about good practices. We’re looking for someone who’ll be able to apply them in practice, effectively, with benefits. They either have this knowledge or not and have to prove themselves with a deep understanding of the topic.
  232. The main flaw of children is that they tell themselves things to their advantage. At first, they decide, then bend facts. That’s one of the biggest humans’ drawbacks and advantages at the same time.Because even bad decisions are worse than the lack of decisions.
  233. I learn only when something surprises me.
  234. Knowledge into practice.
  235. If I talk without emotions, there’s no thrust.
  236. I read too much and implement too little. Reading is for lazy people.
  237. When I was a kid I was constantly being told to look at things from someone else’s point of view.
  238. We want to be like people we love. Thus, when they fail or do something wrong, subconsciously we will act as they, we will unite with them in pain. That’s a really difficult topic because how can we not love people? If they don’t grow, we will hurt.
  239. The story about how a man talks to God: you created little insects and they bite. I don’t want to be friends with you vs. such little, 1000 times smaller insects are so interesting that they sit on me and bite me.
  240. Bad states: stress, anxiety, being pissed off, anxiety, worry, anger, trying to please everyone.
  241. The most important decision in your life – deciding to end suffering.
  242. Don’t live in a world of what’s wrong (mind is looking for it).
  243. If you suffer give it 90 sec. and let it go.
  244. Suffering comes from: loss (respect, child, et.c), less (less opportunity), somebody has done something so I can’t (appreciation to solve this).
  245. Achievement is more important than fulfillment – it is the biggest lie on the planet, that’s why Robin Williams killed himself.
  246. If it is not growing it’s dying. (it rises or dies)
  247. Success without fulfillment is a failure.
  248. Whatever you really want (billion dollar business, garden, kids, etc.) you must master rules, there are rules (in finance, in business) – if you follow the rules, you will have a lot of money, if you break those rules, whoever you are you will get financial stress.
  249. The next level is to find extasy in every moment.
  250. We suffer. Because suffering is any emotion that takes you from beautiful emotions. (I get stressed, overwhelmed, concerned) – it’s part of life.
  251. You don’t like something? – change it, everybody has this capacity, but it comes to making the decision. Most people make only the easy decisions. The most successful leaders are quick and important decisions makers. Create a structure of how to make decisions and filter those by your values, beliefs, rules, emotions.
  252. You can’t measure mental work the same as physical one. You can’t say 30 pieces in an hour. Together with the person, you have to walk toward the goals and what should be done.
  253. Results can be achieved only in the outside world.
  254. Decisions are the most important, especially taking the most difficult decisions.
  255. Don’t spend too much time than is needed on things which someone else tells you to do and doesn’t bear consequences of them. And if they don’t boost your productivity.
  256. Do tasks in time blocks, without distractions.
  257. Today I’m richer than kings hundreds of years ago.
  258. What are my anxieties?
  259. Suffering is another thing. It’s not negative happiness.
  260. Happiness is one thing but meaning and purpose in life is a separate thing.
  261. Greatest products are designed for benefits of people that were building them.
  262. The way you build great products is that you have small teams with strong leaders, who are obsessed over trade-offs, push things off and say “we have to got it done.” And they put a lot of pressure on the team, they produce a product that just barely works. For example, original iPhone, no apps.
  263. Constant position upgrading of others, giving away responsibility.
  264. To be a leader you have to be confident, even if you’re not sure inside.
  265. In CEO role the big impact is decisiveness.
  266. The first stimulant to anger suppress immediately.
  267. Varieties of anger: bitter, mean, fierce, rude, harsh.
  268. Think that your time is worth $500 per hour.
  269. On average, one call out of eighty lands someone who agrees to look at a demonstration of the software (1,23% conversion rate).
  270. How to call leads.
  271. Hubspot gets customers from funnel: leads -> qualified leads -> telemarketing -> sales.
  272. At the end of the month, the blog team sends the fresh leads to the sales department.
  273. Conversion for blog 1,4%, 20% of those to sales.
  274. The blog has one main goal, which is to generate leads for the sales department.
  275. How to terminate employees?
  276. Use buyer persona.
  277. Not all blog posts are good lead generating posts.
  278. The product may not work for everyone.
  279. Generate hype.
  280. Make brainstorming sessions.
  281. The first principle of crisis communications is that if you have bad news to divulge, you do it quickly and completely.
  282. Take naps. CEO Hubspot.
  283. His dad taught him how to build things, spent a lot of time with him, they remounted, mounted. That’s how things work.
  284. To keep quality level of the people working in organization, very high
    amplifying values 1:100000 one employee that made mac gives it to 100000 people
  285. Steve Jobs wasn’t committed to things that he was not going to make exceptional.
  286. Steve Jobs wasn’t trying to be rich, famous, or powerful.
  287. If you want to be like Steve Jobs, make a test: if you can think of anything else than the problem you have right now, like going to the movie, you are not Steve jobs (you have to be obsessed with a problem, then move to the next thing), obsessive-compulsive.
  288. Steve Jobs wanted people to be great, to push themselves further. Not only himself but also his employees.
  289. Steve made inspirational speeches that what you are doing is important.
  290. Steve wants to debate about ideas – choose the best idea.
  291. Passion counts.
  292. Steve was a master storyteller.
  293. Work tirelessly until the entire problem is solved, until it is perfect, working obsessively until you have a solution that wi insanely great, and beautiful.
  294. Want to engineer user experience of every aspect including what happens when you walk into the store, how you pay for your product in the store.
  295. Steve had single mindedness and attention to details like anyone I have seen.
  296. I am responsible for setting boundaries. Work, sleep, family, your time. If I don’t set them, things get unbalanced very quickly.
  297. In order to read what is good one must make it a condition never to read what is bad (life is short).
  298. When conditions are difficult, you must be especially cheerful and optimistic.
  299. Plato and Aristotle argued that happiness comes naturally when we cultivate qualities such as selfdiscipline or courage (virtues of our character).
  300. The person who is best suited is not the person who shares our taste, but the person who can negotiate differences in taste intelligently, who is good at disagreement.
  301. Successful marriage communicate. Typical stuff, but also communicate hopes, dreams, fears, and anxieties. Honest, communication becomes the foundation for so many other things: commitment, trust.
  302. Art is giving us qualities we need but miss in our lives.
  303. You can only improve if you are rational in the process.
  304. It’s not ok to emotions bad rule your decisions and what you say to others. The value of being self controlled is important.
  305. It’s OK to not be correct all the time and make mistakes but to acknowledge that and learn.
  306. Once per quarter totally disconnect.
  307. Only by contact with another man, I learn about myself.
  308. Nobody can make me not to speak the truth, even the truth that hurts. Living in a lie is a trouble and giving up to lie.
  309. If people don’t lie to each other it won’t happen now or in 3 months, that improves acting.
  310. I should have a more aware approach to when I shouldn’t take breaks and when I should.
  311. When I’m older, I put a lot of pressure on using my skills. For this reason, it’s more difficult to change the branch of industry in which I work.
  312. The way of thinking: first, divide problems into smaller and bigger ones and check the current situation, determine facts.
  313. The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking – Understand Deeply.
  314. If you do the same thing every day, the brain shuts down during those activities and it seems like nothing happened.
  315. Let out a huge smile each day.
  316. Obsessively pour over the autobiographies of other successful individuals.
  317. Truly disconnect from work.
  318. Tyranny of the urgent.
  319. “With Bill you really do have to know your stuff. It’s like briefing the smartest guy in the room. He can get very frustrated if he thinks his time has been wasted
    Having a ”hard stop” at the end of each day. Pick a time—say, 6:30pm—aftr which (barring exceptional circumstances), you’re not answering emails, looking at your phone, or doing anything that feels like work. You’re not just avoiding it; you’re not allowed to.”
  320. Prioritize your tasks so that the absolutely critical things get done first.
  321. The interpreter module. Here’s how it works. The interpreter module sorts through information and, if anything appears to be missing or just doesn’t make sense, the module generates a random story that makes everything nice and neat.
  322. To be better at thinking, you have to learn to distinguish stories made up by my brain.
  323. Think of the steps involved in the process of getting ready for bed. Most likely, your first step is to brush your teeth. But within this step, there are other steps: putting toothpaste on the toothbrush, actually brushing, rinsing with water and so on. Your brain stores these steps-within-steps in cortical columns, or uniformly organized groupings of neurons found in the neocortex. There are about 500,000 such columns in the neocortex, each containing about 60,000 neurons.
  324. The brain’s neocortex stores and organizes information hierarchically. This makes sense, as everything we do, including thinking, can be broken down into hierarchies and patterns.
  325. Decision. Emotions. Attitude. Character. Skills. Values. Goals. It all interlocks with each other.
  326. The quality and way of thinking influence happiness and everything else.
  327. Cosmos perspective – I’m nothing.
  328. Rationality is important.
  329. If I’m at peace, things being me more enjoyment.
  330. “You can feel the dominance from him. He uses good words, doesn’t talk foolishness. That’s a conversation on the high level.
  331. Visionariness (boasting about it), looking at future possibilities.
  332. Aim at the stars. The worst case scenario is that you’ll land on the moon.
  333. If your potential customers don’t care about solving their problem, it’s good sign you shouldn’t either.
  334. Research, back up the importance of having “slack” time in your schedule.
  335. Winning a competition with a large number of contestants requires that almost everything goes right. And that, in turn, means that even when luck counts for only a trivial part of an overall performance, there’s rarely a winner who wasn’t also very lucky.
  336. Time management is an outdated idea, and attention management is the new path to productivity.
  337. Divorce your computer.
  338. Measure innovation, otherwise, goals will be short-termed.
  339. If your understanding of the problem is vague (e.g.: companies need to share information internally), then your solution will be equally vague.
  340. Beware of solving problems you can’t experience yourself.
  341. The older I am, the more I see that the optimum is somewhere between.
  342. There always should be to people who could compare who is better and keep the better one.
  343. There are too many contradictory ideas, so instead of reading advice, it’s better to start thinking by yourself.
  344. Say “no” more often.
  345. Distraction free and opinions free periods of time.
  346. If you are always too serious, you’ll end up too exhausted.
  347. Stop searching for answers and simply experience life.
  348. One good way to hinder progress is to fill a man’s head with all the learning of the past, so he thinks there is nothing more to learn.
  349. A man may be very learned and very useless.
  350. Man satisfy their minds more by finding out things for themselves than by heaping together the things which somebody else has found out.
  351. Knowledge is something that in the past somebody knew and left in a form which enables all who will obtain it.
  352. There are fashions in knowledge, just as there are in everything else.
  353. We had been collecting tons of statistics because they were interesting. But statistics will not construct automobiles – so out they went.
  354. The minutes we spend in becoming experts in finance, we lose in production.
  355. It ought to be the employers ambition to pay better wages, and it ought to be the worksman ambition to make this possible.
  356. But if they see the fruits of hard work in their pay envelope – proof that harder work means higher pay.
  357. We are never satisfied with the way that everything is done in any part of the organization; we always think it ought to be done in a different way.
  358. Simplicity, absolute reliability, no special skills.
  359. Ford was doing only one thing, he threw away other things.
  360. Time spent in fighting competition is wasted; it had better be spent in doing the work.
  361. I figured out that watches were not universal necessities, and therefore people generally would not buy them.
  362. Whoever does a thing best ought to be the one to do it.
  363. It is the larger men who give the leadership to the community and enable the smaller men to live with less effort.
  364. All men are not equal.
  365. Power and machinery, money and goods, are useful only as they set us free to live.
  366. Let go of the idea that gentle, relaxed people can’t be superachievers.
  367. Will this matter in a year from now?
  368. Life isn’t an emergency.
  369. Choose your battles wisely.
  370. Be happy where you are. 🙂
  371. A brand is what you promise to the consumer and if you make that promise true, the consumer will be happy.
  372. We only learn by doing (by heart), not by reading textbooks.
  373. Commitment to excellence and constant iteration.
  374. Perfectionists spend more time than necessary on tasks that don’t require the extra care.
  375. Take real actions and get the job done instead of asking for advice.
  376. Think twice before saying yes, instead of respond with yes very quickly.
  377. Have a couple of priorities instead of numerous.
  378. Make a lot fewer choices.
  379. Never allow yourself to complain or criticize.
  380. Consistently review your long-term goals.
  381. Effort is the real achievement.
  382. More is not always better.
  383. They needed the product for entirely different reasons.
  384. Create a system for how you make hypotheses.
  385. Hypothesis-Driven Product Management.
  386. Let things happen as they were supposed to.
  387. To optimize for growth understand your funnel.
  388. Look at retention of features usage.
  389. When hiring, make work sample test.
  390. I want to resign from everything which doesn’t have big chances for success and do things important and with potential.
  391. Understand the world as it is.
  392. Wishful thinking.
  393. Do the opposite.
  394. Try to be the weakest person in the room. Everyday.
  395. Memento homo.
  396. Memento mori – it forces you to put your life in bigger context.
  397. Willpower is overrated.
  398. Top 1% of successful people focus on goals.
  399. Living in the future is self-destructive.
  400. I won’t be a technical person anymore.

Kate Borucka

Kate is a freelance translator, copywriter, and a content writer specializing in time tracking software, time management, and productivity. When not researching new software, she's reading books, or spending time outdoors.

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