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Something I can recite verbatim even in the sleep, so inspiring. 

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We tend to massively underestimate the compounding returns of intelligence. As humans, we need to solve big problems. If you graduate Stanford at 22 and Google recruits you, you’ll work a 9-to-5. It’s probably more like an 11-to-3 in terms of hard work. They’ll pay well. It’s relaxing. But what they are actually doing is paying you to accept a much lower intellectual growth rate. When you recognize that intelligence is compounding, the cost of that missing long-term compounding is enormous. They’re not giving you the best opportunity of your life. Then a scary thing can happen: You might realize one day that you’ve lost your competitive edge. You won’t be the best anymore. You won’t be able to fall in love with new stuff. Things are cushy where you are. You get complacent and stall. So, run your prospective engineering hires through that narrative. Then show them the alternative: working at your startup.

I like the idea of compounding intelligence which resonates with the notion of building sustainable competitive advantage. But I don’t agree that one has to work at startup to get that kind of exposure. I work at a large organization, and I’m lucky to learn so much every day, and kind of problems we work on and the impact I can have is not possible at a startup imho. So I think it all depends on individual at the end, whether he / she has growth mindset or not. 

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My approach to cricket has been reasonably simple: it was about giving everything to the team, it was about playing with dignity and it was about upholding the spirit of the game. I hope I have done some of that. I have failed at times, but I have never stopped trying. It is why I leave with sadness but also with pride.

Rahul Dravid, on his retirement

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What can you tell a young man looking for motivation in life itself?

The problem, often not discovered until late in life, is that when you look for things in life like love, meaning, motivation, it implies they are sitting behind a tree or under a rock. The most successful people in life recognize, that in life they create their own love, they manufacture their own meaning, they generate their own motivation.

Neil deGrasse Tysone AMA, love this guy. 

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You can’t improve what you don’t measure”.

Edwards Deming. I should probably start measuring how I spend time and money. 

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Don’t aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run – in the long-run, I say! – success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it.

Victor Frankl, from the book Man’s search for meaning. 

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Apple is this unique company, [this] unique culture that you can’t replicate. And I’m not going to witness or permit the slow undoing of it because I believe in it so deeply. Steve [Jobs] grilled in all of us over many years that the company should revolve around great products and that we should stay extremely focused on a few things rather than try to do so many that we did nothing well. We should only go into markets where we can make a significant contribution to society — not just sell a lot of products. And so these things along with keeping excellence as an expectation of everything in Apple. These are the things that I focus on because I think that those are the things that make Apple this magical place that really smart people want to work in and sort of do not just their life’s work but their life’s best work.

Tim Cook, speaking at GS conference

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