David Perell

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"The Writing Guy". He tweet about business, online learning, and Internet writing.

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The Icecream Principle: Tell 10 people to get ice cream. If they have to agree on a flavor, they'll pick chocolate or vanilla every time. Groups of people don't agree on what's cool or interesting. They agree on what's easy. "Consensus" is just another way of saying average.


When you first start a company, you need Swiss Army Knife people who can do a little bit of everything. Once your company gets big, you need a bunch of kitchen knife people who do one thing very, very well.


Book clubs are a cheat code. Every time I do one, I remember the book 5x better. It takes 20 hours to read a book, but only 2 extra hours to talk about it with friends. Better friendships. Faster learning.


We claim to value individuality but we crush people who actually think for themselves


The bigger the group, the less creative the brainstorm


My rules for working: 1) Solve problems other people aren’t solving. 2) Leverage the internet. 3) Share as much knowledge as possible. 4) Make two people proud: your 8-year old self and your 80-year old self. 5) The best partners have talents that look like magic to you.


Customer service should be the most innovative team in a business


Working with exceptional people is one of the greatest joys in life. Nobody told me this.


If you’re good at getting things done, one of the best career decisions you can make is to team up with an fast growing content creator and run their business operations. Creators want to spend their time creating.


Everybody raves about deep thinkers, but my favorite people to work with are deep feelers too. They’re sensitive to their emotions, but don’t get paralyzed by them.


Right now, it’s a status symbol to have tons of people work for you. But people are gonna start bragging about how *few* employees they have. Freedom is status.


Forgotten ideas are an unfair advantage. Don’t try to invent everything yourself. Studying the past will help you solve your hardest problems. Places to look: • Theory of Constraints • Xerox PARC • The Apollo Space Program • Mid-20th century media theory


Once a city, group, or organization reaches a critical mass, it becomes small again. Big cities have small neighborhoods, big groups have cliques, and big organizations have small teams. Likewise, the internet is about to fragment. Small communities are the future.


The best books are: 1) Highly recommended by your close circle of trusted friends. 2) Are basically invisible in the world at large. You won't find them on best-seller lists or on the front table at Barnes & Noble. Use this formula to discover hidden gems.


Few things in life are better than working with kind, inspired, and imaginative people.


Things I'm thinking about: 1) As a group, academics should take religion more seriously. 2) A friendship is born when two people say: “You too, I thought I was the only one." 3) Small niches are more profitable than expected because the Internet is way bigger than you think.


Writing operations-focused rules for my team: ∙ Prize simplicity over performance ∙ Reduce back-and-forth ∙ Create systems for all repeated actions ∙ Give responsibility to individuals, not teams Every urgent email or text message reveals an upstream leak in our systems.

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