Nuggets of Wisdom

Nuggets of Wisdom

Gathering every single thing you know in one place is impossible. But more achievable is the idea of putting together every interesting idea you come across as you go. Be it in your own thinking, talks with other people or finding them in books and podcasts.

To capture them I always carry a small notebook. I’ve just recently filled one of them to the last page with such little “nuggets of wisdom”, and I’m happy to share them here.

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  • “The standard pace is for chumps.” – Derek Sivers; almost everything around us is adapted to suit the average majority – if you put your mind to it, there’s nothing stoping you from advancing faster than most others.
  • Do not let the fear of mistakes lead you! Mistakes happen, learn from them, but do not let them slow you down or stop from doing something.
  • Do not strive to be the best in the world, be the best FOR the world.
  • Pick a habit you want to change / add / remove, and work on it for 6 months. You will be surprised at what can be achieved.
  • Having more money and kids does not in fact improve your happiness, but the society is based on spending, so it encourages both (striving for more money and family).
  • Developing crucial skills for success:
    1. what do you want to be known for? (if in 6 months somebody talks about you at a party, what will he say?)
    2. who do I know that can help me? (mentors)
    3. what are 3 subprojects that can be done in 90 days? (set 30 day milestones)
  • “Never follow your passion, but always bring it with you.” – Mike Rowe
  • Rig the game so you can win; set low goals so you get more momentum and energy to win.
  • Failure is giving up; if you fall & get up, it’s not a failure.


  • Everybody is afraid of failing, but those who are successful are even more afraid of not trying (bad products are a prerequisite to ever achieving great results)
  • If a company spends time looking for the responsible party and pointing fingers, it is not a corporate culture that supports creativity.
  • Great people are more important than great ideas; ideas come from people; give a good idea to a mediocre team and they will screw it up; give a mediocre idea to a brilliant team, they’ll fix it or throw it away and come back with something better. Get the team right to be able to get the idea right! – Ed Catmull


  • When planing and the is a danger of overcomplicating, ask yourself: “what would it look like if it were easy?”
  • “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” – Abraham Lincoln
  • We overestimate how much we can do in a day or week, but we underestimate how much we can do in a year or two.
  • “2 in 1, and 1 is none” – the importance of backup (in planning as well as with tools)
  • How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
  • Do the oposite of what everybody else is doing.
  • “Everybody has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth.” – Mike Tyson


  • Do not take credit for other people’s work; do not blame other people for any mistakes.
  • Our ideas are only as good as our audience’s ability to consume them.
  • What 20% of things cause 80% of stress in your life?
  • People go to the other side of the world to pay attention to things they routinely ignore at home.
  • We undervalue things that are not expensive or easy to obtain.
  • The more power (not just money) one has, the less compassion he/she shows (people with good cars stop for pedestrians less often); the less power one has, the more he/she is compelled to conspiracy theories.
  • Don’t be afraid to show your scars.
  • “The ability to endure contradiction is a high sign of culture.” – Jedi Mind Tricks lyric
  • Assume good / success in everyone (you meet a lot of people, many are successful in their own way; success is not always flashy).
  • Be the person your dog thinks you are.
  • Passion speaks when you’re not in the room; they might not understand the words, but they’ll understand the passion.


  • What is a part of a system and you are not ever aware of?
  • Technology is a wonderful tool but a terrible master.
  • Failure is a data-point.
  • Don’t believe everything you think.
  • The way to fight a bad idea is with a good idea – every idea (even a bad one) was created to solve some problem.


  • If you want money, ask for advice; if you want advice, ask for money.
  • The amateur will practice until they get it right, the professional will practice until they can’t get it wrong.
  • Don’t protect the ego – often when you reach a certain level of expertise, you do not put yourself in situations that could endanger your perceived level of skill. Never stop learning.
  • If a book is worth reading once, it’s worth reading 2 or 3 times.
  • Don’t be afraid of being an amateur.
  • “We are raising kids to be cogs in the economy that doesn’t want cogs anymore. The two most important skills are leadership and solving complex problems.” – Seth Godin
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions (and to look dumb).
  • When you hear a cliche, listen; there’s always some truth in it.
  • What does it take to master a certain field? To be the best? (what skills are needed, etc.)
  • You set the seeds today for what you want to be in 10 years.
  • “Rules are meant to be mastered, then broken” – Ramit Sethi

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