Hoping is for people who are out of ideas and not listening.
I have read several random things lately that all link together and have me rethinking how to approach each opportunity that comes my way.
Ideas are always there, if you look close enough, and listen to others around you.
We always have resources left to invest, they may not be resources that we see immediately, but they are there, and they are useful. Find those resources.
If you want to make money, the most important principle is to be incredibly helpful. Be useful. Provide something valuable, and people will be eager to support
The two most important things you can have is capital and a network: and if you don't have capital, start build the network. - Dan Andrews
Great book I have started to read by Isaac Watts who shared his philosophy on understanding the The Improvement of the Mind. Which was written in 1815 toward the end of his life, and it had tremendous influence on generations of students and teachers.
It is better to do than to think and by do I mean collect data. It is better to do an experiment than to think about doing an experiment, in the sense that you will learn more from an hour spent doing (e.g., doing an experiment) than from an hour thinking about what to do. - Seth Godin
I like John von Neumann’s characterization of this the best, in the following quote, “The sciences do not try to explain, they hardly even try to interpret, they mainly make models. By a model is meant a mathematical construction which, with the addition of certain verbal interpretations, describes observed phenomena. The justification of such a mathematical construct is solely and precisely that it is expected to work.”All my writing is basically model-building. Though in my blog and book I don’t use mathematics, my approach is basically the same one I adopt for my mathematical modeling work. - Venkatesh Rao
I see now that there are always options, and the key is to create many models, tiny experiments, to see what works, and then double down.
“We all are learning, modifying, or destroying ideas all the time. Rapid destruction of your ideas when the time is right is one of the most valuable qualities you can acquire. You must force yourself to consider arguments on the other side.
— Charles T. Munger”
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