Shreyas Doshi+ Your Authors @shreyas early PM & first PM lead @stripe. formerly a PM lead @twitter @google @yahoo. I share offbeat ideas here—useful for some, useless for many, not for everyone ❤️ Jul. 16, 2020 2 min read + Your Authors

Just a few notes to myself (a driven & ambitious person):

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Kings are overrated and usually unhappy. It’s much better to be kingmaker.

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Avoid labeling yourself. Labels are convenient and feel good, but they limit growth.

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Eventually, everyone realizes that they don’t want to be Elon Musk or Steve Jobs. How quickly do you want to get there?

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There is a gentler, more satisfying measure of success than Titles, Money, Prestige, Impact.

Measure success by the optionality you have with your time.

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Legacy is overrated. So is impact.

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We spend so much time & energy trying to give our children the comforts 𝘸𝘦 never had, that we often become the absentee parents that our children will wish 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘺 never had.

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Learn from everyone & everything. Don’t view people as better or worse than you, worthy or unworthy of teaching you. And if something doesn’t fully resonate, don’t reject it wholesale. Try extracting the useful bits & learn from those. Wisdom is everywhere, if you can spot it

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When you find someone inspiring, try to separate their content and their charisma. And if it’s the charisma that inspires, be very careful.

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The chief indicator of authentic confidence isn’t bravado. It’s the person’s openness to discovering why they’re wrong.

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Whatever industry you’re in is probably smaller than you imagine it is. People talk. Don’t burn bridges over the small stuff.

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When in doubt about where to take a job, pick the place with the better people. Even if it ends up being the wrong bet, you’ll still be more fulfilled with your work.

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Technologies change, platforms change, office signs change, centers of gravity change. The one thing that remains constant is the people. Always optimize for the people.

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If you choose to understand just one cognitive bias, let it be the Fundamental Attribution Error.

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If you choose to understand one 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 cognitive bias, let it be Confirmation Bias.

Last but not least (for now), very important note👇🏾

No rule is valid for every single situation in life. Except this rule.

Back to the top of this thread:

Finding peace and staying calm—what I try to repeat to myself while living life:

A 3-tweet thread about my success heuristic:

Rigorously choosing between Title, Money, and Scope:

On a faster way to cultivate wisdom:

Keys to a fulfilling life and career:

Books that have helped shape my perspective on things:


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