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):

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

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

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

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

Measure success by the optionality you have with your time.

Legacy is overrated. So is impact.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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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