09:28 life lessons adam smith
thinking vs going with the flow
weak on 'street smarts'
more difficult to have, make, use new experiences
difficult to adapt and take advantage of opportunities
harder to make decisions when the outcomes are unclear
can take fun out of things that required more creative thinking
go with flow
no higher-order thinking
can produce the wrong answers in complex settings
inferior for high-leverage decision making
tends towards decisions with short term horizons
improve structured thinking
learn how to use and combine mental models
lots of experience engineering in complex settings
look at things from 'clean state'
don't ever get emotionally attached to current models
improve go with the flow
see how others get places faster
take more risks and say yes more often
make decisions quickly
easily identify decisions that don't matter and don't waste time
be more okay with having the wrong answers
go with the flow better for social
structured can lead better results
structured often comes with tons of stress, doubt, etc. i personally experience this very frequently, holding myself back because i don't think that what it takes lines up with my current priorities, when i should really just become a more well-rounded person
src http://norvig.com/experiment-design.html knowing a name for something doesn't mean you know anything about the thing. names are so arbitrary if the path to victory is not clear, do nothing train harder than you fight sometimes reactionary responses can be too strong and need a middle way fast:alone, far:together keep your identity strong be good to yourself and others or neither
perseverance and passion for long-term goals. entails working towards challenges and maintaining effort for years dispite failure, adversity and plateaus in progress.
grit is different from self control: self-control is a local decision made on the day to day, while grit is made over the course of months, years of lifetimes. committment to a vocation does not derive from hourly temptations. grit is the best predictor of success - iq doesn't scale, and local self-control doesn't generalize to a global effort. willpower is probably limited; if it is, using willpower for one thing will diminish it for other things. grit can also be substantially diminished when everyone works super fast and gets early traction, then gets tired of chasing their goals and runs out of energy focus on what you want to be gritty about!
always add polish
src difference between success and failure if experiences don't have a polished and seamless user experience, they will fail. how do you quantify polish? we all need this emotional polish! adding polish lowers the emotional energy needed to interact with and respond to emails, interfaces, etc. engineers fail at this and fail easily, but it's so so important.
20:02 privacy tools
we can never be private enough, but we can take measures to mitigate the actions of others
lots of great privacy resources
host your own federated server
forum to discuss self hosting
20:14 malleable software
The tragedy of modern computing: too often we conform to the software, rather than molding it to our needs. How can we empower everyone to edit their tools? Here are 3 ideas I think can help us get there. https://twitter.com/geoffreylitt/status/1328375258592710661?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw programming is the stone age! the user should still be able to see their objects and act on them in familiar ways browser extensions as semantic wrappers wrap apis in simple interfaces to help users create interactions with the webpage!
- local-first software
this has probably been linked many times. it's about getting yor data out of cloud services and silos.