Tuesday, 12/22/2020


17:18 you're allowed to do things


this was a really interesting read; it's easy to forget just how much autonomy we have when we have flexible income. self efficacy extends to cold emails, paying for opportunities, etc. and enables greater possibilities that we wouldn't have had access to otherwise!

things to investigate:

literally reach out to anyone; consequences are at worst rejection

things you should buy and use: these are some good recs

17:39 generating effective and active listening

you spurn empathy and appearance of good listening through curiosity demonstrate a genuine interest in the issues and continue to talk to others! ask more questions (sensitively, of course) because they want someone to listen actively and work out their problems through talking about them

keep asking questions about the issue until you have a complete snapshot of the mental state then make observations and, in turn, construct hypotheses based on this knowledge the helper tries to learn about the reality of the complainer as much as possible, regardless of whether a real solution to the issue is actually necessary!

this makes reflective listening feel validating instead of alienating; understand enough to know all of the details, but realize that there is no requirement for you to be helpful, and misinformed advice can lead to terrible decisions down the line

19:13 success in modern age

george washington: america will be most favorable country for all launching a new social platform is no different from founding a new country; it takes promising success, the new american dream

the internet is still missing a middle class; an area for new, niche creators and products to flourish, but we haven't fully seen this yet -- rather, a few key players have monopolized users, like spotify paying 90% of its royalties to its top artists, or video games like roblox taking up huge percentages of concurrent users of total major games, etc.

the economics of superstars posits that the superstar phenomenom will only become more pronounced with technology; when everyone has access to the same resources, they'll trend towards the favorites, and with more options to choose from it'll be easier to find something with universal appeal, especially with costless distribution!

so creator platforms provide opportunities for anyone to grow and succeed, but inevitably build a centralization of power.

fostering creator middle class:

houses build community! we see this again and again -- when you build your lives together, you find success together through collaborations

19:15 wiki as prose

a personal wiki should be more like prose; rather than just recording facts, it should take a user on a journey as needed. new additions modify the story, or navigation; this story is an evolving tale that explains how one's interests, ideas and abilities adapt over time, through version control creating the never-ending essay

20:17 writing effectively


this talk is very much worth revisiting in the future; come back!