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Any recommendations on first-principles thinking? This type of thinking was recently popularized by Elon Musk. As Musk explained: “We get through life by reasoning by analogy, which essentially means copying what other people do with slight variations. And you have to do that. Otherwise, mentally, you wouldn’t be able to get through the day. But when you want to do something new, you have to apply the [first principles] approach.” Some articles I found: https://medium.com/the-mission/elon-musks-3-step-first-principles-thinking-how-to-think-and-solve-difficult-problems-like-a-ba1e73a9f6c0 https://fs.blog/first-principles/ https://jamesclear.com/first-principles https://arimeisel.medium.com/first-principle-thinking-ccb0e81f46cb https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/18/why-elon-musk-wants-his-employees-to-use-a-strategy-called-first-principles.html There is a quora post, but it doesn’t provide good resources (except from some interesting posts): https://www.quora.com/What-are-some-books-that-help-think-from-first-principles I found one book recommendation “Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less - by Sam Carpenter” but not sure it focuses precisely on first-principles. Any other resources (books or others) on this type of thinking would be appreciated.

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Markus Laczko
Gabriela Toderean
Yan F
New comment 1d ago

1. BARRIER • Create without practice • Publish your first videos • Try the creating process out 2. IDEA DIRECTION • Get to know your "space" on YouTube • Help the algorithm figure out who your channel and your audience is • Make a system for creating ideas that are successful 3. CORE SKILLSET • Understand the YouTube algorithm • Improve body language, talking & on-camera presence • Immerse yourself in your industry • Improve creating ideas & titles for videos 4. TRANSITION • Grow & maintain your community • Improve your "subscribeability" • Improve creativing thumbnails. • Perfect your "call to action" (asking people to subscribe, support you, buy something etc.) 5. REPLICATE FORMULA • Understand YouTube analytics • Create viral videos • View time improvements • Leverage the YouTube community feature. 6. REVENUE STREAMS • Build an information product • Sponsorship strategy, recomending affiliates, YouTube membership/Patreon etc. (Focus on one before moving on) 7. BUILD AUTHORITY • Deep dive analysis & adjustments • Focus on expanding channel audience • Work outside your channel (collaborations, podcast guest, industry sources etc.) 3 success factors: • Time: Important but overrated • Skillset: Very important, the basis of quality • Strategy: Underrated, extremely important.

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Amrin A
Amelie Schmid
Fedor Shatukho
Allan R.
Gabriela Toderean
New comment 1d ago

- Today is a great day to build. - No one is responsible for my success besides me. - I welcome the learning process with open arms. - Everyone was once a beginner. - Mastery over my craft is the highest accolade. - I will not let someone else define my self worth. - To unlock the upside, I must face the risk of the downside. - I need to be patiently impatient and have a bias toward action. - The enemy of long-term compounding is short-term results. - Wealth is built over decades, not days. - I have no competition, because I am only competing against myself. - The world rewards those who do what others do not. - I trust myself and my convictions. - Every failure is an opportunity to learn. - Every success is an opportunity to start again. - Forward is the only option. There is no going back. - I own my shortcomings—and leverage them to my advantage. - Dwelling on a mistake where the lesson has already been extracted is a waste of precious time. - My potential knows no limits. - Simplicity is velocity, because the simple thing is the hard thing. - It's better to move slowly in the right direction than quickly in the wrong direction. - I do not accept any obstacle in my way. - "Tomorrow" is an excuse. Do it now or don't do it at all. - I don't know how yet—but I will figure it out. - What I once wanted, I currently have. (The destination isn't what matters.) - Hours are a poor measure of effort. Intentional practice is the only thing that matters. - I will not judge my entire life based on any single day. - Better to be singular and deep than multifaceted and shallow. - Real progress is made in silence. - Life is not a zero-sum game. We can all win. I got this list from: https://twitter.com/Nicolascole77 I hope you will like it

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Andrew Kirby
Benedek Santa
Alec Hawkins
Stephen G. Pope
New comment 3d ago

https://docs.google.com/document/d/11UVWJox31Ani8Cq6Ymhm6DiVUiv5vPkOQd8ZdGpYmbs/edit# All humans have superpowers. Impact, income, and fun are byproducts of aligning your work with your superpower.

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Ion Usatyi
Andrew Kirby
Corey Bennett Boardman
Gabriela Toderean
Rich Talyor-Wellington
New comment 4d ago

I want to share what I just discovered today - a highly competent/complex synthesizer - combining amazing ideas and knowledge with storytelling and incredible high quality, exceptional videos. The intersection between architecture and storytelling in her videos, and her unique perspective and talent to combine different topics (as movies and architecture in this video) is really fascinating. It has become my MODEL of A SYNTHESIZER. Here is a piece of her synthesizer ART: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8go_xBWa_EA Even if you are not interested in architecture (that is her profession and main angle of presentation) you simply can remain indifferent or ignore her videos. It has soo many elements that can catch your attention. It is simply incredible. Who is your model?

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Ragul M.d
Gabriela Toderean
New comment 4d ago

Creating a lot of video content and distributing it effectively isn't easy. If you've tried, you know it's actually really hard. From planning to creating, to repurposing, distribution, to analytics—it's a lot. A simple thing you can do to help a lot is to stay organized. - Automatically create folders - Keep track of media - Keep track of the status (in your workflow) - Who's working on what? - Is it ready to publish? So to help I made a quick video on how you can use Airtable, Zapier and Google Drive to keep things a bit more streamlined. Hope it can help you on your content journey! If you'd like to learn some deeper insights on content automation and some of my recent thoughts on it, check out this quick read I wrote on Complex VS. Complexity (as it relates to content systems)

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Corey Bennett Boardman
Den Lennie
Stephen G. Pope
New comment 7d ago

Which platform is your favourite? Let me know in the comments 🫠

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Fedor Shatukho
Owen Sheasby
Alan Paul
Martin Lilly
Connor Widmaier
New comment 7d ago

Listening is one of those skills you play in infinite game in your pursuit to master it. I listened to this podcast Carolyn Coughlin did on becoming a better listener (and would recommend it if you have the time) and it brought back a lesson one of my mentors tried to teach me related to leadership and that was: Listening to win = playing life on hard mode You're making your life harder, cutting off the access you could have, and tarnishing the way others might view you. Listening to win is what we do when we're already thinking of counterpoints, crafting statements, and holes to poke in another person's logic before they're even finished talking. We often can't see what we're doing, and the two different styles of listening have two different outcomes. - Listening to win = not processing the feedback that's constantly around you - Listening to learn = constant course correction allowing you to level up easier Changing your behaviors comes through recognizing when you are listening to win, taking a step back to think about the deeper meaning behind what the other person is trying to say, and then getting back in the dance of conversation. Listening is a skill that's both immediately useful and pays developmental dividends over time. What do you feel are elements needed for good listening to excel in your work and synthesizing ideas others my find useful? For me, I'm trying to learn how I can listen to the needs of my community more to learn with everyone involved.

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Corey Bennett Boardman
Callum Rylance
Alan Paul
Fedor Shatukho
Shivam Jha
New comment 7d ago

My hypothesis is: Commercial writing, copywriting, ghostwriting, content creation is all about simplification. The texts on social media are written in a way that even a 4-th grader will understand. The way people communicate ideas is utilitarian. Sooner or later this trend is going will reverse. Some people already appreciate richer language, vocabulary and literary figures. My idea is to incorporate spice into content so that it's not just useful to read, but also fun and awesome. As a linguist I marvel at what can be done with the language and think that we underutilize it. So, I want to read high literature and borrow similies, metaphors, epithets and other figures and add at least one to the text I create. What authors and books will you suggest I read to learn from?

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Soo Young Lee
Fedor Shatukho
Anthony Vincent Morley
Melissa Wood
Alan Paul
New comment 9d ago

Good post from my buddy Alex Hormozi who is a 9-fig entrepreneur What do you think?

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Since my last article on Alex Hormozi did really well I decided to make it a series. https://medium.com/p/db4b1288251d Love to hear your thoughts!

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Aadit Sheth
New comment 11d ago

https://youtu.be/huGA7Ll5tFI i have consumed a shit ton of self help content which has changed my life but this might one of the most helpful video i have ever watched. DO NOT GET SCARED its very long, i know but its worth every single second. please please please watch it. I even made my family watch it.

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Owen Sheasby
Riyansh Shah
Benedek Santa
Ian O'Brien
New comment 11d ago

Hey "Synthfam"! (hope this term sticks and I start a trend haha) Outside of this amazing community I operate a slack community called Pivotal Founders. This is a community of "founder - operators" AKA synthesizers, agency owners, solopreneurs, coaches, evangelists and strategists. We focus on using no-code tools and AI technology to build products and services that help aspiring our respective clients accomplish their goals (b2b + b2c + d2c). Why do I bring this up? Well there is strategies that I share in the group that I personally use that I think are super relevant for this group. So, I'd like to share a LinkedIn guide that I recently put together! Below is the link to how I maximize my LinkedIn in 15 mins a day. This got me to: - over 20K personal followers and over 40K company followers - over 50 clients in 2022 (in combination with BD, outreach, follow-ups, emails, etc) - become more of an authority in my niche [recruiting for tech startups + scale-ups] - expanded into my secondary niche [founder revenue systemization and support]. http://t.ly/pf-linkedin-guide Feel free to check it out and hope it helps you on your synthesizer journey! If this is helpful, simply LIKE this post. That will let me know to share more of my strategies as I document what is working for me (Hormozi play). Synth on, Paul Masters

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Fedor Shatukho
Paul Masters
Christian Vandaos
Gabriela Toderean
Griffin A. Hamilton
New comment 11d ago

So the story goes like this: I've recently started talking with the AI community on Twitter and found two guys working on an app called "Context". It does something similar to what @Andrew Kirby did with Naval's brain, but using AI. Basically, you can create a playlist, get the AI to transcribe all the content and then ask questions to it. You can ask Andrew's "brain" to answer questions on the topics he has talked about (and also see the exact video where he talked about it): https://addcontext.xyz/search/andrew-kirby

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Matt Jez
Corey Bennett Boardman
Johny Rhys
New comment 12d ago

These companies are spending a shit tone of money on researching and creating things related to AI, and they have many products and services that use AI. Don't forget to add them to your watchlist 👁️‍🗨️ https://www.alanissynthesizing.com/post/ai-companies-to-invest-in-2023

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I synthesized the article I wrote into bullet points. Writing is a great skill to master these days, hope this helps. Cheers! 1. Write down what you’re day dreaming immediately, before it disappears. We delay writing down our thoughts, because thoughts easily feel special but words on the page easily seem banal and ordinary. Have a method, either using a phone app or a thousand pencils everywhere (whatever floats your boat) to always be able to write down your ideas right away. I use keep notes to write down every idea or improvement I think of on the phone. 2. Originality exists, despite people claiming there’s nothing new under the sun. Rough outlines and concepts will always seem unoriginal, but the reason so many stories end up unoriginal is largely because writers don’t read broadly enough. Without having read many good books you’re bound to be stuck writing cliches without even realizing it. Call me old fasioned, but I personally think reading the classics is a must for writers and it drastically improves the quality of our output. 3. A.I. is all the rage now, and it’s a great work and study aid, but no replacement for expertise. A writer who doesn’t read has no solid ground to stand on. In fact, a good writer can use A.I. to an exponentially greater effect than an unread and shabby writer can. It’s an enhancement of what is, not a replacement. The answers given are only as good as the questions asked. You shouldn’t need A.I. to write, or write well to begin with. 4. Read The Sun also Rises from Hemingway. Its prose is rich but concise, every word is there for a reason and there’s a nice flowing rhythm to the writing. Overall I found it to be the perfect book to model my writing after, especially in the beginning. 5. I could quickly get attached to the outcome of writing instead of enjoying the process of writing and of improving my craft, which ironically in retrospective often turns out to be the best, most satisfying part of any journey. Most of us want material success (most likely), but as a motivator for writing, tangible achievement sucks balls. Often in the writing journey you won’t be seeing it for some time, unless you’re much more resourceful than me and most writers out there. 6. Staying consistent is one of the hardest elements in writing to get down for most of us. In my experience, the best way to tackle it is to come up with a personalized solution. What worked for me is having something urgent to do I dread more than writing. I’m writing these things in my exam period. Apparently, in my mind, the only thing scarier than not passing the exams is passing them. This shows in mind-boggling amounts of motivation for everything but the subject matter of the exams. Just thinking of studying for the exams gets me hyper-focused on writing. The alternative method I can recommend because it worked for others but I can’t vouch for as I haven’t tried it is this - put a big calendar somewhere in your room where you can’t avoid looking at it. Then pick a word count you want to meet every day and whenever you meet it, take a colored marker and make a giant X on the date of the day. 7. Cringing at your writing and being disgusted with your writing is okay and a good thing. It implies taste. I’m always disgusted with my writing. You should always be a little disgusted with your writing. Sometimes I edit so much just looking at my writing makes me feel physically sick. At the gym you don’t feel sorry hurting your muscles because you know it’s making you stronger. Don’t be afraid to delete things. Whenever I write something fancy I delete it right away. 8. To break down your writing and measure its quality effectively, you need tools. You can get these tools by studying good writing in various fields and figuring out exactly what elements make it successful. Learn from the best and examine good writing from as many angles as possible. In order to improve your dialogue writing skills, for example, watch Quentin Tarantino’s movies and read Oscar Wilde before your writing sessions. I did this and had great results. If these autors aren’t your style, find good ones who are. Look at the structure, style and content of the writing you want to emulate and study why it produces in you the effects it produces. You can then use the mental models you come up with to review your own writing and make improvements to it. 9. This one is a bit counter intuitive, meant to make you think for a moment. The best writers do everything but write. Get your mind off writing and do other stuff. Why do I say that? It’s not because I’m such a hige fan of George R. R. Martin. Real world experiences and reading the books that stood the test of time is what puts weight behind your writing, not repetition or technical expertise, necessary as they are. Writing as an art is by nature paradoxical and it demands that we understand seemingly contradictory yet in reality complimentary positions. After completing the first draft of an article I usually stop myself from getting back to it the first thing next day and instead go skiing or do some other activity that takes my mind off the writing project for a while. Distance is crucial for you to get a fresh perspective on your ideas. 10. As Anthony Hopkins says, the most important thing is to just keep going.

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I started using A.I. to help me with my articles, and it is very impressive already. https://medium.com/data-driven-fiction/how-to-get-the-most-out-of-the-information-revolution-and-the-sudden-onslaught-of-a-i-4acc652e1863

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Alan Paul
Corey Bennett Boardman
Jonathan Michaelson
Fedor Shatukho
Griffin A. Hamilton
New comment 14d ago

"Oh, also I think you'll like this" doesn't go anywhere. #Create where you consume

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a golden nugget form building a personal monopoly with David Perell and Jack Butcher also here are my figmajam brainstorm notes #Build a personal monopoly

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Cory McClane
Tom Downs
Griffin A. Hamilton
Anthony Morley
Owen Sheasby
New comment 17d ago

so I started to create youtube shorts, and they are performing great, yesterday 1k views today 4k views... but as we all know the hook is the most important part when it comes to short-form content, here are my favorite ones: - Pov: ____ - Warning to (target market) - Unpopular opinion _____ - Dropped out of high school to pursue my dream of _____ - Why is nobody talking about ____? - The masculine urge to… - Maturing is realizing _____ - After 37 prototypes the (product name) is finally ready - My biggest regret is ___ - Here's something i wish i knew sooner - You need this if ___ - Before you scroll ___ - For my male/female audience - If you ___ listen up - Stop scrolling if you have ____ - 3 things everyone with ____ needs - If you struggle with ____ watch this - Best ____ alternative - I tried every ____ out there and here are the results… - ____ fans I need your help - I can't believe this ____ is only $__ - This is day 100 of ____ - If you're like me and ___ , then this ones for you - Customer wanted a refund because ___ - I finally found a way to quit ___ - 3 things that help my ___ - 5 things that cured my ___ - Here’s the best way to ___ - Before you buy ___ watch this. - Summer is coming you need this ___ - Just a friendly reminder… - No seriously you need this _ - If you struggle with _ watch this - [target audience] I need your opinion - I can’t believe I lived without _ - Y’all I need your help… - How to never be _ again - Extremely unpopular opinion _ - If you enjoy _ keep watching - [target market] stop scrolling.. - I finally got [the product] and omg.. - Just got my delivery from __ - Stop scrolling if you hate __ - If you're like me & do __ , then this ones for you... - Stop scrolling if you’re suffering from __ - 3 reasons you need a __ - WARNING! before you buy __ - Best __ alternative - Keep watching if you _ - If you hate _, you need a _ - If you want _, make sure to _ - Stop being an NPC and get a _ - I created a product for NPCs - I bet you have never seen the _ - F*ck it {blank} - She/He’s a 10 but {weird / funny trait} - I tried {blank} so you don’t have to - This is your sign to do {blank} - STOP SCROLLING - What I ordered vs. What I got - Open my package from {brand} with me - Come do {blank} with me - This may be controversial but {blank} - Don’t buy {blank}, buy {blank} instead - Everything you know about {blank} is 100% wrong. Here’s why! - Stop scrolling if you want {blank} - Here’s how I did {achievement} in {months/years} - Don’t start {blank} until you watch this video - This is the story of how I {blank} - What would you do if {blank} - I discovered the secret to {blank} - STOP doing this - {number} Life lesson I wish I knew earlier - Things I wish I knew before {blank} - Why is no one talking about {blank} - If you want to {blank} then you should be doing these things… - Here’s something I realised in my {20s/30s/40s/} - Bet you didn’t know how easy it was to {blank} - {blank} things that feel illegal to know - Why I don’t use {commonly used brand, website, etc.} - #1 thing you need to know before you buy {blank} - Red flags to look for in {blank} - Try this one hack to get {blank} - Here are 3 signs that you should {blank} - Here is my go-to {accessory / drink / food / etc.} for {activity} - I tried every {blank} so you don’t have to! - Is it just me, or… - You will look at {blank} differently by the end of this video - 3 questions I get asked about my {niche / business / title} all the time - A day in the life of {interesting character e.g. ‘homeless dropout’} - TikTok made me try it - Life Hack I wish I knew earlier - PSA: {blank} - This video might get me cancelled but {controversial statement} - You’ve been using {common thing} wrong this whole time - This will change the way you use {blank} - Exposing my secret to {blank} - This video is only for people who are {specific type of person e.g. ‘going thru a breakup right now’} - 3 {niche} life hacks in {specific number} seconds - I can’t believe NOBODY is talking about this… - This is why {blank} isn’t working - {specific number} things about {niche} I wish I knew earlier - Calling all {target audience} - This one mistake could be costing you {$} - This is why you’re {audience’s niche specific pain point e.g. ‘lazy & unproductive'}

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Fedor Shatukho
Andrew Poli
Jonathan Courtney
Paul Masters
Alex Coleman
New comment 18d ago

Here is a sample of my first content, in a channel I have made recently. Not everyone like poetry as I do but, I made this with only using AI! https://www.youtube.com/shorts/xp8gfFtEEjw

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Corey Bennett Boardman
Arsalan Bardsiri
New comment 19d ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3_PwvvfxIU

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Fedor Shatukho
Andrew Kirby
Christina Westergaard Larsen
Griffin A. Hamilton
New comment 20d ago

https://youtu.be/JKIOSnKX96E In this video, comedian Konstantin Kisin talks about what the UK (and the western world) should NOT be focusing on. Too much wOkEnEsS going on for the past few years...The climate religion has gone too far.

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Any Obsidian users out here? I'm trying to improve my note-taking process and would love to hear if you have any valuable resources on the topic.

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Fedor Shatukho
Data Science Disciple
Andrew Kirby
New comment 23d ago

https://youtu.be/IQqQKzMYvI4

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Obai Othman
Martin Lilly
Steve Hopkins
Roman Pearl
Anthony Morley
New comment 26d ago

I found this letter that Elon wrote on his company blog. He talks about his beginnings and how he wanted to bring Tesla to the market. Forward is it possible to model something like this in our business. He is a genius! I hope you get some good insights from him. Enjoy it! -----> Master Plan, Part Deux | Tesla

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#15 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die Since a lot of people have the goal of Financial Independence here, I can recommend 'The Psychology of Money'. It promises about 20 timeless lessons on wealth, greed and happiness. The author writes every lesson in short digestible chapters.

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Ragul M.d
Tarik Tekeli
Ellen Sörensen
New comment 27d ago

#Follow trends Use this thread to understand what the "Current Thing" is: https://twitter.com/visakanv/status/1476953517654896642 EDIT: 2023 version and explainer

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Ted Carr
Mia Cardenas
Rolf Schmidt
Christian Vandaos
Troy Scott
New comment Jan 6

Through chance, I stumbled over this: https://huberman.rile.yt/ Someone transcribed all of Andrew Hubermans materials and turned them into a second brain. After that, they/he trained a Large Language Model on it. So now you can get health advice from him, and be shown where he talked about it. I don't know how it's done practically, but this seems like a very obvious second-brain alternative to Obsidian (which I find a bit too clumsy), that the brains of Naval, Hormozi, and Steve Jobs could be put on. So feel free to use this, if you are into websites and LLM. It would be a great source of knowledge, and a potential goldmine, if you keep adding mentors. You could quickly build a competition to masterclass.com, udemy, teachable etc. If nobody does I might have to ask ChatGPT to help me build it on my own 😅

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Griffin A. Hamilton
Rolf Schmidt
Hannah Weaver
Riley Sather
Mario Giac
New comment Jan 5

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