Aim for excellence.
It's easy to say that and even easier to believe you do it. But how many of us are actually ready to pay the price for excellence?
If you're aiming for excellence, act accordingly in your day to day life. Honour excellent things (like yourself, presumably!). Yes, don't take yourself too seriously. But don't also take yourself too unseriously.
Simplicity is hard.
Simplicity can only be achieved by:
Start by saying no while you're doing the first step (adding). Notice how I didn't say "add, then add a little bit more since you're going to eliminate later".
We must define what we're simply not interested in.
Yes, the world is your oyster. You can become anything you want to be.
But you cannot become everything at the same time.
Once you've decided which one it is going to be out of that spectrum of possibilities, you must say no to everything else.
In other words, you must use the power of No to become what you've chosen.
It's more comfortable to live in the "anything" than in the "one thing". The majority of people is living in "anything" — the undefined-yet feels safer.
There's the virtual and the real.
The virtual has it purpose: visualising the future is one of them. But too much virtual can be mistaken with the real.
Whatever comes with peace and silence. Don't try to understand this at the mind level though.
Timeless is another way of saying long-term.
What's trendy or hot is not timeless. What's made based on the virtual is not timeless.
We compromise timelessness for anything.
How can you know what is timeless? Your mind won't know what is timeless. Give yourself a gap in thinking and you'll "know" what timeless is — but this "knowing" is not at the conceptual level.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
The whole = the Spirit.
You can understand the parts with your mind. You can "understand" the Spirit through your consciousness.
The greatest things we, Humanity, have ever done, are imbued with the Spirit. Write down what you deem as the greatest inventions Humanity has ever made: you'll notice the Spirit was what awed you.
Inspiration is fine. Imitation is not.
We're afraid of being called copycats because we overestimate what is imitation.
The more you're driven by virtual, the closer you'll steer into imitation.
The more you're driven by non-virtual, the more you'll steer into inspiration. Inspiration is only drawn into "the sum of the parts" - the Spirit will add your personal contribution to the creation.
Dare to be eclectic.
We build things that fit like a glove. We say no to Swiss knives: it's not what we're interested in.
Every tool must have one overarching use. Sub-uses are fine, but there's no such thing as "The product is made for this AND...that".
The moment there's an "and" in the unique value proposition, there's a problem. "And" contradicts "Unique".
Rather than one product with 5 use cases, it's better to have 5 products, each with their own use case.
It's better to be lost in so many products than to get lost within the product.
Ask yourself why are you doing what you're doing.
After you answer, keep asking the same question about the answer. Repeat.
Sooner or later you'll get to the bottom answer: to advance the Human Species.
Why would we advance the Human Species? Because one day we will compare our Civilization to another one.
Now that you've read this, the responsibility is in your hands as well. Try to advance it.
Scale = an energy machine.
This energy machine is built on two pillars:
What we commonly call scale is a working energy machine: you deploy energy to this machine and at the other end you'll receive "more".
That "more" = "results that would have taken you more energy to achieve, if it wasn't for the machine".
Something out of nothing is created within the machine.
Understand this and you'll understand business.
We're aiming at compounded growth.
Our legacy must aim at multi-generational continuity. Why?
There are compounded results within multi-generational efforts.
Family is #1.
There's Yin-Yang in everything. Where there's simplicity, timelessness, eclecticism, when the virtual is deafened and there's an aim towards excellence —— there's Tao.
Take for example the "Power of No" principle: within the definition of "anything" lies the elimination of "anything minus that one thing you've chosen" (which is over 99%)
Yin-Yang or Tao don't have any political or religious affiliation in our case. They are there to represent the mental concepts: a serpent eating its own tail, the Möbius strip explaining the 4th dimension or the beginning and the end being connected. If this paragraph feels too abstract, think of mastery: we call mastery what looks like amateur, but done skilfully and elegantly. That's the beginning and the end being connected.
Innovation happens only through thinking from the ground up.
Thinking from the ground up means everyone thinks for themselves: not all the time, but when it's most needed. It's not comfortable, but it's how we can assure we're not (too) stuck in our own thinking.
Thinking through basic principles from the ground up is based on one paramount other concept: transparent truthfulness.
Perfectly-sized measures are too short rather than too—
Nothing really matters.
Not even the last principles we've written – we can't afford to be attached to the principles as dogma. Otherwise we risk getting attached to virtual voices.
We've written them down to solidify our thinking. The same way you might write down notes in an attempt to read the book, in this case we're attempting to read our brain's successful thinking.
But ultimately, they're virtual.
So we cannot afford not to break the principles where needed, simply because we've written them. It would mean we're attached to a dead version of ourselves: the version of ourselves that is from the past.
Principles must be broken every now and then.