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  1. The Start-Up of You - Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career My notes: Prince Ramanan
  2. All Humans are Entrepreneurs! ….not because they start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA, and creation is the essence of entrepreneurship.
  3. Permanent beta is essentially a lifelong commitment to continuous personal growth. For life in permanent beta, the trick is to never stop starting. The start-up is you.
  4. Winning careers, like winning start-ups, are in permanent beta: always a work in progress.
  5. Your competitive advantage is formed by the interplay of three different, ever-changing forces: • your assets, • your aspirations/values • the market realities
  6. Often it's when you come in contact with challenges other people find hard, but you find easy that you know you're in possession of a valuable soft asset.
  7. Many people think you get career stability by minimizing all risk. But ironically, in a changing world, that's one of the riskiest things you can do.
  8. Remember: If you don't find risk, risk will find you
  9. You remake yourself as you grow and as the world changes. Your identity doesn't get found. It emerges!
  10. One lunch is worth dozens of emails.
  11. Before dreaming about the future or marking plans, you need to articulate what you already have going for you - as entrepreneurs do.
  12. The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.
  13. Great opportunities almost never fit your schedule.
  14. Observe, orient, decide, act. It’s fighter pilot terminology. If you have the faster OODA loop in a dogfight, you live. The other person dies. In Silicon Valley, the OODA loop of your decision-making is effectively what differentiates your ability to succeed.
  15. How you manage your own personal career is the exact way you manage a small business. Your brand matters.
  16. Involve yourself in organizations that try to systemically improve society at a massive scale.
  17. A team in the business world will tend to perform at the level of the worst individual team member. Remember this in your recruiting
  18. Make sure a certain percentage of the people that you're hiring are generalists so that you can be, kind of reconfigured in the workforce pretty easily.
  19. Seeing what someone's reading is like seeing the first derivative of their thinking.
  20. Whether you want to learn a new skill or simply be better at the job you were hired to do, it's now your job to train and invest in yourself.
  21. Establish an identity independent of your employer, city, and industry. This way, you’ll have a professional identity that you can carry with you as you shift jobs.
  22. If something worthwhile will be riskier in five years than it is now, be more aggressive about taking it on now. As you age and build more assets, your risk tolerance shifts.
  23. This formal philosophy of learning treats knowledge like a fixed asset: learn, then you have it forever! But as a modern professional, you can't acquire knowledge this way, because the knowledge you need isn't static. it's always changing
  24. The HR department is like the soldiers in the movie 300, holding the line. They have no power to say yes but enormous power to say no. Their job is to prevent you from moving forward. Find a way to vault past them by getting introductions to people who can say yes.
  25. If you want to find out how resourceful you can be, shrink your budget. Move your deadlines up. See how you cope. This may make you more resilient to actual hardships that inevitably arise.
  26. Throwing your heart into something is great, but when any one thing becomes all that, you stand for, you're vulnerable to an identity crisis when you pivot to a Plan B.
  27. Making a decision reduces opportunities in the short run but increases opportunities in the long run. To move forward in your career, you have to commit to specific opportunities as part of an iterative plan, despite doubt and despite inconvenience.
  28. Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky. They're attached to people. If you're looking for an opportunity, you're really looking for a person.
  29. How you gather, manage, and use information will determine whether you win or lose.
  30. The most entrepreneurial employees want to establish personal brands that stand apart from their employers. It's a rational, necessary response to the end of lifetime employment.
  31. If I ever hear a founder talk about oh this is how I have a balanced life so on and so forth? They're not committed to winning.
  32. Network! When information moves back and forth between knowledgeable people who care, the signal strengthens. Two (or more) well-coordinated brains beat one every time.
  33. Hope you Enjoyed reading! Prince Ramanan