Twenty Things You Need To Know
Julien Smith, May 28, 2012
1. The world is trying to keep you stupid.
2. Do not have faith in institutions to educate you.
3. Read as much as you can
"Goal: condense decades of experiences into the shortest period of time possible. Fastest way to do this? Learn vicariously through other peoples' experiences. Why? Our brains can't tell the difference between something real and something vividly imagined.
"I taught myself how to speed-read and devoured books about business, politics, psychology, economics, technology, science, and more. My objective was learn as much about the world as possible. But it wasn't just books. I poured through hundreds of annual reports/10ks, how-to manuals, trade publications, scientific studies, and reports on a variety of industries, from Drywall Contracting to Natural Gas Wholesaling. Goal: learn everything possible about the structure of commerce to discover the patterns of business success."
- Emerson Spartz