Role models

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Photo by JJ Ying on Unsplash

When looking for people to model after look both forwards and backwards. That is start by looking for someone in a position you want to be in within 2-5 years that you respect and admire. Then look at someone who is 2-5 years behind you who you respect and admire. Both types of role model have something to teach you.

Celebrate the small wins

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Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash

An ambitious vision and goal can be energizing, but life is made up of small wins. The journey will be much more enjoyable when you take moments to appreciate and celebrate your micro-successes. This heuristic works for both individuals and teams.

Goal alignment

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Photo by Kate Trysh on Unsplash

Part of the value behind a clearly communicated vision is achieving goal alignment. When everyone (those who stay) knows what the end state is they are more motivated and better able to contribute. The importance of clear communication increases as team size increases.

Acute awareness

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Photo by Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash

The magic of life exists in the subtleties. An obtuse frame of mind will miss these subtleties. There is this delicate balance between being able to scan a large field with comprehension and zoom in on the finest of detail.

Document everything

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Photo by Adam Marcucci on Unsplash

Increasingly we use sophisticated algorithms to derive insights and products from data. Participation in this new economy requires a digitization of our work and life. Any non-AI-assisted activity will be seen as a hobby or vestigial behavior.

Echo chamber

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Photo by Pablo Rebolledo on Unsplash

Isolation, for long periods of time, is dangerous. It limits access to reality. Biases go undiscovered and theories go untested. Seek out those who hold opposing views and spark thoughtful disagreement.

Know the end result

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Photo by Clint McKoy on Unsplash

Trying to know everything is futile, but knowing the desired result is always possible. By focusing and refining the end state you avoid analysis paralysis. The result will be quicker decisions and effective action.