A New World | IkarisDaily #46

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Wednesday, 27 April 2022

Again, sorry about yesterday too. It’s getting really busy. Take-off is in T-2 days. I’ll try to be as consistent as possible until then, and on the trip as well. But, it’s going to be hectic so bear with me if I miss any days.

I kept it short and sweet today. I finished Zero to One. Honestly, I didn’t expect it. I just got to the end of the chapter and saw the Conclusion. It’s funny because I’ve read the book before but didn’t even see the end coming. Anyways…

1) Zero to One — Final Chapter

When plotted out, founders’ traits appear to follow an inverse normal distribution. They can have all these traits at the same time, and whenever they are present, they powerfully reinforce each other. The cycle starts with unusual people and ends with them acting and seeming even more unusual.

Unique founders can make authoritative decisions, inspire personal loyalty and plan ahead for decades. Paradoxically, impersonal beauracracies staffed by trained professionals can last longer than any lifetime, but they usually act with short term time horizons.

For us, the lesson is that we need founders. We have to be more tolerant of founders who seem strange or extreme; these unusual individuals lead companies beyond mere incrementalism.

For founders, the lesson is that individual prominence can never be enjoyed except on the condition that it may be exchanged for individual notoriety and demonization — so be careful.

Founders are important as they can bring out the best work from everybody at their company.

The single greatest danger for a founder is to become so certain of his own myth that he loses his mind. An equally insidious danger is for a business to lose all sense of myth and mistake disenchantment for wisdom.

If even the most farsighted founders cannot plan past the next 20 to 30 years, is there anything we can say about the very distant future? There are 4 possible occurrences that the distant future can follow. Of them all, the possibility of Takeoff is most likely. This involves us creating new technology to make a much better future. The most dramatic version of this outcome is The Singularity — An imagined result of new technologies so powerful that they transcend the current limits of our understanding.

However, what The Singluraity looks like is less important than the stark choice we face today: doing nothing or something. We cannot take for granted that the future will be better, which means we need to work to create it today.

Our task today is to find singular ways to create new things that will make the future better. We have to go from 0 to 1. The essential first step is to think for yourself. Only by seeing the world anew, can we recreate it and preserve it for the future.

Ah a decent day.. Getting really busy though, as I mentioned. I’m thinking about the next book to read too. I’ll have 10 hours of travel on Friday, which means I can get A LOT done. I’ll keep you guys updated on what I manage to do. But for now, see you tomorrow!

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