I picked up an old notebook this morning. It was originally used for CFA Level III; equations fill the beginning and end of the book. In the middle are notes I took before, during, and after I left my previous job. One of the pages summarises my favourite points from Byron Wien's life lessons.
- Find a big idea that will make an impact on the people you want to influence. If you want to be successful and live a long, stimulating life, keep yourself at risk intellectually all the time.
- Network intensely. Luck plays a big role in life, get to know as many people as possible. Increase the surface area of your luck.
- Read all the time. Have a point of view before you start reading and see whether the author thought you were right or wrong.
- Evolve. Think of your life in phases to avoid burnout. Stay at risk throughout.
- Travel extensively. Try to go everywhere before you burn out.
- The hard way is always the right way. Never take shortcuts.
- Don't try to be better, try to be different. There will always be someone smarter than you, but there might not be someone as imaginative.
- There's a perfect job out there for everyone. Most people never find it. Keep looking.
- Try something new every year that is out of your comfort zone. This will add to the essential process of self-discovery.