These are a few observations and realizations I’ve made over the past two months working in SF full-time.

  • Do not run away from reality. Confirm it is true and move on.

  • A short 1-page memo can help you make a decision.

  • Living in a dirty room brings me shame and cleaning it makes me feel much better.

  • Creating calendar events is the first step to reliably commiting to a schedule.

  • Real-life has an endless horizon. It is very easy to push something off until tomorrow since tomorrow will look very similar to today.

  • Technology that allows one to log every thought in real time will unlock infinite economic value. So many ideas are fleeting and forgotten.

  • Code reviews are trust reviews.

  • You really have no idea what is going on in someone’s life.

  • Entitlement wears away each time you fail.

  • Few acknowledge the luck underlying their success.

  • Resourcefulness and attentive listening are superpowers.

  • Few people want fame, but everyone wants the respect of their peers.

  • Not all opinions need to be public.

  • SF is the most unequal city in the world.

  • The easiest way to build friendships is with consistent, repeated interactions.

  • Learning a large codebase is an unsolved problem.

  • Most complain about their surroundings being uninteresting, but few try to make themselves interesting.

  • It is always worth it to write things down.

  • I’d rather spend my energy on optimism than pessimism.