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How to master your life - Leading a better life - Quora
"Being successful at The Sims is very easy. It’s just like real life, **except without a barrier between what you decide and what you do.**"

Say you want to get fit.

In the Sims, you immediately buy whatever lame fitness equipment you can afford. If you can’t afford anything, go run in the park. Each day you tell your Sim to spend a spare minute exercising, and although progress is slow, you see their bars slowly inch up. Success is guaranteed.

In real life you think about getting fit. You’re not sure what to buy. Can you really afford the ‘right’ equipment? You read reviews. Do you have enough time? You ask questions on Quora. Maybe you buy something. You don’t know how to use it. Maybe you use it a couple times. You don’t see any results. You talk and think and share and do anything but exercise.

The first lesson from The Sims is good decisions require little thought. To get fit: exercise. To be smarter: read. To eat healthier: cook. Such mechanics are elementary to a child playing the game, but when leading your own life, your mischievous mind paralyses you with too much thinking. Stop holding out for perfect decisions. Pick. Act.

You can solve half the hassles of humanity this way. “I like this girl, how do I get her to like me?” Just click on her, and pick something.

“But what do I say?” Anything moves you closer to your goal. Pick something. “But she might not like me!” Right now, she doesn’t even know you. Fix that. Pick something.

The second lesson from The Sims is to nurture your state.

If your Sim is tired, desperate for company or wetting themselves, they won’t get much done. A decent player keeps an eye on these bars and never lets them slide too far; the exceptional player builds a life that takes care of them automatically.

And so it is in real life. If you’ve found yourself having a crappy pointless argument, chances are you were a bad mix of tired, stressed, or hungry at the time. If you want to be your wittiest, smartest, and most resilient, you’d better take consistently good care of yourself. The best way to be consistently awesome is to be in a consistently good state.

The third lesson from The Sims is to build selected skills.

Almost every action your Sim can take makes them better at something. Some skills are easier to gain, depending on your natural strengths, but you can get impressively decent at just about anything with time.

You don't live forever though, so to get great at something means saying no to something else. You must pick, and focus. Fully developed strengths tend to make your weaknesses irrelevant. Woody Allen would not be better off if he had spent less time writing and more time at the gym.
insight  game  gaming  Sims  life  lesson  parallel  paradigm-shift  inspiration  motivation  profound 
november 2013 by dandv
Peter Thiel’s CS183: Startup - Class 8 Notes Essay
Insist that you pitch in the morning.

VCs see a lot of pitches. Make yours unusual. Add jokes.

Pitch to junior associates, not to senior partners, because the former need good deals to add to their name, otherwise they won't become senior partners, while the latter are wealthy and won't care much.

Show the VCs how your deal is oversubscribed. They don't want to lose a deal to the competition.

Keep the first pitch simple. You'll have to pitch again anyway, so you can get into details then.

Pitch when you don't need money. That's when you're strongest. The average financing takes 1-3 months anyway.

The CEO is the one who has to pitch. Larry Ellison and Warren Buffet still do it.

Avoid the standard pitch format ("Facebook for dogs"). Instead, make an affirmative statement like SpaceX: "Launch costs haven't come down in decades. We slash them by 90%." Formula: problem + solution = money.

Instead of Powerpoint, tell a story; people like them. Proof: Hollywood.

Never ask for NDA.
Thiel  tips  howto  entrepreneurship  lesson  startup 
may 2012 by dandv

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