Stephen Curry interview

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/05/stephen-curry-golden-state_n_6623606.html

During your brief time with Coach [Mike] Krzyzewski and Team USA, what’s the biggest influence that he’s had on you?

My two experiences with Team USA … [Coach K] knows how to build a team, and that’s something as a leader with the Warriors [I can use]. I’ve learned a lot of how to communicate with whoever’s labeled the top guy, all the way to the last guy of the roster — just how important each piece is to winning. Obviously when all the NBA guys go to Team USA, you take on different roles, and [Coach K] has a great way of just simplifying things so that you understand.

And putting away all of the egos?

The biggest thing with putting away egos is you put away your egos, but keep them at the same time — meaning that you don’t change who you are, and you play the way that you’re comfortable with, but it doesn’t matter who gets the credit as long as you’re winning. And you’ll feel a special bond due to those memories that you go through because you were a part of winning.

Do the right thing and do the thing right

http://blog.vgod.tw/2010/05/07/do-the-right-thing-and-do-the-thing-right/

之前討論do the right thing and then do thing right,
比較多從做的事情是不是對社會有正面影響的角度切入,
例如 Enron就是do the wrong thing and do thing right,所以造成破壞。

Vgod從另一個角度切入,他提到:
「他們其實不是做得不好。只是根本沒搞清楚重要的事是什麼,所以雖然花了很多力氣,但方向完全就搞錯了,不重要的事做到200%也不會變重要。此外,更糟的是他們一直都沒有意識到哪裡不對了,所以才理直氣壯的來討分數。反觀能讓人眼睛一亮的組,他們一開始就花了比較多力氣確定要做什麼才是對的,一旦確定後,雖然做的事情可能比較小,但因為做了「對的事」並且也把事情「做對了」(do the right thing and do the thing right),成果就能讓非常人印象深刻。

一個最好的現代例子莫過於twitter。twitter的功能實在簡單到不行,在web 1.0甚至bbs時代就有一大票功能遠強過twitter的留言板或論壇網站,但twitter卻異軍突起了。原因很單純,twitter選擇了幾個對的事(WEB+限制長度的短訊+公開API),然後把他們做到最好。

Do the right thing and do the thing right雖然是很簡單的概念,但令人意外的,即使在世界上可能是天才密度最高的地方,卻還是只有非常、非常少人能同時做到。」

另外這篇文章提到的MIT學生的狀況,沒有想像中的夢幻,
之前以為Cal是因為有Junior transfer,讓整體水準變水,
才知道MIT根本也是一個樣。
會變塑造成很神猛,大概因為很神猛的才會被報導出來,
被報導出來的又真的特神猛,才形塑出這樣的樣子。

當然許多人會說國外名校出來好找工作,
一個原因是他們在學校時資源多,真的讓他們整體大提升,
另一個是國外大公司多,他們地緣上接近,沒簽證問題,讓他們好找很多。
當然還有許多各種原因就是了。
但起碼就我個人體會、看哈佛教授、Vgod的文章,
很確定本身資質來說,國外名校學生也沒比較猛,

後天培養的部份居多。這說明好的整體性教育項目很重要!

Why not you?

http://www.caseinterview.com/why-not-you?

This comment is also inspiring

WHY NOT YOU?
In my opinion, that question is one of THE best questions to ask yourself when you’re contemplating a new challenge.

I have had a lot of self doubt in my life. As many of you know, I have struggled with low self esteem for most of my life. But, one thing I am grateful for is that despite this, I didn’t let these thoughts stop me from taking action.

Who am I to be capable enough to do that?
I was thinking, “Geez, there are consultants with a Harvard undergrad, a Harvard MBA, and a Harvard MD — oh crap, that is impressive. I mean I’m not an MBA. I’m not an MD. How in the world am I supposed to keep up?”

(Hint — clients are first and foremost human beings. Human beings are more similar than dissimilar to other human beings. Human beings have several common traits — a lot of them worry about stuff, many have insecurities, and we all just want to belong. When you realize this, you realize a billionaire human being vs. a non-billionaire human being are still both… well, human beings.)

By the way, the vast majority of the people who get MBB offers are surprised they got it. Many did not think they could do it. But they followed my guidance, and practiced a lot and got it

What you are actually capable of is GREATER than what you PERCEIVE yourself to be capable of.

It was not my natural talent that has led to my success, it was my willingness to put in the effort. The wonderful thing about this is it is a CHOICE available to any human being. Because talent without effort, still does not get you anywhere. Nobody is born ready to be a management consultant, a Superbowl champion quarterback, or in any other career.

We are all born human… and human beings are often much more capable than they realize.

99% of Networking Is a Waste of Time

https://hbr.org/2015/01/99-of-networking-is-a-waste-of-time

The key to networking is to stop networking. Nobody wants to have a ‘networking conversation,’ especially those who are at the highest levels of business and politics. They are hungry for real conversations and real relationships. It just has to be authentic, genuine and sincere. In the end, I put myself in the most target-rich area and then just go with the flow and spend time with who I enjoy

Everyone gets this wrong. They try to look right and sound right and end up being completely forgettable.I’m having a ball just being myself. I don’t wear suits or anything like that. I do not care about first impressions. I’d almost rather make a bad first impression and let people discover me over time than go for an immediate positive response. Curiously, research I read years ago suggests that you build a stronger bond over time with someone who doesn’t like you immediately compared to someone who does.

I prefer to be disengaged 90% of the time. I live in Bloomfield Hills, in the Detroit area, and I don’t do anything social there. I love Detroit because no one comes to visit, and there are very few distractions. This is my escape for crucial family time. Being removed from the fray 90% of the time reduces a lot of drama.”Almost everything in life is worthless noise, and a very few things are exceptionally valuable. This is as true in networking as it is in almost every other area of life.

Peter Thiel’s inspiring talk

In my eighth grade junior high school yearbook one my friends wrote, I know you’re going to get into Stanford. Four years later, I went to Stanford Law School, ended up at a big law firm in New York where from the outside everybody wanted to get in and on the inside everybody wanted to leave and it was this very strange dynamic where I realized, this was maybe not the best idea, and I left after seven months and three days.

Other people down the hall told me, it’s really reassuring to see you leave, Peter, I had no idea that it was possible to escape from Alcatraz, which of course all you had do was go out the front door and not come back. But so much of people’s identities got wrapped up in winning these competitions that they somehow lost sight of what was important, what was valuable. Competition does make you better at whatever it is that you’re competing at because when you’re competing you’re comparing yourself with the people around you. I’m figuring out how to beat the people next to me, how do I do somewhat better than whatever it is they’re doing and you will get better at that. I’m not questioning that, I’m not denying that, but there often comes this tremendous price that you stop asking some bigger questions about what’s truly important and truly valuable. Don’t always go through the tiny little door that everyone’s trying to rush through, maybe go around the corner and go through the vast gate that nobody is taking.

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Q: If someone worked at Goldman Sachs out of college and left after six months and is now studying CS at Stanford, how would you recommend rethinking their competitive advantage?

A: I am not great at the psychotherapy stuff, so I don’t quite know how to solve this. There are these very odd studies they have done on people who go to business school, this one was done at the Harvard Business School where it’s sort of the anti-Asbergers personality, where people are super extroverted, generally have low convictions, few ideas and you have sort of a hothouse environment you put all these people and for two years and at the end of it, they systematically end up, the largest cohort systematically ends up doing the wrong thing, they try to catch the last wave. in 1999 everyone tried to work with Mike Milken, this was a few years before he went to jail for all the junk bond stuff.

They were never interested in Silicon Valley or tech except for 1999, 2000 when they timed the dotcom bubble peaking perfectly. 2005 to 2007 was housing, private equity, stuff like this. This tendency for us to see competition as validation is very deep, I don’t think there’s some easy psychological formula to avoid this. I don’t quite know how what sort of therapy to recommend.

My first starting point, which is only going to be maybe ten percent of the way, is to never underestimate how big a problem it is. We always think that this is something that afflicts other people. We always point to people in business school, people at Harvard or people on Wall Street, but it actually does afflict all of us to a very profound degree. We always think of advertising as this thing that works on other people, for all the stupid people who follow ads on TV, but they obviously work to some extent and they work to the disturbing extent on all of us and it’s something we must work to overcome.