Summary of “10 questions that can dramatically change your life”

The quality of our questions determines the quality of our lives.
I didn’t realize it back then, but this was mostly because I wasn’t asking myself the right questions.
I finally got around understanding that the common trait of successful people in all walks of life is that they mastered the skill of asking really good questions.
What followed was a journey to collect the best questions that could help me get out of a funk, stretch me beyond my limitation, and think differently.
The following 10 questions have dramatically changed my life, the way we run our company, and it’s used by some of the most successful leaders today to break through any barriers that come their way.
The question I’ve been training myself to always ask is, “How can we simplify this?” In other words, “What would this look like if it were easy?” This question alone has saved us hundreds of hours hiring, and allowed us to double our business with half the staff required.
It’s a question that Peter Thiel encourages the people he advises to ask themselves to stretch their limitations and boundaries.
It’s always worth questioning whether the traditional approach is actually the best way or if it appears that way because everyone else is doing it.

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Summary of “Brexodus has begun. We EU nationals know staying on is too big a gamble”

Call it the Brexodus: well-educated EU nationals with the global job market at their feet turning their back on a country they had thought of as a good and safe place to make their homes.
Many know at least one EU national or family who have left already.
Most EU nationals have also become used – even immune – to the English superiority complex vis-a-vis Europe, and to the periodical insults by leading politicians and media figures.
If EU nationals kept all their rights post-Brexit they would end up with more rights than the local population, and find themselves under protection of a foreign court – first-class citizens in a country not their own.
EU nationals in the UK have first-hand experience of the British government and state.
Highly educated EU nationals know that they have highly sought-after skills – many of us are not in British jobs taken by Europeans but in European jobs done in Britain.
Once you realise, as an EU citizen, that there is going to be a Brexodus of fellow nationals back to your home country, it makes sense to get ahead of the herd and secure a job before the market is flooded by returning immigrants with your specific set of skills.
Many EU nationals simply cannot afford to wait and see whether it behoves the British people to treat us well.

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Summary of “How Apple’s iPhone changed the world: 10 years in 10 charts”

Apple’s first iPhone was released 10 years ago this week – on June 29, 2007.
The iPhone put the internet in everyone’s pocket When Steve Jobs first unveiled the iPhone, he described it as a “a revolutionary mobile phone,” a “Widescreen iPod with touch controls” and a “Breakthrough Internet communications device.”
The iPhone transformed photography from a hobby to a part of everyday life Smartphones, along with their attendant photo-editing apps, put good cameras in everybody’s pockets and we all became prolific photographers.
The iPhone App Store changed the way software was created and distributed Apple launched its App Store in 2008 – a year after the iPhone’s launch – with 500 apps.
iPhone apps changed everything, even how people work On-demand work began with the first internet boom in the late 1990s.
The iPhone transformed Apple’s business – and drove massive growth In its 2006 fiscal year, Apple generated $1.9 billion of profit on $19.3 billion of revenue – mostly from the iPod and Mac.
The iPhone made Apple the world’s most valuable company In the years before the iPhone’s launch, Apple was still struggling.
Perhaps more interesting: The many things the iPhone has changed that are a degree or two away, and perhaps difficult to isolate or measure.

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Summary of “Zach Lowe’s 2017 NBA free agency preview, including the Celtics, Lakers, Heat and more”

The NBA has been spinning out of control since the Finals, and we’ve only now reached the main event: the kickoff of what should be a wild free agency period, even with a flattened cap that squeezed available room around the league.
The NBA knew the cap would skyrocket thanks to its mammoth new national TV deal.
Curry’s 5-year, $201M deal richest ever George heads to Thunder in megadeal Clips, Griffin agree to 5 years, $173M Wolves replace Rubio with Teague Spurs keep Mills for 4 years, $50M Latest buzz, rumblings and reports Trade Tracker: Butler, Paul & more Full team-by-team list of free agents Pelton: Best & worst deals on Day 1.
Utah’s hammer, a five-year deal, doesn’t even amount to much of an edge; Hayward can sign a three-year deal with any suitor, nearly match what he’d earn with the Jazz over that time, and re-enter free agency after 10 years of service – at which point players become eligible for a larger max contract.
The cap room bonanza of the past two offseasons warped the timing of free agency strategies.
Even the Kings, flush with almost infinite cap space if they renounce all three of Ben McLemore, Rudy Gay, and Darren Collison, could still approach $90 million in payroll ahead of next July’s free agency if they overpay Millsap now.
A potentially cramped cap environment next summer factors into Boston’s pursuit of Hayward and George; Isaiah Thomas enters free agency in a year, and Boston may be hoping a lack of space – plus an over-saturation of point guards – deflates his market below the max.
Toronto would feel much more comfortable with Lowry on a four-year, $100 million deal than on a five-year contract approaching $200 million.

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Summary of “In Towns Already Hit by Steel Mill Closings, a New Casualty: Retail Jobs”

Johnstown eventually became prosperous from its steel and offered a clear path to the middle class.
For generations, people could walk out of high school and into a steady factory job.
When Mr. Trump spoke about “Rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation” in his Inaugural Address, people like Donald Bonk, a local economic development consultant, assumed that Mr. Miller – who grew up in California but spent summers in Johnstown – was writing about the old Bethlehem Steel buildings that still hug long stretches of the Little Conemaugh River.
Here and in similar towns, when the factory jobs left, a greater share of the work force ended up in retail.
Sometimes that meant big-box retailers like Walmart, which were often blamed for destroying mom-and-pop stores but at least created other jobs for residents.
Digital firms may attract customers from small towns, but they are unlikely to employ them.
Some remaining retailers are straining for solutions.
Randy Clark remembers when his Miller’s Clothing Store, a family-run men’s wear shop, employed twice as many people and sold 20 pairs of pants a day.

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Summary of “iOS 11 preview: keep it simple, smarty”

You still start with a home screen grid of apps and folders, and the visual language that started way back in 2013 with iOS 7 isn’t radically changing either.
Multitasking The App Switcher is entirely new in iOS 11.
The real trick is bringing up a “Slide Over” app, which amounts to a skinny hovering window you can arrange on the left or right on top of either a single app or a split-view app.
It’s internal to the browser app so when you do it you can’t use split view to get another app – though you can bring in a slide over app.
Say you have two apps open in split view: you can drag on an image or some text, drag it over to the other app, and place it.
Files app The last part of the Trifecta of “Computer things” in iOS 11 is the most obvious one: a better way to handle files.
For developers, the App Store, for example, now splits out games and apps, which might help juice the market for real productivity apps on the iPad. It also created a really solid, automatic screen recording feature, which is the very thing I’ve used to make the GIFs in this article.
Keep it simple, smarty When you combine this trifecta of better multitasking, drag and drop, and the Files app, you get much closer to using the iPad like a traditional computer than ever before.

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Summary of “10 ways to do an information detox – A Life of Productivity”

Estimated Reading Time: 4 minutes, 49s. The information you consume over the course of the day has a significant impact on both your productivity and creativity.
Consuming information on autopilot is one of the worst things you can do for your productivity and creativity.
Here are 10 of my favorite ways to cut back on the fluff, and consume more valuable information throughout the day.
While you may want to continue consuming a few of these low-return items-being passively entertained can be fun in small doses-cut out the other low-return information: the things you consume that don’t contribute significant value or meaning to your life.
Some of the information we consume in autopilot just adds noise to our life, such as listening to the radio during our drive home.
While it’s important to take stock of what you regularly consume, it’s just as important to protect your time and attention against new information.
Consider what mediums you consume the most information from-if you’re anything like me, all of the unproductive information you consume could be coming from one or two places.
I quickly found that I retained hardly any of the information I took in, while I could remember quite well previous audiobooks I had read. Be mindful of whether you’re consuming too much information from any one medium.

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Summary of “The Human Rights of Women Entrepreneurs”

Here’s why writing quickly is important: YES, MANY OF US DO CARE. This is entirely immoral and outrageous behavior.
Most companies in Silicon Valley build cultures of dignity and collaboration in gender – and they have competent HR functions in place that ensure healthy and respectful behavior within a company.
If a professor propositions his adult university student, and defends his behavior by suggesting it’s just “Two consenting adults,” what do we think? Outrageous and immoral behavior that ignores the power relationship.
If a manager propositions his employee and defends his behavior by suggesting it’s just “Two consenting adults,” what do we think? Outrageous and immoral behavior that ignores the power relationship.
If an interviewing manager at a corporation propositions an applicant and defends his behavior by suggesting it’s just “Two consenting adults,” what do we think? Outrageous and immoral behavior that ignores the power relationship.
In the meantime, anyone who wants to improve our industry’s working conditions and overall ethical climate should be clear with each other that the kinds of behaviors cited in The Information article are unacceptable.
Any VC who agrees that this is a serious issue that deserves zero tolerance – and I certainly hope most do think this way – should stop doing business with VCs who engage in this behavior.
Entrepreneurs of all genders should stop considering those VCs. This behavior occurs in our industry not just because some believe it’s no big deal, but also because those who do find it unacceptable don’t do enough to actively discourage it.

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Summary of “How to get better at small talk”

The prospect of making small talk alternately causes people to roll their eyes and/or shudder.
Read on to make small talk less a burden and more an experience that’s actually enjoyable.
“Try to make everyone you talk with feel a little better about themselves after having met and talked to you,” he writes.
Whether the doorman at work or a fellow passenger on the train, try your hand at small talk with everyone, Rohan Sinha says.
“Listen to comedians, listen to talk-show hosts, listen to real people,” Edahn Small recommends.
Try to remember the kinds of questions they ask, how they follow up on the other person’s answers, and even how they make use of silence.
“There’s nothing wrong with just saying, ‘You know, I hate small talk, so how about we talk about something big?'” Derek Scruggs writes.
What’s more, Diaz says, it encourages the other person to talk about their own mishaps.

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Summary of “10X Your Results, One Tiny Action at a Time”

Many people can’t follow through on the things they really want to achieve in life because they are obsessed with the big picture, instead of keeping an eye on the crucial, tiny daily actions.
If you start focusing on an incremental system designed to help you take action daily, you can easily make 10x progress over time.
Consistent action coupled with time guarantees lasting progress.
They didn’t succeed because of one giant move, but rather a series of small and consistent actions over time.
Your 10x output is hidden in your small consistent actions!
Robert Collier once said, “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” Consistency and a series of purposeful actions will transform the way you work and hone in your chosen craft.
“I’m convinced you can do almost anything if you are willing to clarify your goals and then make the incremental investment over time to achieve them,” says Michael Hyatt.
Keeping score helps you identify action trends and see what’s working and what’s not.

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