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The source of many bad product decisions.

At the end of the day, there is only one flywheel that matters. Whoever spins it the fastest wins.

Everything grows logistically, creating an S-curve. This leads to two fundamental errors, one of under-confidence and one of over-confidence.

“For the simplicity on this side of complexity, I wouldn't give you a fig. But for the simplicity on the other side of complexity, for that I would give you anything I have.”

Oliver Wendell Holmes

When a strong IC is promoted to manager, it will be a while before they feel as competent again. Being an elite individual contributor is a peak competence experience, it will take time to rebuild, and that is natural.

"Four steps: choose a field, learn enough to get to the frontier, notice gaps, explore promising ones. This is how practically everyone who's done great work has done it, from painters to physicists."

- Paul Graham in How to Do Great Work