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Biases Holding You Back From Rational Thinking

The Mission Newsletter, 11/16/18

“Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” -C. S. Lewis


6 Biases Holding You Back From Rational Thinking –

“Emotions are continually affecting our thought processes and decisions, below the level of our awareness. And the most common emotion of them all is the desire for pleasure and the avoidance of pain. Our thoughts almost inevitably revolve around this desire; we simply recoil from entertaining ideas that are unpleasant or painful to us. We imagine we are looking for the truth, or being realistic, when in fact we are holding on to ideas that bring a release from tension and soothe our egos, make us feel superior. This pleasure principle in thinking is the source of all of our mental biases…”

The Hidden Dangers of Confusing Attention with Accomplishment

“Here’s a fundamental truth about creating compelling work that many don’t get: attention and accomplishment are incredibly different animals, and confusing one for the other will cause you to delude yourself into thinking you’re making progress towards a goal.”

3 Tips for Hiring Top Engineers (according to a Google engineer)

“As an engineer and an early stage investor I find the technical interview process fascinating, especially at startups. I see a lot of startups copying the interview process of large organizations which makes little sense because I believe startups are inherently looking for different engineers than Google. Normally startups are searching for engineers with a strong product sense who understand business and above all — deliver. Startups want engineers who execute at a high level, are hungry, and passionate about the problem space. To hire quality entrepreneurial engineers for your startup, I suggest dropping the standard interview process and giving these 3 tactics a shot.”

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