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How to Think for Yourself

The human tendency for imitation is a common roadblock to first principles thinking. 

When most people envision the future, they project the current form forward rather than projecting the function forward and abandoning the form. 

 For instance, when criticizing technological progress some people ask, “Where are the flying cars?” 

Here’s the thing: We have flying cars. They’re called airplanes. People who ask this question are so focused on form (a flying object that looks like a car) that they overlook the function (transportation by flight).

 This is what Elon Musk is referring to when he says that people often “live life by analogy.” Be wary of the ideas you inherit. Old conventions and previous forms are often accepted without question and, once accepted, they set a boundary around creativity.  

This difference is one of the key distinctions between continuous improvement and first principles thinking. Continuous improvement tends to occur within the boundary set by the original vision. By comparison, first principles thinking requires you to abandon your allegiance to previous forms and put the function front and center. What are you trying to accomplish? What is the functional outcome you are looking to achieve? 

Optimize the function. Ignore the form. 

This is how you learn to think for yourself.

(via Innovative Thinking)

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Productivity Hack?

My kanban board uses the following workflow: 

1. Backlog (where I stick anything I think of whenever it occurs to me) 

2. This week (where I put the 25 things I intend to do this week) 

3. Today (Where I put the 8 things I intend to do today) 

4. Current Pomodoro (where I put the one thing I’m focusing on now) 

5. Delegated (Where I put the things I’ve asked someone else to do) 

6. Done (this should be clear enough)

(via As A Startup CEO, What Is Your Favorite Productivity Hack?)

These are the 25 most high-tech cities in the world | World Economic Forum

3. London, England London has become a public transportation dream over the last year with the introduction of its Crossrail project. By 2018, 10 new train lines will connect 30 existing stations with brand-new tunnels. At $20 billion, it’s the largest construction project in Europe. 2thinknow finds London has more startups and programmers than almost any other city in the world. By some estimates, there may be more IT jobs in London than all of California. Some estimates say there will be 11,000 new tech jobs added within the next decade. 

2. New York, New York New York is a special kind of tech heavyweight. It is both extremely dated in its infrastructure, but at the same time, unbelievably progressive. According to the state comptroller’s office, nearly 7,000 high-tech companies in New York City provided more than 100,000 jobs during the third quarter of 2013. In addition to starting companies, the city also launches integrated, citywide technology: LinkNYC, a free Wifi service, has over 500 kiosks around Manhattan available for public use, and many experts believe the city is just getting started. 

1. San Francisco, California If every city claims to be the “Silicon Valley” of its particular home country, you can guarantee Silicon Valley is the gold standard for tech. Since 2thinknow defines the region by its largest neighboring city, San Francisco takes the top spot. It is the undeniable epicenter of all things tech, from its gigantic startup culture to its venture capital scene to its population of designers and programmers. Silicon Valley wins in just about every category because the supply chain of innovation has made its home there, even as smaller contenders claw at the title.

(via These are the 25 most high-tech cities in the world | World Economic Forum)

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Any of the wide variety of flavored coffee drinks offered at convenience stores such as Circle K or 7 Eleven that can be purchased for less than half the price of a Starbucks cappuccino. Let’s stop by the Circle K for some cheappuccinos tonight. It’s gonna be freakin’ cold, and all I’ve got is $1.25 in my wallet. #not-a-latte#coffee#starbuck’s#circle k#7 eleven

(via Urban Dictionary: cheappuccino)

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