I just read through Jeff Bezos' annual letter to shareholders and highlighted the parts I thought were most interesting. You can view the full letter with all of my highlights here.
And here are a few of the choicest highlights:
On High Standards
"High standards are contagious. Bring a new person onto . . .
Don't get jealous. Get happy.
ESPN posted this interview with Portland Trail Blazer guards Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
I loved this exchange between the reporter, Chris Haynes (CH), and Damian:
CH: Dame, most players, you know, they see somebody [C.J. in this case] possibly can take minutes away from them, they wouldn't be as . . .
The power of engaging with one thing at a time
The other day I was in the middle of emptying the dishwasher, and my phone buzzed.
I checked it, and there was a request for information.
I walked over to my desk to look up the information and sent it over.
Then I happened to see a new email. I read it and began to think about my reply.
I looked over and saw my journal, . . .
Think about the last time you worked out hard.
Was it fun while you were doing it? Hell no.
It was probably somewhere between bearable (“Come on Pete! Only 6 more minutes. You got this.”) and terrible (“I can’t do this. Yes I can … look I’m still moving. Maybe I should stop. No! I got this.”).
Then think about how . . .
I've searched for jobs. I've been hired. I've hired people. I've read more resumes and cover letters than I can remember. I've sat through interviews. I've seen people I love go through the job hunt.
Over and over again, I've noticed lots of people make these mistakes:
1. They focus too much on why a job is good for them, and not . . .
You don't love yourself enough or you'd love your nature too and what it demands of you.
- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 5.1
Our nature demands that we get out of bed in the morning.
Our nature demands that we exert our bodies.
Our nature demands that we tackle hard challenges.
Our nature demands . . .
It's Friday afternoon and I am working remotely in Oregon's high desert.
Standing Desk Life Wherever I Go
I woke up early this morning and hit the road for the three hour drive.
By 10:00 AM I was plugged in at my quiet and peaceful "desk" with a beautiful view.
In an hour or so when I wrap up, I won't . . .