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Investment: Putting skin in the game

Investment is all about two things. First, it’s about adequately investing in your efforts in order to build momentum and ensure their success. For if you aren’t adequately invested, they’ll fail to make progress. But investment is also about putting some skin in the game. It’s about putting something on the line and having something to lose. If you don’t have something to lose, then you most likely will.

Investment is all about putting something on the line, and having skin in the game

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This is the book Essentialism, which we mentioned in the session. It’s all about the disciplined pursuit of less. It’s about how (and why) we should stop saying yes to everything, and start saying no to things. It’s about how to focus, and how by doing so, you end up in your highest state of contribution. It’s a fantastic book for every context you are considering optimizing.

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