Month: August 2020


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Scarcity of Attention & Trusted sources

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My boss at LinkedIn shared a great article with us the other day and I have found myself reading it a few times now, and thinking about my Information diet. The article is titled “Who to Ignore — 3 Bullshit Filters”

“In other words: geeks will inherit the Earth. We are moving from the Industrial Age to the Knowledge age, and from scarcity of Capital to scarcity of Attention. Software and the Internet enable “permissionless innovation” where the best product wins and has very low cost distribution: this is changing the world.

It’s important to listen to people who know that this is happening, and take it very seriously. They have a deep appreciation and respect for the engineer’s “craft”, and they are either building for this new world or they build networks and information diets to stay close to these developments. 

It’s such an important change in society that the opinion and predictions of those who don’t get this or are “wishing it away” nostalgically should be discounted.”

  1. As Munger said: “Show me the incentive and I’ll show you the outcome.” Be wary of views coming from people who are not free to speak their minds on the topic at hand, because of their existing incentives.
  2. Favour views from those who get paid for being right, discount views from those who get paid for sounding right.
  3. The balance of power is being overturned by information technology. Favour people who deeply understand it and work it into their world view.

Kevin Scott said regarding an “Information Diet”

“Healthy” Information Diet Suggestions
 Kevin Scott suggests that we “train” our AI on what
information we want to see in our media newsfeeds by
implementing a ‘70/25/5 rule’.

 Use 70% of your time reading high-standard,
editorially sound content that possibly has a peer
review. These sources should primarily shape your
professional or work interests.

 Use 25% of your time to learn something new and
different, but not necessarily job related or from a
media source that you favor.

 Use the final 5% of your time to scan through
blogs, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc…