Edited excerpt from Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel:
What important truth do very few people agree with you on?
This is a question that sounds easy because it’s straightforward. Actually, it’s very hard to answer. It’s intellectually difficult because the knowledge that everyone is taught in school is by definition agreed upon. And it’s psychologically difficult because anyone trying to answer must say something she knows to be unpopular. Brilliant thinking is rare, but courage is in even shorter supply than genius.
(1) My answer to Peter’s question: “Most entrepreneurs and VCs believe that when you’re not growing fast enough, you should do more. I believe you should do less. By reducing the scope of your activities, you can focus more easily on the core of what will make you great.”
(2) What’s yours?