Today I watched a wonderful lecture by Bill Gurley on how to succeed and find the career you love. I took some notes and thought that they might be worth sharing. I would really recommend everyone to watch the video even if the title feels a little bit cheesy. It’s totally worth it.
- Follow Your Passion
- I actually didn’t take notes on this part. It’s pretty straightforward.
2. Hone Your Craft
- Be obsessively curious about your field. Consider it your obligation to know everything you can about it.
- Study the history of the field as well as the field’s pioneers.
- Strive to know more than anyone else in the field, potentially measured within your sub-group.
- It’s possible to know more than anyone else.
Greatness isn’t random, it is earned.
3. Develop Mentors in Your Field
- Document everything you learn from them
- Send them notes on how you apply their advice
- Never stop. Always keep pursuing mentorships and develop those relationships.
4. Embrace Peer Relationship in Your Field
- Develop deep relationships with peers that are on the same journey.
- Have discussions about and debates about what defines greatness in the field.
- Always share best practices, don’t worry about proprietary advantage. It’s not a zero-sum game.
- Celebrate their advancements/accomplishments as if they were your own.
- Peers don’t have to be in your exact same field.
5. Always be gracious and humble
- ALWAYS give the majority of the credit to the mentors and peers that helped you along the way.
- Send letters, gifts and tweets; show appreciation.
- Found the top mentors that would catapult Stitch Fix (e.g. Analytics, Merchandising, Sourcing, etc.), then hired them into the company.
Professional Researcher: when you do research for a living.