My friend Noah Kagan, chief sumo at AppSumo and writer at OKDork.com, tells a great story about the biggest growth period of life, when he was surrounded with some of the smartest, most accomplished people in the world.
I’ll let him tell you it himself via this video (you can skip to 1:03 – 3:20):
This is a great insight.
It’s one thing to be great at what you do. But when you combine your skills with other top performers’ skills, that’s when you get magic: The iPhone. Leica cameras. The trip to the moon.
Of course it’s hard. Noah talks about how it was one of the most challenging times of his life. But a lot of us CRAVE the challenge. For example, lots of Apple engineers talk about how demanding Steve Jobs was — some even said he was an “asshole” — but nearly all of them say they would do it again, any day.
I’m curious about you. When was the last time you worked with the smartest, most driven people? When was the last time you were CHALLENGED in a defining way?
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P.S. Tomorrow, I’ll share more lessons from Noah, including his strategy for shortcutting the road to success.
P.P.S. If you want to learn about my road to success, I just talked about it in a two-part interview on the Tim Ferriss podcast on iTunes. In these episodes, Tim and I dig into the nitty-gritty tools, software, and experiments I’ve used to turn a horribly-named college side project into a multi-million-dollar business with 30+ employees.