A book by Peter Thiel “Zero to One”

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You are NOT a lottery ticket! In his book Zero to One, Peter Thiel argues that success is not a matter of luck.

If you think your future is ruled by luck, you will try to be prepared for anything that may come your way. This is the foundation of our entire educational system. You don’t know which discipline is going to be relevant in the future, so it’s best to diversify in both education and skills. The result: you will be average at many things, but really good at nothing!

A better recipe for success is to believe that you can actually shape your future. This will force you to take responsibility, think hard about next steps, and take the time to plan ahead.

Getting laser-focused early on can help you develop stand-out skills and come up with true innovations and the so-called solutions we so desperately need.

Peter Thiel

Book Author

Peter Thiel is an entrepreneur and investor. He cofounded PayPal, led it as CEO, and took it public; he made the first outside investment in Facebook, where he serves as a director; and he cofounded Palantir Technologies, where he serves as chairman. He has provided early funding for LinkedIn, Yelp, and dozens of startups, many run by former colleagues who have been dubbed the “PayPal Mafia.” He is a partner at Founders Fund, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has funded companies including SpaceX and Airbnb. He started the Thiel Fellowship, which funds young entrepreneurs, and he leads the Thiel Foundation, which works to advance technological progress and long-term thinking. He is also the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.

More about the author at linkedin.com/in/peterthiel/