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Live Your Life Like a Supervillain

Live Your Life Like a Supervillain

How you can improve your life by taking strategies from supervillains.

Patrick Rauland

May 30, 2018
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  1. Live Your Life
    Like a Supervillain
    by Patrick Rauland
    @BFTrick

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  2. What am I
    doing here!?

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  3. Who Am I?
    ● Online Educator for Lynda.com
    / LinkedIn Learning
    ● Former Product Manager for
    WooCommerce
    ● Developer background

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  4. WooCommerce Bookings
    https://woocommerce.com/products/woocommerce-bookings/

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  5. What do you do?
    ● Developers
    ● Support
    ● Project / Product managers

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  6. Is there anyone
    who hasn’t seen
    Avengers:
    Infinity War?

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  7. Impressive
    Qualities
    (and very questionable ethics)
    ● Singular vision
    ● Dream big
    ● Don’t hold themselves back
    ● Ignore the haters
    ● Allies
    ● Plan for the unknown

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  8. Singular Vision
    AKA Focus

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  9. Harvey Dent - Gotham’s White Knight

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  10. Women’s Suffrage Movement
    ● Two groups
    ○ National Woman Suffrage Association
    (NWSA)
    ■ Wanted national recognition
    ○ American Woman Suffrage Association
    (AWSA)
    ■ Wanted to go state by state

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  11. Am I Clear?
    ● Business: document the process to build a
    physical product from scratch
    ● Family: call parents once a week
    ● Romance: ???
    ● Money: ???
    ● Spirituality: find a zen meditation group
    ● Health: run & practice acroyoga
    ● Personal: make a board game
    The 7 Circles
    from The ONE Thing:
    (https://www.the1thing.com/)

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  12. Dream BIG
    Don’t hold yourself back
    Think 0 -> 1

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  13. Natural Talent Isn’t Always Good
    ● Child prodigies rarely change the world
    ● As they win awards they keep practicing.
    They don’t learn to do anything new. They
    consume existing knowledge; not produce
    new insights.
    ● Achievement motivated

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  14. Two Ways
    to Innovate:
    1. 1 to N
    2. 0 to 1

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  15. "If you don’t look back at yourself and
    think, “Wow, how stupid I was a year
    ago,” then you must not have learned
    much in the last year."
    - Ray Dalio

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  16. Ignore the
    Haters
    Embrace the Weird

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  17. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-small-acts-thoughtful-rebellion-can-increase-your-francesca-gino/

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  18. We squash a low status
    member who challenges
    the status quo - while we
    applaud a high status
    member who challenges
    the status quo

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  19. Idiosyncrasy Credits
    ● Before you can change a group you need
    to earn a least a few idiosyncrasy credits
    ○ Do something impressive
    ○ Reinforce group norms
    ● Then you can spend your idiosyncrasy
    credits being unusual.
    Ex. I’m a morning person and I’m always on time.
    When I meet people in the morning they know
    I’m the type of person who is always on time.
    Once in a blue moon when I’m not on time they
    believe me that something happened.

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  20. Build Allies

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  21. Suffrage + Temperance

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  22. Expect to go
    Off-the-Rails
    ● Humans love to plan
    ● How do you plan?
    ○ Waterfall
    ○ Agile
    ○ Something else

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  23. Goals
    ● We tend to complete the easiest ones first
    ● We never really get to the big hard goals
    ● Studies have shown if you do use goals
    and they’re too big you actually become
    demotivated

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  24. Most Important Task (MIT)
    ● Each day has one MIT
    ● I have 2-3 hours of work time (without
    meetings) every morning to get it done.
    ● Everything after that is gravy
    Most Important Task
    Popularized by ZenHabits
    https://zenhabits.net/purpose-your-day-most-imp
    ortant-task/

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  25. Supervillains are
    Super Efficient

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  26. Be clear, don’t hold yourself
    back, think in new creative ways,
    if you have a crazy idea build up
    good will, focus on common
    ground, and give yourself enough
    margin in life to handle
    uncertainty.

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  27. Books
    ● Originals
    ● Smarter Faster Better
    ● Zero to One

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