#67 The Wrong Way
I've been working my way through the book "Bad Blood". It's about the startup Theranos and is one of the better books I've read this year. The company pulled the wool over so many people's eyes, it is laughable. The stories of Theranos' fraud and internal paranoia seem like a season of Silicon Valley (the show)— not real life. I don't want to give too much detail because it's worth the read, but do want to provide a brief takeaway so far.
The best thing about Bad Blood is its the perfect opposite book. If you want to know how to treat people at work, read the book and do the opposite. If you want to know how to launch and build a successful company, read this book and do the opposite.
Most of the time, I read and study to know what things to emulate or copy. This book makes me more aware of the things NOT to do. I'm finding those lessons are often more valuable.
It's really hard to get the same results as someone even if you follow their steps exactly. There are too many variables at play.
Learn what landmines to avoid and you can still make your own path.
See you in 2019.
Until next time.
P.S. Love this rooftop ski video: Good Morning
P.P.S. This record is on repeat: Peripheral Vision by Turnover
P.P.P.S. As always, the Meeker report is worth a turn: Internet Trends Report