People Won’t Validate Uniqueness

By editor on February 20, 2018 — 1 min read

Most of the time you will want to go and tell your friends, or tell other people, and have them validate — have them tell you, “Oh, that’s really smart. Oh fantastic, that’s a really good idea.”

That is not right.

And this may feel really difficult for you, but the most important lesson is that when you identify a true, scarce resource, everybody will think you’re crazy, and most people will laugh at you. Because most people aren’t motivated to think about the future.

Most people think about the present. So it’s very important that when the signals that you get back are positive, that should be a sign, that people have already thought about it as well. But when it’s some combination of negative or confusion, that’s a good sign. That means that you’ve probably started to identify something that is very unique, that nobody else has been thinking about.

This is an example of when you identify something that isn’t unique. This is a picture from a company called Accenture, a very big company. These words are in English, but I don’t know what they mean. This is spam. (22:35)

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Editor's Note

These are Chamath Palihapitiya's words. They are probably some of the best thoughts on VC, business, and life, but were scattered around the Internet. They live now in this archive.