Guy Kawasaki’s interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson is fascinating and perhaps the least technical discussion I’ve heard with him. A few takeaways:
1. Discovering and unleashing talent is about maximizing opportunities based on challenging circumstances. Endurance and grit, when faced with scarcity, can signal greater potential than sheer intellectual firepower. Tyson improvised often to accomplish his goals — always studying his circumstances like a chess player.
2. One needs a car in Texas. Tyson lived in Austin and realized it’s impossible to get around without a car. Upon returning to Texas, I learned this lesson, too. I hate driving almost as much as Tyson.
3. Don’t bet against smart people. This was Tyson’s feedback on Elon Musk. I feel fortunate to be around people smarter than me. Sometimes, they are annoying, but I count on them especially when it comes to work, healthcare, and family matters.
4. New book to be released in Fall: link