Copy of My Failures, Rejections and Lessons Learned

Key Lessons 👇 🧠 (for building your Second Brain)

Lesson 1 00:19

  • you miss 100% of the shots that you don't take
  • do not live in regret
  • never wait
  • do not overthink it

Lesson 2 01:40

Ali had 3 completely failed business ideas:

  1. Online Game Saga: he wanted to build his own online game (age 12)
  2. He wanted to make his own design studio (age 12 to 17)
  • learn to accept failure and rejection (also related to Stoicism)
  • fail more
  • fail often

In general, do not get discouraged. Get up, dust off, reload, move on.

Lesson 3 09:23

You have to do the stuff that you enjoy.

Ali never considered his projects as 'work'.

He would have done them anyway. It was fun.

Find a way to monetize the things that you would do anyway.

Lesson 4 10:31

Do not ''be yourself'' ... Ali was sort of 'robotic' back in the day. His headmaster told him this as constructive criticism before applying to medical school.

We are a product of our environment, social context & genetics. But that does not mean we cannot tweak and change it.

Things you can do:

  • improve your charisma
  • improve your social skills
  • ask questions (especially if you are in school)
  • challenge yourself out of your comfort zone. Walk into a coffee shop and ask for 10% off your purchase and wait for a reaction
  • do not care what people think
  • put yourself out there

Be T-shaped person

Lesson 5 14:04

_If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is _

Context 2012. Age 18. Biggest failure of Ali's life.

He got scammed while trying to buy a his fast Apple product for university, THE MacBook Air.

Beware, the guy's name is: Matthew White (Taunton, Somerset)

In a nutshell, he sold Ali a 'too good to be true' MacBook Air. Ali realised that the product was the 2008 version of the MacBook Air.

  • you cannot blindly trust people
  • everyone is looking for their own personal gain (to some degree)
  • everyone is an economist i.e. they are not going to sell you things at a loss
  • money-making schemes do not work in the long run

Lesson 6 18:19

_Use your unfair advantages _

Ali had 2 unfair advantages:

  1. He was a medical student at Cambridge University and he could leverage the brand name of that.
  2. for the last 6 years of his life he spent numerous hours learning how to code and how to build a website. It was very easy for him to translate those skills into creating his business.

Lesson 7 21:03

Use Stoicism:

  • Find a way to turn failures into positives
  • We are in control on how we interpret events
  • Premeditate/Visualize your Adversity aka Practice Negative Visualization
  • Learn how to control your emotions
  • Defeat emotions with logic


Thank you for reading!

  • Please note that these are some quick notes I took out of Ali's video essay. You should watch the full video for additional golden nuggets and the extended version of each idea!

Ali, if you are reading this, thank you for helping me upgrade my world views. I really appreciate what you do.

You inspired me to take a more systemic approach while working on my YouTube channel and on my personal research as well.

Link to my work:

Currently trying to combine and produce more videos on mental models, productivity, less confusion and futuristic scenarios.

Thank you and have a great day ahead!

  • Robert