What important truth do very few people agree with you on?

Peter Thiel starts his book, Zero to One, as follows:

Whenever I interview someone for a job, I like to ask this question: “What important truth do very few people agree with you on?”

It’s supposed to show a capacity for independent thought. Now that the book has been on the NY Times best-seller list for a few weeks, bloggers are circulating their answers like a “25 random things about me” Facebook meme. It’s a testament to their creativity.

Anyway, because I am a lemming, here are my own Important Truths That Very Few People Agree With Me On. Thiel didn’t say that I have to be able to explain myself, so I’m not gonna.

  • The majority of depression cases are misdiagnoses of boredom.
  • The more successful you are, the more you feel like it’s someone else’s job to make you happy.
  • Wealth is measured by the control you have over your time. Doesn’t matter whether you’re rich or poor, we all abide by the same clock. Most rich people are actually very poor.
  • There would be no lucky people in this world without equally unlucky people. The fortunate are permanently indebted to the less fortunate.
  • Rolling Stones > Fleetwood Mac > Beatles
  • If we stop indulging peanut allergies and gluten intolerance and lactardedness for about a year, these problems will be eradicated from society.
  • Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.
  • A vegetarian is something you eat.
  • Millenials don’t care about money… until they settle down and have kids and buy a house. Millenials don’t care about owning a car… until they have a house and kids and have to take those kids to soccer practice.
  • 99% of jobs exist only because people need to feel useful. Which means I will never interview for a job and will likely never need to answer this question.
  • peter thiel


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