Welcome To Opposite World

Welcome To Opposite World

I wrote other people's CVs (resumés for my American friends) for years. There are so many common mistakes people make.

The first CV I ever wrote was my Dad's when I was 17. The only experience I had was writing my own, to get a job in a clothes shop. I had no right to be writing his CV, but I did it anyway.

Long story short, he got the job.

I realised that there were things that I wouldn't want to read, and things that I should avoid doing.

This was my first experience with Inversion.

Inversion is something that Charlie Munger, the famed investor, talks about repeatedly.

In brief, it's easier to avoid being stupid than it is to achieve greatness.

With that in mind, I set about writing CVs.

How do you make sure someone is never going to read your CV?

Make it really long.

Inversion: Make your CV one page.

How do you show you're under qualified at your job?

Don't talk about what you know and what you can do.

Inversion: Make your CV hyper-focused on what you can bring to the table.

How can you prove you're terrible at your job?

Make bold claims with no evidence.

Inversion: Provide hard evidence: numbers, tangible outputs to what you did.

Inversion can be applied to literally everything. From getting fit (how would I get fat?) to creating new products (what don't I want customers to do).

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