Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters
“What’s one thing you believe about the world that most people disagree with you on?”
In order to answer this question you need courage, curiosity and, above all, independent thinking. All three are necessary to find the ‘secrets’ in both the natural and human universe. The author uses this question to determine if someone has the mindset necessary to seek and find these truths in order to help build a great company.
In business, a contrarian view of the world is important for prosperity and ‘vertical’ growth. Horizontal growth (globalization) is simply doing more of the same – moving from 1 to N. Vertical growth (technology) is creating a categorically different way to do things – moving from 0 to 1.