A great question, by Peter Thiel
In Zero to One, PayPal co-founder and venture capitalist Peter Thiel shares his favorite interview question:
“What important truth do very few people agree with you on?”
At first glance, this seems straightforward. Taking a page from current events, I might say something like “we’ve got to do something about gun violence”. The problem with this answer is that, while it may be true, many people readily agree with it. I’m merely taking a side in a familiar debate.
This question is actually difficult to answer because it requires both unconventional thinking (the things that most people are taught are by definition agreed upon) and a willingness to say something which you know to be unpopular.
I appreciate this way of thinking as an approach to life. Success is uncommon; at minimum, it requires thinking about things differently. This means moving beyond what is readily known and accepted.
So how about it?
What important truth do very people agree with you on?