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I'm reading "Conspiracy" by Ryan Holiday, which is a recounting and analysis of the fall of Gawker.  The book chronicles the Peter-Thiel-v3 fall of Gawker (a notorious site for rumors, gossip and publicly going after public figures), which fell into hard times when pro wrestler Hulk Hogan sued it for posting a sex video featuring him and a friend's wife in 2012.

The result of the lawsuit was a $140 million dollar judgment against Gawker, which shut the site down and caused a portfolio of sister sites to be sold off.

"Conspiracy" takes a look at the events that led to the lawsuit - namely Gawker outing technology investor Peter Thiel for being gay via a post in 2007, which led to Thiel smoldering and waiting for his opportunity to take down Gawker, which he did by providing all financial backing for the Hulk Hogan lawsuit.  See this link for a timeline of what Holiday would consider to be the "conspiracy", a word that he doesn't use as negative - but factual and patient instead.

This nugget emerged in the first 5 pages of the book - Thiel (co-founder of PayPal and first investor to Facebook) has become famously associated with one question, which he uses in interviews and over long dinners:

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

Think about that question for a couple of minutes.  Answer it yourself.  You'll find the question is asking for a variety of things - information that might be perceived as negative by some, value systems for the individual, the hill you might die on if given the opportunity, etc.

That's a hard question to answer, especially in an interview setting.  The best interviewers are mature enough to respect the hearty individual that answers it honestly and earnestly, knowing they can trust them to provide 100% candor.  The small interviewer can't do that and likely would never ask the question - they're not intellectual deep enough to answer the question, so they likely won't ask it.

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

A bit more problematic and soul searching than the ole' "what is your biggest weakness?"

 

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