World’s richest man and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos reveals his secrets for success

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  • In an interview at the Summit Series, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos shared some of the decisions and habits that have contributed to his success.
  • For example, he never multitasks. "If I’m reading my email I want to be reading my email," he said.
  • He said he started Amazon because he knew he’d regret not trying for the rest of his life.

Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world. The Amazon CEO also owns The Washington Post and an aerospace company called Blue Origin.

During an interview at the Summit Series, in Los Angeles in November, Bezos divulged some of the secrets to his insane fame and fortune. TechCrunch posted tidbits from the conversation; below, we’ve rounded up the highlights.

Choosing the right partner

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos have been married 24 years. They met when Bezos interviewed MacKenzie at investment management firm D.E. Shaw.

After a series of blind dates with other people, Bezos said he knew he’d found his life partner when he saw that MacKenzie was resourceful. "I wanted someone who could get me out of a third-world prison," he said at the Summit Series.

Avoiding multitasking

“When I have dinner with friends or family, I like to be doing whatever I’m doing," Bezos said. "I don’t like to multi-task. If I’m reading my email I want to be reading my email" with his full attention and energy.

Indeed, scientists say only about 2% of the population is capable of multitasking. As for the rest of us, trying to do too much at once generally backfires.

Knowing where your talents are

"I have this fantasy of being a bartender," Bezos said. "I pride myself on my craft cocktails." That said, Bezos admitted he’s very slow. In his fantasy bar, there would be a sign saying, "Do you want it good or do you want it fast?"

Opting for adventure over ease

Bezos said everyone has two options for creating their "life story." Either you go for a life of "ease and comfort" or a life of "service and adventure." Bezos is clear about which is the right choice: He said you’ll be prouder of living an adventurous life when you’re 80 years old.

It goes back to Bezos’ "regret minimization framework," which he mentioned at the Summit Series. In an oft-cited interview, which appears to have been conducted by the Academy of Achievement, Bezos described his decision to found Amazon:

"I knew that when I was 80, I was not going to regret having tried this. I was not going to regret trying to participate in this thing called the Internet that I thought was going to be a really big deal. I knew that if I failed, I wouldn’t regret that.

"But I knew the one thing I might regret is not ever having tried. I knew that that would haunt me every day."

SEE ALSO: A day in the life of the world’s richest person, Jeff Bezos — who made $6.44 billion in one day, wakes up without an alarm, and washes dishes after dinner

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Quark fusion makes ten times as much energy as nuclear fusion

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Scientists have overcome huge barriers in the past year to get us even closer to nuclear fusion, and with it a near-limitless supply of clean energy. But, what if there’s something far more powerful out there? According to researchers at Tel Aviv University and the University of Chicago, there is, and it involves the fusion of elementary particles known as quarks — the resulting energy from which would be ten times that of nuclear fusion.

Quarks (not to be confused with the alien from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) are tiny particles that make up the neutrons and protons inside atoms. They come in six different types, with scientists referring to them in terms of three pairs: up, down; charm, strange; and top, bottom. To find out more, researchers at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have been smashing atoms together at high speeds. Doing so, causes these component parts to split from their parent atoms, and fuse with other particles, creating baryons.

Prior research has indicated that energy is produced when quarks bind together. By looking into one-such occurrence (a doubly-charmed baryon), the physicists found that it would take 130 megaelectronvolts (MeV) of energy to force two charm quarks together. On top of that, the fusion ends up releasing even more power, around 12 MeV.

Motivated by their findings, they then focussed on the much-heavier bottom quarks. The same binding process, they claim, would theoretically release approximately 138 MeV, which is almost eight times as much as hydrogen fusion (which also powers hydrogen bombs). Naturally, this set off alarm bells, with the researchers hesitating to go public with their findings.

"If I thought for a microsecond that this had any military applications, I would not have published it," professor Marek Karliner told Live Science. But, further calculations suggested that causing a chain reaction with quarks would be impossible — mainly because they don’t exist long enough to set each other off. Plus, there’s the fact that this type of bottom quark fusion is completely theoretical.

Whereas, the researchers didn’t fuse bottom quarks themselves, they claim it is technically achievable at the LHC.

Source: Nature

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