Ability think independently is is one of the best predictors of founder (or investor) success, and it is a skill you can practice.

The key is to think "from first principles" instead of "by analogy". Boil things down to fundamental truths, and reason up from there. Understand core principles and put them together like lego blocks in a way that optimally achieves your purpose, instead of following recipes, copying "best practices" or conventional wisdom.

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