Contrarianism is key to exceptional returns and legacy companies. I’ve noticed there is some sort of fetish of contrarianism in Silicon Valley. It’s mistaken for weak converse statements. Avoid lazy opposites, search for contrarian truths which yield actionable ideas with power.
“But leanness is a methodology, not a goal.”
– Peter Thiel in Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.
Contrarians understand the importance of being contrarian and right. Many think contrarians are perpetual cynics that disagree for the sake of disagreement. The reality is that contrarians are long-term independent thinkers who are humble and courageous.
A. The general opinion (prevailing thesis).
B. The contrary, or skeptical analysis (the antithesis).
C. The conclusion you arrive at (or synthesis of the common and opposing viewpoints).