WHAT MAKES UP DIFFERENT?
UP aims for your theoretically highest possible ROI
We aim for your theoretically highest possible ROI. We do this by helping you complete your second highest ROI project better than you would have on your own. Then your third highest ROI project. And so on. If you don’t at least make your money back then we will have massively failed.
UP builds you a personal team
We build you a personal team fully dedicated to your life goals. This means you go from 8,760 hours/year to allocate to tens of thousands of hours. With a personal team, if you can’t or don’t want to handle something, your team can. This saves you an extraordinary amount of time, money, and pain and massively magnifies the amount of value you can create and capture in your lifetime.
UP builds a quantitative model of your values
We build a quantitative model of your values and use that as the basis of your UP. We research you and attempt to quantify your best potential upgrade projects before spending your resources on them.
UP is an experimental intervention
UP practices open science
We practice open science. All of our results–flattering or unflattering–are available for the world to see and criticize. Whereas many in the self-development industry intentionally deceive their customers, we work very hard to represent our impact clearly and honestly. We believe in building an evidence-based self-development industry, similar to the development of evidence-based medicine.
UP does team-based forecasting
We do team-based forecasting of your short-term, mid-term, and long-term life outcomes. This helps you achieve significantly better calibration and resolution with your predictions. In other words, you may actually “know” (some of) what will happen to you in life and can plan accordingly.
UP is much more meta
We’re more meta than any other program we’ve ever seen. We subsume any other effective program, course, tool, expert or the like into your personal UP. We have no competitors, only collaborators.
UP does much more strategic life planning
We do more strategic life planning than anyone else we’ve ever seen. This may help you achieve dramatically more in life than you would using your current strategies. ~700,000 hours is a substantial amount of time to allocate (or waste).
UP designs for your extended self
We design for your entire extended self. We help you intelligently manage the needs of your temporal, non-biological, and other selves. You’re not just the voice inside your head reading this sentence.
UP operates from a first principles perspective
We operate from a first principles perspective. We attempt to see your world with fresh eyes, as if we’re children encountering something for the first time or as if we’re physicists developing a new theory based off of the extremely well-substantiated standard model. This often yields novel insights into how you can grow.
UP operates from a radical accountability perspective
We operate from a radical accountability perspective. Insofar as possible, we don’t let you forget or procrastinate on any of your goals. And given our compensation is tied to your success, we have deep motivation to be effective in helping you.
UP is heavily technology-centric
We are heavily technology-centric. We built a database of over 1,000 tools, tested hundreds of them, and provide tailored recommendations for you based on your specific needs.
UP is heavily rationality-based
We are heavily rationality-based. We’ve done thousands of hours of work debiasing ourselves and attempting to see and navigate through the world more clearly.
UP is heavily science- and evidence-based
We are heavily science- and evidence-based. We’ve built UP around our thousands of hours of study of scientific papers, books, textbooks, encyclopedias, podcasts, shows, documentaries, blogs, etc.
UP aims to beat your counterfactual outcomes
We aim to beat your counterfactual outcomes. Many self-development practitioners ignore counterfactuals. With UP, we can only claim success if you succeed in such a way that you otherwise would not have without UP. This is a much higher standard to reach.
UP does extreme personalization
We’re do more personalization than any other program we’ve ever seen. We co-create your UP with you from beginning to end based off of what works best for you as a highly nuanced individual. We don’t do cookie cutter.
UP does intensive environmental design
We do intensive environmental design. We work with you to fully optimize each environment you live, work or play in.
UP does intensive incentive design
We do intensive incentive design. We determine what carrots and sticks are helpful in motivating your behavior. For example, we may pay you if you achieve your goals or donate to a charity you despise if you don’t.
UP is much more comprehensive
We are more comprehensive than any other program we’ve ever seen. Our standard life taxonomy is 2x more detailed than anyone else’s we’ve seen. If you don’t have a good model of what you’re trying to improve, you’re not likely going to improve much.