Best 233 Quotes & Tweets on Career advice

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1

Apply for the job. "But I'm not qualified for it." Neither is the person who's going to get the job. Apply!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

2

If you can't see yourself working with someone for life, don't work with them for a day.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

Most careers turn into sales jobs when you get senior enough.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

4

The home run theory of careers: What matters is eventually hitting a home run, and the way to do that is training hard and a lot of at-bats. You only have to be right once, and it's ok to be wrong a lot of times. Be bold. Move fast. Work hard. Ignore haters. Keep swinging.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

5

Following your genuine intellectual curiosity is a better foundation for a career than following whatever is making money right now.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

6

Work with people you want to become like, because you'll become like whoever you work with.

Paul Graham

Paul Graham

@paulg

7

Education is broken. Here is what the future of education will look like: Teaching will become an extremely lucrative profession. Salaries will follow a power law. The best teachers will make millions of dollars per year and teach thousands of students per year.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

8

Sometimes it seems like getting the job is the hard part. It never is. Doing a great job is always the greatest challenge.

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban

@mcuban

9

Cold emails are a great way to land a job. Here's what I've learned: ∙ Email the CEO directly. ∙ Show that you're unique. ∙ Be specific. ∙ Make a bold request. ∙ Have a clear call-to-action. ∙ Don't be humble. This isn't the time to be modest. Now... make magic happen.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

10

Generally the highest ROI comes from getting even better in areas where you're already strong, not improving in areas where you're weak. There are important exceptions, but most people focus on their weaknesses too much.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

11

The 4 qualities of a great career: 1) I enjoy it 2) I’m good at it 3) I make good money 4) I’m around fascinating people Answer in reverse order: 1) Where are fascinating people? 2) In what ways can I make money with them? 3) Which ones am I good at? 4) Which ones do I enjoy?

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

12

Stop networking, start making friends.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

13

Long-term, cities like San Francisco will resemble colleges. People will spend 4-10 years to learn, gain credibility, and build a network. Then they'll leave and settle elsewhere, making space for the next "class."

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

14

Wanting a six-figure salary is a totally legitimate reason to learn how to code.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

15

You don’t have to quit your job to start a startup. You don’t have to move to SF to start a startup. You don’t have to raise money to start a startup. If you start when/how you can, you will be pulled in the right direction.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

16

Doing the job before you get the job is a great way to get the job.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

17

How to get a dream job at your dream company: Research the company. Use the product. Find the CEO's email online. Write a personable and specific email relaying your experience. Suggest some ideas, report a bug, or include a small UX improvement.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

18

Something I wish everyone knew: the bar's not as high as you think. You can get that job, meet that person, start that company. But because you think the bar's so high, you won't even try. Which is what makes the bar so low!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

19

Your high school GPA only matters until you have a college degree. Your college degree matters until you get your first job. Your next thing should render everything else on your resume insignificant.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

20

Knowing how to make videos is going to be more important to the next generation than learning how to code.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

21

Some of the most successful startups were started because the founders couldn’t get jobs.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

22

Stop selling, start storytelling.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

23

Learn to sell. If you're a designer, you sell a lot. If you're an engineer, you sell. If you're a founder, you sell. If you're a VC, a lawyer, a painter, a podcaster, an accountant, a comedian… you sell. Learn to sell!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

24

When interviewing at startups, you should ask hard questions: * What’s your path to profitability? * How much fundraising is required to get there? * How much will employees get diluted? * What’s your burn? * How much runway is left? You are interviewing the company too.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

25

If you don't think you're qualified for an opportunity, you're also not qualified to determine if you're qualified for that opportunity. Don't self-reject. Apply

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

26

I wish I knew when I started my career: 1. Equity: ask for price/share & total number of outstanding shares 2. Team: you will be more proud of the friendships you build than any product you ship 3. Career: find the best company, not the best title What do you wish you knew?

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

27

Seek fewer mentors. Seek more self-confidence. Too many people are stuck waiting for someone wiser to show them the way. There is no way.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

28

Career advice: if you’re not in a bubble, find one.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

29

When looking for a startup to join, search for companies who are “succeeding despite themselves”: 1. Product funnels aren’t optimized 2. Marketing channels still being tested 3. Operations are messy If customers love the product despite this, they have early product market fit.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

30

You can launch yourself into the center of your favorite industry with a year's worth of deep research and a month spent writing one really great post.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

31

The best ROI early in your career is to work closely with someone in the .01% of their field. It will show you what good habits, clear thinking & perseverance looks like. Thereafter, you can tweak their “models” to fit your world view. This is the fastest path to greatness.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

32

Treat everyone you work with like a peer, and you’ll usually be surprised on the upside.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

33

Don’t like your mood? Go exercise Don’t like your job? Look for a new job Don’t like your partner? Break-up Don’t like your friends? Get new friends Don’t like your life? Change your habits

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

34

Find the work that gives you energy.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

35

Learn to negotiate. You negotiate to get a job, to get a raise, to prioritize a feature. You negotiate when raising money for your company, recruiting people to join your team, convincing customers to use your product. Learn to negotiate!

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

36

It’s crazy how you hear the story of The Tortoise and the Hare while growing up, and assume it’s just a nice thing to tell kids—and then you start your career and watch it actually happen. The people who stick with things for years and never stop almost always win the race.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

37

One well-written blog post can take you farther than the most impressive CV.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

38

If you consistently do something today instead of scheduling a meeting for next week, your career is likely to be far more impactful than most.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

39

One of the most underrated career skills that isn’t really taught anywhere is editing your own writing. Great writing is actually re-writing. Simplifying paragraphs. Clarifying key points. Double-checking for typos. Good writing will impress in any job.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

40

Instead of studying how Bezos made his billions, it's much more useful to learn how someone like you is making $10K/mo.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

41

Take risks not jobs.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

42

Employment is a game you play. Entrepreneurship is a game you design.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

43

If someone's assessment of their own ability is wildly higher than their actual ability, aggressively avoid working with them.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

44

Career Advice: Don't sell shit you don't want to buy. Don't work for people you don't want to become. Create win-win relationships for all.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

45

Choose your colleagues carefully; you will end up caring what they care about.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

46

Make your identity about your strengths, not your weaknesses.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

47

You can make a full-time living doing whatever you want, as long as you can create entertaining and educational content about it.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

48

The only game worth playing is the long one.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

49

You first 10 years of work are a journey to find the the people you want to work with for the next 50.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

50

If you don’t apply because you’re afraid of rejection, the rejection you should be afraid of is the one you just gave yourself.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl