Best 144 Quotes & Tweets on Competition

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1

Your company may not be in the software business, but eventually, a software company will be in your business.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

2

Everyone loves remote work until they realize 7 billion people will soon be competing for the job they have.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

3

If you want less competition, pick a harder problem.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

4

Sources of personal competitive advantage: - delayed gratification - capital - network (who you know) - unique skills or combinations - platform - ability to suffer - family / home life - speed - ability to change your mind - ability to learn/adapt

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

5

Modeling a behavior is 100x stronger than telling someone to act differently. Kids imitate the habits of their parents. Teammates match the competitive energy of one another. Employees learn to manage like their supervisor. Be the standard and others will raise their standards.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

6

Every institution that distributes money, power, or status eventually becomes corrupted. Democracy and free-market capitalism work by enforcing constant competition between political and economic institutions. The faster the turnover, the lower the corruption.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

7

Before you begin, think as if you are a lazy person. Assume the competition will work harder. Your only chance is a better strategy. After you begin, work as if you are a dumb person. Assume the competition is smarter and more talented. Your only chance is to outwork them.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

8

Escape competition through authenticity.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

9

No one can compete with you on being you. Most of life is a search for who and what needs you the most.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

10

Sophisticated foods are bittersweet (wine, beer, coffee, chocolate). Addictive relationships are cooperative and competitive. Work becomes flow at the limits of ability. The flavor of life is on the edge.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

11

Competing with everyone: $10/hr Competing with a few: $100/hr Selling a product: $1,000/hr Building equity: $10,000/hr Making a market: $100,000/hr

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

12

When making something new that clearly competes with something that exists, gravity will pull you towards trying to do everything they do PLUS the new stuff you want to do. I’d encourage you steer clear of feature parity. Instead, handle common struggles in novel, unique ways.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

13

Falling sick reminds you that the largest competitive advantage you can have is being healthy.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

14

I think getting eight hours of sleep a night is a competitive advantage.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

15

Focus on your customers not your competition.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

16

Being happy is a competitive advantage.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

17

Your major competitive advantage is likely something you like doing that most other people don’t.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

18

You don't have to outwork your competition, but you do have to outlearn them.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

19

If you wish you would take something more seriously, do it publicly. Publishing an article pressures you to think clearly. Competing in a race pressures you to train consistently. Presenting on any topic pressures you to learn it. Social pressure forces you to up your game.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

20

We really shouldn't be surprised that Google has turned their search engine into an ad engine. This is the basic, predictable playbook of monopoly power. Once the quality of the product stops mattering, because all competition has been vanquished, you raise prices. This is it.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

21

long-term thinking is a competitive advantage because almost no one does it

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

22

You typically compete more against habits than you do against competitors. In most cases, comfort and familiarity are stronger forces than new, better, and different.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

23

Your only competition is who you could be.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

24

If you are customer focused, you're proactive. If you are competitor focused, you're reactive.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

25

Tech companies will eventually displace the majority of the Fortune 500. Competing without software is like competing without electricity.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

26

The willingness to do the unsexy work is a competitive advantage.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

27

If you are a startup that has an overfunded competitor that is actually a scam, the least you can do is sleep knowing those other founders have to keep finding more money and bigger fools. You do you. Grow faster and scrappier. The score will take care of itself.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

28

The harder you work the less competition you’ll find.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

29

The longer you wait for it to become easier, the more competition you will have.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

30

Unpopular opinion: ruthlessly copying your competitors best features is often the fastest quick win you can give yourself. It costs you your ego. You already have data that it's valuable. And it'll make every customer you regretted losing happy. You can't do it for forever tho

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

31

So much of culture reinforces the message that we should be accepted and liked rather than think independently, compete, and challenge the status quo. The oppositive approach works better. Embrace independent thinking. Compete with yourself. Earn respect, not popularity.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

32

Assumptions that are good to operate by even if they aren’t always true: -The competition is smarter and better funded than you. -Without a great product, nothing else matters. -Projects will take 50% longer than expected. -10 minutes early is 5 minutes late.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

33

Don’t do a better job than the competition, do what the competition can’t do.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

34

Good companies obsess about beating the competition. Great companies obsess about what's best for the customer.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

35

When there is a lot of competition you have basically one tool: specialization Pick off a smaller set of customers and solve their problems completely and in a deeper way. Focus on one city or locality and drive network effects. Then expand. Do what the competition won’t.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

36

Unpopular opinion: I don't particularly care what my competition is doing. It's hard to get ahead of someone when you're imitating them.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

37

Unsexy work has the least competition and the most upside.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

38

Internet connectors of simple user-gen digital content (SoundCloud, Patreon, YouTube, Twitter) are vulnerable to decentralized competition.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

39

Don’t steal content inspiration from the competitors in your same industry. Steal content inspiration from the best in a different industry altogether.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

40

You don't want a job where someone new can do it as effectively as you with 6 months of training.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

41

Not fitting in is a long-term competitive advantage.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

42

Don’t be worried about those copying you. They are copies. Worry about those doing it differently than you. They are originals.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

43

The best way I've thought of to make a startup more formidable and narrowly focused is to tell them what I'd do if I were their faux competitor. The ruthless perspective of a competitor often helps sharpen what's important & what's not. So, ask your smart friend what they'd do.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

44

Life becomes much more pleasant once you start treating it as an adventure rather than a competition.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

45

In an increasingly shareable world, the ability and willingness to both look like an idiot and fail publicly will be sources of personal competitive advantage.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

46

Startups are basically a competition to figure out how to solve problems in less than a month that popular belief suggests will take an enormous set of resources or time. Death looms so one must earn momentum & traction in order to keep solving the next set of hard problems.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

47

I see startup founders become obsessed with competitors. 99% of the time, neither startup has product market fit and the competitor becomes a crutch for why things aren't working. "If we build that feature they released, things will get better." Worst use of your time.

Jeff Morris Jr.

Jeff Morris Jr.

@jmj

48

If people want to buy your product because there's you behind it, you're in an uncontested market space. The competition becomes irrelevant. Nobody can copy you.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

49

The only person worth competing against is who you were yesterday.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

50

About 50 reviews through 300 YC applications submitted for comment. Surprising how unaware people are of competition. Yes, you don't die by competition, but when you make something new, you should be hyper-aware of what Google might tell people to use instead of you.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan