Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo quotes on ambition

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Procrastination is information. It shows you where your ambitions mismatch your true preferences. And if you force yourself to create something you don't feel like doing, it will show. And if you happen to succeed, you would have hated it so much, you wouldn't do it again.


- To benefit from luck, you must recognize luck. - To recognize luck, you must be open to take new paths. - To take new paths, you must be willing to write off your past ambitions. - To write off your past ambitions, you must detach your identity from your accomplishments.


Curb your ambition, and go for the low hanging fruit. If you start killing it with the low hanging fruit, it becomes easier to see how to go after the harder to reach fruit. If you fail with the low hanging fruit, you wouldn't have reached the more ambitious picks anyway.


Stop focusing on one precise grandiose ambition, and stop trying to predict what will work. Instead, inspire yourself from random things, and take many small safe-to-fail bets.


You don't overcome the fear of failure by suppressing fear, but by figuring out how to make failure not consequential. Our subconscious provides checks and balances on our ambitions, and protects us from taking imprudent risks. Ignoring it would be quite foolish.


Procrastination helps me understand what’s within reach. If you’re procrastinating, try reducing the scope until what you’re trying to do almost gets done by itself. Reduce features, cut the length, skip some things, lower your goals, curb your ambition. Works wonders for me.

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