Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo quotes on goal setting

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My idea of growth is to keep rearranging my life so that I'm doing fewer things I'd rather not be doing. I have no goals. Just anti-goals.

2

The best way to make reading unpleasant is to set a reading goal. (We subconsciously hate obligations!)

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The problem with goals: When we obsess on trying to achieve X, we become blind to the infinite options that are not conducive to X.

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Nothing that I’m doing right now was predictable a year ago. If I was focused on one goal, I would have likely failed to recognize all the opportunities that came in front of me.

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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.

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Goals tend to get in the way of letting you do what you should be doing. I prefer setting a direction instead of a goal. Goals are not meant to be modified frequently, but a direction can be corrected freely whenever new information becomes available.

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The happiest people tend to be those who can stop their desires and expectations from growing as they go through life. And there’s a big difference between always wanting more -versus- trying to make things better but whatever happens, happens.

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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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If your basic needs are already taken care of, your quality of life follows the numbers on your bank account only slightly — if any. If your goal is to become a millionaire, you’re probably going to be very disappointed with what you’ll find once you become one.

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The problem of goals: When we obsess on trying achieve X, we suddenly become blind to the infinite options that are not conducive to X. Alternative: Start moving towards something, but be ready to change course at any time. Make decisions opportunistically, not per plan.

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