Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo quotes on hard work

Building a portfolio of small bets. Quarter-time with Gumroad. Building userbase.com. Creator on dvassallo.gumroad.com. Ask me anything at daniel@hey.com.

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The idea that anything is possible if you work hard enough is unfortunately a very dangerous delusion. Life is more random than it seems, and favorable outcomes are more often attributable to making good bets rather than a good work ethic. Don’t sacrifice more than it’s worth.

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If you put 10,000 hours practicing the piano, you will almost certainly become a great pianist. If you put 10,000 hours into your business, it doesn’t necessarily translate to anything! The first kind has a predictable relationship to effort. The second kind doesn’t.

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Hard work, works... but you know what's better? Realizing that a fraction of the effort gets you most of the results, and recognizing what fraction to focus on. Then you can use the remaining time to do whatever you want, w/o being beholden to anyone and w/o consequential risk.

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Working less than you possibly could is not laziness. Laziness is enduring an existence you dislike and not even try to do anything about it.

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Work hard, not in grunt work, but in exposing yourself to good luck. Everything hinges on good timing. If the timing is not right, no amount of grunt work will make up for it.

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Hard work, works... but you know what really works? Realizing that a fraction of the effort gets you most of the results... and recognizing what fraction to focus on. Then you can use the remaining time to do whatever the heck you want... without any obligations.

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If you think starting is hard, wait until you have to make it last. If you want to stack the odds in your favor, choose things you can imagine doing for 10+ years.

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When hard work stretches you to your limit, you try to eliminate all idle time. But that idle time is actually slack in your system. And by removing all slack from your system, you also eliminate the capacity to immediately explore and pounce on opportunities when they happen.

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If you’re working from home in a creative profession, here’s a little secret your boss will never tell you: Results are decoupled from effort in your profession. You have to opportunity to work a lot less than 8 hours a day, and not upset anyone.

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Got some boring (but important) work coming up? Concentrate it all together! Don’t spread it out over time. We seem to have a pain threshold (can’t get more bored than some level). So, minimize total boredom via short high-intensity spikes instead of low-intensity stretches.

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Working hard: - Maximize the time spent working. - Minimize the time spent doing anything else. Working smart: - Optimize the time spent working. - Maximize the time spent thinking.

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