Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo quotes on inspiration

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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Our gut feeling is an AI that has been trained by millions of years of evolution. It would be extremely foolish to blindly ignore it.

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Comparing yourself to others is beneficial if it leads to inspiration rather than envy. Nothing that I’m doing is my own original idea. I simply saw others doing something, and asked myself: "Why not me?"

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Consistency works, but it's extremely unpleasant. You're constantly fighting yourself. If you want it to last, trade consistency for intensity. Do a lot when inspiration strikes, and take long breaks in between. It might not be as effective, but who cares?! It's more enjoyable.

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Consistency is overrated. If you're forcing yourself to produce against your will, your output is unlikely to be worth consuming. If you want a process that lasts, trade consistency for intensity. Do a lot when inspiration strikes, and take a break when you have nothing to add.

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Instead of starting with an idea & then try to make it a reality, I start with my reality & then try to find ideas that fit. Inspiration comes from constraints.

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I don't keep a list of ideas. Inspiration and opportunity are perishable, and when those two meet, I start immediately.

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Trying to follow someone else's exact footsteps is the wrong way to get inspired. When looking for inspiration, it's about discovering ideas and attitudes. The details don't matter. They're up to you to determine, based on your preferences and circumstances.

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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.

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Conserving energy is a natural part of making progress. When the circumstances demand rest, rest. When inspiration strikes, strike. I've been productive via "intensity over consistency" for many years, and if you can do it, I highly recommend trying it.

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