Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo quotes on life

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


Don't bother trying to impress your peers. Impress your accountant.


If you want something very badly, you risk becoming its slave. Seen this happen in the pursuit of wealth, status, recognition, popularity, prestige, legacy, impact, promotions, awards, test scores, etc. I fell in this trap too at various point in my life. Now I’m very cautious.


People often ask me about how I keep myself accountable and work on stuff without anyone pushing me to do so. My answer is that I don’t bother with accountability. In fact, I’ve been deliberately organizing my life to remove as much accountability from it as I can.


If you make many small bets, you don’t have to rely on being a great visionary to succeed.


The weekend is a good time to take stock of your means: your skills, your connections, your free time, your experience, your location, your perspective, your interests, your strengths, etc. Then try to use what you have to design a lifestyle that better matches your preferences.


As you start thinking about new year resolutions, make sure you’re designing your own lifestyle and not following one constructed by others. Whatever you think you want, you might not really want. Don’t unnecessarily complicate your life just because it’s what your neighbors do.


These days I spend about half an hour a day thinking about what I'd do if I lost everything. It's a wonderful exercise to appreciate what you already have. In the past I used to want more. Now I just want to try to preserve some of what I already have.

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