Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo quotes on making progress

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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Remember that you’re much more likely to improve your life by removing what you know you dislike rather than by pursuing what you think you’ll like. It doesn’t mean you should never do new things. But the odds of real improvement are much higher when done through elimination.

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Life is much more likely to improve by removing what you know you dislike, rather than by adding what you think you want. Consider eliminating: - Clutter - Junk food - Commuting - Having a boss - Working a rigid 9-5 - Maintaining a big house - Being far away from family

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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.

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Everyone trying to be the best, or top 1%, or above average. Few trying to do what they like, regardless of what everyone else does. Competition is for chasing the preferences of others. For playing someone else’s game.

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Business success is mostly a discovery problem, not an execution problem. You won't find success by optimizing and polishing your products (or by making them scale!). You find success by discovering things that work, despite the abundant room for improvement.

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If you want to take a risk, first figure out how you’d recover from the worst-case outcome.

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What I think I dislike is much more reliable than what I think I like. Think about it. There's an asymmetry. You're better off improving things by eliminating what you don't like than by chasing what you think you like.

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One of the traps of demotivation is the expectation of linear progress. You may work for a month and go nowhere, but then something comes to you in a flash. That’s unless you get disheartened by the empty results and give up before the reward.

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Want to work for yourself, but you don't know what to do? How about, improving your lifestyle? Start with that, and the ideas will follow.

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In highly unpredictable situations (new project/business, etc), it’s unreasonable to expect linear progress. You may work for 6 months and go nowhere, but then something comes to you in a flash. Progress can come from an increase in optionality rather than from direct results.

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One of the benefits of self-employment is the liberty to think without having to justify the lack of visible progress.

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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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How to make progress via optionality: 1⃣ Avoid risk of ruin. 2⃣ Try many things. 3⃣ Take what works. 4⃣ Ignore the rest.

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