Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo quotes on motivation

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Procrastination is information. Use it to find what demotivates you, and try to arrange your life to do less of it.

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You can never be certain that people will buy what you're creating. You're always operating under uncertainty, but you can improve your odds by trying to understand what motivates people to take out their wallet. If you can't study how other people behave, study yourself.

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Productivity isn’t about keyboard shortcuts or dual monitors. It’s about finding the motivation to do something for its own sake.

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Motivation, mental capacity, and creative energy all wax and wane. Productivity isn’t about keyboard shortcuts and dual monitors. It’s about working when you’re most effective, and not working when you’re not.

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Start conservative, not optimistic. If you think the odds of success are low, keep thinking until you find an almost sure bet. Eventually (when you can't stop winning), you can take a few speculative shots. But do this too soon, and it will destroy your motivation.

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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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