Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo quotes on personal learning / growth

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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If people pay $5 for a Starbucks, they will pay $5 to learn something from you. The main difference is that everyone knows about Starbucks but very few people know about you. That's what you need to work on. The opportunities will follow.


If people pay $5 for a Starbucks, they will pay $5 to learn something from you. The problem is everyone knows about Starbucks, but very few people know you exist. If you manage to make yourself known, the opportunities will follow.


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.


If you want to break free from the clutches of full-time employment, you just need to find a way of making $275/day. - No need to change the world. - No need to conquer the competition. - No need to dominate the market. - No need to disrupt anything. Just make $275/day.


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.


You get a huge advantage in life if you learn what you really like and dislike.


If you’re trying to learn a new skill, skip the theory and study the practitioners. Unsuccessful practitioners don’t practition for long, so the ones that remain can show you things that work (regardless of the theory). Then, most importantly, become a practitioner yourself.


How I learn: I try to do it. I usually can’t learn without the thrills of being exposed to the consequences of my actions.


Over the last year and a half I've been arranging my life in such a way that the only consistent thing I do on a daily basis is waking up and going to sleep. The rest is random, driven by what needs to be done, what I feel like doing, and what opportunities I see in front of me.


Failure is a very expensive way to learn. But exposure to failure is enough to learn the same lessons. You don’t need to actually fail. Don’t let the narrative of failure is a good teacher influence you. Study your opportunities carefully, and then go for the low hanging fruit.


The most effective way for me to learn something complicated (one that doesn’t come with an instructions manual) is to be personally exposed to the consequences of doing it wrong.


You can approach your career 1. by continuously trying to prove yourself to your peers, employers, customers 2. or by doing the best work you can & whatever happens, happens The 1st tends to lead to more success. The 2nd to more happiness. And sometimes you get success anyway.


You learn more by leading than by following. Not necessarily leading other people. But just doing something your own way, without following someone else’s direction.


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.


We don’t have an obligation to climb to the top. We can just try to make things a little better all the time, and whatever happens happens.


Creating idle time is an investment in yourself. Opportunity is perishable, and when one emerges you can’t just put it on the shelf.

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