Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo quotes on strategy

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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A barbell strategy for working on your own things: 1. Find a low-stress gig that pays the bills and leaves you with some spare time & energy. 2. Use your spare time & energy to do whatever you want, w/o being beholden to anyone and w/o risking anything consequential.

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A barbell strategy for starting an indie business: 1. Find a low-stress job that pays the bills and leaves you with some spare time & energy. 2. Use your spare time & energy to do whatever you want, without being beholden to anyone, and without risking anything consequential.

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Most important lesson I learned about entrepreneurship: You can’t predict the future. You can’t predict what will work. You can’t predict what will last. So the only viable strategy in all this uncertainty is to survive long enough to stumble on good opportunities.

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Product first: You start with an idea & try to make it a reality at all costs. Business first: You start with a business strategy & try to maximize profit via prudent risks. Lifestyle first: You start with a preferred lifestyle & try to find business activities that enhance it.

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- To benefit from luck, you must recognize luck. - To recognize luck, you must be open to take new paths. - To take new paths, you must be willing to write off your past ambitions. - To write off your past ambitions, you must detach your identity from your accomplishments.

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Goals tend to get in the way of letting you do what you should be doing. I prefer setting a direction instead of a goal. Goals are not meant to be modified frequently, but a direction can be corrected freely whenever new information becomes available.

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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.

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The problem of goals: When we obsess on trying achieve X, we suddenly become blind to the infinite options that are not conducive to X. Alternative: Start moving towards something, but be ready to change course at any time. Make decisions opportunistically, not per plan.

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Want to make a living as an author? Then treat it like a business, not a lottery ticket. You need to have an idea of how you're going to produce it, distribute it, promote it, etc. Nothing is certain, but you need a strategy. And "write it and they will come" is not a good one.

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