David Perell

David Perell quotes on anxiety

"The Writing Guy". He tweet about business, online learning, and Internet writing.

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1

Mirrors and clocks transformed society, but they’re so old that nobody questions them. Clocks created a culture of anxiety. Mirrors created a culture of narcissism.

2

There’s no anxiety quite like the anxiety of walking into a giant library and confronting how little you know.

3

Teachers can motivate students with fear or reward, but only self-directed learning works in the long run

4

Perfectionism is self-deception. First, you give up on your goals and let fear win. Then you numb the pain of inaction by saying "my standards are too high."

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People who want to write online are limited more by fear than skill.

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Courage is not the elimination of fear. It’s taking action in the face of fear.

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Three thoughts on measurement: 1) If you want to improve an outcome, measure it. 2) Focus on qualitative metrics at the beginning of a project. Save the quantitative ones for later. 3) Don’t let fear of imperfect measurement stop you from measuring anything at all.

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