David Perell

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

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Best way to learn faster: Have a stake in the outcome. To learn about food, cook for friends. To learn about an idea, publish an article about it. To learn about stocks, invest in the stock market. Risk awakens our learning muscles like a splash of cold water.


A company with constant meetings is a company where nobody gets anything done


Shipping speed is a leading indictator of success. Applies to people. Applies to startups. Bet on people who move fast, make things, and learn from feedback.


Thought experiment! Many ultra-successful people found ONE big idea and doubled-down on it. • Warren Buffett: Value investing • Peter Thiel: Mimetic theory • George Soros: Reflexivity, shaped by Karl Popper Less may be more. We should take our best ideas more seriously.


Doing work you don't like doing is way more exhausting than working long hours


The day you stop waiting for motivation to start working is the day you become a professional


Success shouldn't be synonymous with how good you are at forcing yourself to do what you don't want to do.


Improve your decisions, improve your business. Prioritize Speed, Move with Direction: Move at Internet speed, but never without direction. Find projects with big upside and low downside. Then, double-down on projects with momentum.


All my projects have two parts. 1) Doing the actual project. 2) Documenting the project and sharing what I learned so other people can do the same thing. More people should do Step #2 because you’re 80% done with it by the time you finish a project.


The best performers I know have one thing in common: obsession. Life is work. Work is life.


Trial-and-error will teach you more than rationality ever will.


A recipe for learning anything. Watch one. Do one. Teach one. First, observe how other people work. Second, do the work yourself. Third, show somebody else how to do what you just did.


If you’re good at getting things done, one of the best career decisions you can make is to team up with an fast growing content creator and run their business operations. Creators want to spend their time creating.


Learn by doing, reflect by talking, find ideas by reading, reflect on them by walking, and share them by writing. Do. Talk. Read. Walk. Write.


Reminder: You can accomplish things much, much faster than society says you can. You have the Internet in your hands and a phone with all the information in the world. Start building.


Don't get me wrong... work-life balance is important. But working really, really hard is the only way to accomplish something hard. It's 10:20pm on a Thursday night, and I'm writing essays and replying to emails. Get after it. Take what's yours.


Creation breeds creation. Contrary to popular belief, you won’t run out of creative ideas. Building the creative habit will actually make you more creative, which means that new ideas will create more new ideas. Don’t hoard your creative ideas. Act on them instead.

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