Best 180 Quotes & Tweets on Decision making

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1

All self-help boils down to "choose long-term over short-term."

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

2

When building habits, choose consistency over content. The best book is the one you can’t put down. The best exercise is the one you enjoy doing every day. The best health food is the one you find tasty. The best work is the work you’d do for free.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

Decisions: • If you can’t decide, the answer is no. • If two equally difficult paths, choose the one more painful in the short term (pain avoidance is creating an illusion of equality). • Choose the path that leaves you more equanimous in the long term.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

4

Your actions are a consequence of your thoughts. Your thoughts are a consequence of what you consume. And in the modern age, what you consume is largely a consequence of how you select and refine your social media feed. Choose better inputs. Get better outputs.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

5

Wealth is the power to choose. Financial wealth is the power to choose how to spend money. Social wealth is the power to choose who to hang out with. Calendar wealth is the power to choose how to spend your time. Mental wealth is the power to choose your thoughts.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

6

Companies should onboard employees with an internal podcast. It would focus on: - Company history - How decisions are made - Industry 101 - How the company makes money - Long-term goals and company vision Fast, efficient, and fun for everybody.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

7

If a decision is reversible, the biggest risk is moving too slow. If a decision is irreversible, the biggest risk is moving too fast.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

8

Good decision making has surprisingly little to do with the moment of decision. At that point, it's too late. Your brain makes choices rapidly and automatically based on experience. Good decision making is determined by what you have learned before the moment of decision.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

9

Successful outcomes are built up through good choices over time. A profitable business is never a choice, it is a series of choices. A fit body is never a choice, it is a series of choices. A strong relationship is never a choice, it is a series of choices.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

10

You need focus to become exceptional at anything. You have to be great at saying no. Massive amounts of time and energy are wasted optimizing things that should be left undone.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

11

We are living in the golden age of art, and it’s only going to get better. But we are desensitized by familiarity and overwhelmed by choice.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

12

Time is the most powerful force in the universe. Nobody controls it. Nobody can stop it. If you make choices that make time your ally on a daily basis, then nobody can prevent the trajectory of time from benefitting you in the long-run.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

13

Common causes of bad decisions: 1. Assumptions from small sample sizes 2. Wanting the world to work the way we want 3. Conforming to expectations/authority/group 4. Blindness to large trends 5. Inability to determine "and then what" 6. Using incorrect maps

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

14

You choose the future with your actions each day.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

15

Each day is a new battle to say yes to what matters and say no to what doesn’t. Focus is a practice.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

16

Whenever you see an overnight success, your eyes deceive you. What you are witnessing is the hour of opportunity unleashing the potential energy of previous choices. It was not one decision, but the accumulated power of all that came before. The fuse was lit on a loaded cannon.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

17

If a decision is reversible, make it as soon as possible. If a decision is irreversible, make it as late as possible. When the stakes are low, inaction hurts you. When the stakes are high, speed can kill you.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

18

Every choice you make is a step toward or away from the person you want to become. No single choice will get you where you want to go. Only repeated steps over time in the same direction will move you forward.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

19

Major life changes—moving to a new city, starting a new job, ending a relationship, getting married, having kids, etc—will often make life harder for the first 100 days before improving. Not always true, but it’s a reminder that early struggle doesn’t mean it was a bad choice.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

20

You have to be willing to look like an idiot in the short run to outperform in the long run. While copying what others already do helps achieve average results quickly, common approaches never outperform. What ends as being better starts as being different.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

21

A good choice may go unrewarded for a long time. The best choices tend to provide exponential returns and a hallmark of any compounding process is that the greatest rewards are delayed. Things don't really take off until years later. Keep working. Be patient.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

22

When you say no, you are only saying no to one option. When you say yes, you are saying no to every other option. No is a decision. Yes is a responsibility. Be careful what (and who) you say yes to. It will shape your day, your career, your family, your life.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

23

We waste our time with short term thinking and busywork. Warren Buffett spends a year deciding and a day acting. That act lasts decades.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

24

You know you're good at something when you switch from making decisions with your conscious mind to making decisions with your instincts.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

25

Here's a simple decision making strategy I've found useful: Brainstorm at least 3 options before deciding. Many decisions seem like a choice between A or B, but there is always a third way. Listing at least three options forces you to get creative.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

26

Simple heuristic: If you're evenly split on a difficult decision, take the path that's more painful in the short term.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

27

The most practical decision making skill is not making better choices. It is learning how to design your choices so they are cheap, fast, and easy to reverse. The person who does this well learns faster, and the person who learns faster finds the right answer.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

28

Highly focused people do not leave their options open. They make choices. If you commit to nothing, you’ll be distracted by everything.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

29

The more reversible decisions you make, the fewer perfect decisions you need.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

30

Toyota has a decision-making principle called “gemba.” Instead of depending on hierarchy, the people who are closest to what’s happening make decisions. Here’s why: Toyota believes that the more hands-on knowledge a decision-maker has, the better their decision will be.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

31

A simple way to ensure you are focused on what matters: Imagine everything gets wiped. You inherit no tasks or responsibilities from your past or present. Then, add back only what you miss. Choose what to add to a blank slate, not what to keep from a full plate.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

32

The 2 Keys to Elite Results 1) Make great choices 2) Build great habits Your choices—what you work on, who you work with—create leverage. A good initial choice can deliver 100x payoff. Your habits unleash leverage. Without great habits, great choices are just potential energy.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

33

In the moment some choices seem small: we eat the chocolate bar, take a shortcut, or cancel a date. However, the accumulation of those tiny decisions adds up over months and years and makes a huge difference. Today’s choices become tomorrow’s reality.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

34

You choose who you are. You own your attitude. You own your integrity. You own your response. You own your character. You own your capacity to love. You own your willingness to help others. You own how you talk to others and yourself. You own your happiness.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

35

Focus on *how* you respond You don’t control ... What people say about you; The situation you're put in; Where you start in life; If people treat you fairly; What other people do; You control *how* you respond.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

36

I don’t believe the future of work is remote. I believe 𝘢 future of work is remote. The future of work is choice.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

37

People discuss the importance of choosing the right city to live in, but it’s even more granular than that: choose the right neighborhood. In my case, I didn’t appreciate how much living in a walkable neighborhood with many trees would impact my day-to-day happiness. It’s huge.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

38

I don’t think great decision makers necessarily are good problem solvers. Rather, great decision makers are masterful problem avoiders.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

39

Choosing the right problems to work on matters more than the effort you bring. Don't waste your energy on linear problems. The right problems offer embedded leverage.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

40

If you're broke, you want the get-rich-quick scheme to be true. If you run a startup, you want the questionable growth metrics to be true. It's easy to fool yourself when you want to be fooled.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

41

Your habits are often a byproduct of friction and convenience. Humans are wired to seek the path of least resistance, which means the most convenient option is often the winning option. Make good choices more convenient and bad choices less so. Behavior will improve naturally.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

42

Being an early employee at a startup is almost always a terrible decision financially. Great if you: - Want to start your own company - Want to learn a lot and grow ...That’s about it.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

43

If a decision is reversible and inconsequential, make it as soon as possible. Speed matters. If a decision is irreversible and consequential, gather as much information as possible before deciding. Wait until the last possible moment. Being right matters.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

44

A good way to be unsure about something is to ask for one more opinion. More opinions often lead to indecision, not clarity. If necessary, ask for a few, add your own, make a call, and move on. Nearly all decisions are temporary, but stalling is permanent time lost.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

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Step 1: Life is a series of games. Carefully choose which games you want to play. Step 2: Each game has a set of rules. Develop a deep understanding of them. Step 3: Master a niche within the rules. Play to your strengths. Step 4: Step outside the rules. Create your own game.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

46

While results matter (and are what most people ultimately strive for), it’s better to focus on inputs over outputs because the world is complex and any single instance of success can be random. What you want is many shots on goal. Focusing on inputs means taking lots of shots.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

47

Gut reactions are usually very wrong or very right. Wrong when they are based purely on emotion and in domains where you lack experience. Right when they are rooted in deep understanding and well-developed taste. Trust your gut when you have the experience to back it up.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

48

If you don't say yes in the first 5 minutes, say no.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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The smarter you are, the more likely you decide as late as possible.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

50

Learning to be ok with being uncomfortable and not having an immediate need to resolve that uncomfort is a superpower. In situations like this, most of the time we make suboptimal decisions to make us feel better in the moment.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish