Best 66 Quotes & Tweets on Ethics

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Smart partners negotiate fair deals because they know that lopsided deals are fragile and that most value accumulates in long term trust relationships. You can tell a lot about a potential partner by their opening offer.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Envy is an illusion. The part of the person that we envy doesn’t exist without the rest of that person. If we aren’t willing to trade places with them completely - their life, their body, their thoughts - then there is nothing to be envious about.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

You’d be surprised how far you’ll get by just doing what you say you’ll do.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

4

The selfish reason to be ethical is that it attracts the other ethical people in the network.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

5

Abilities that lead to intelligence: 1. The curiosity to experiment and explore. 2. The honesty to observe the world as it is, not as you wish it to be. 3. The humility to kill your favorite ideas when you learn something new. 4. The consistency to repeat this cycle for life.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

6

Wisdom is the product of experience and honest reflection.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

7

If you're intellectually honest and advocate for a system that controls people, turn over the keys to your enemies for a dry run.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

8

Small deals rely on promises and contracts. Big deals rely on alignment and trust.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

9

Mastery requires both impatience and patience. The impatience to have a bias toward action, to not waste time, and to work with a sense of urgency each day. The patience to delay gratification, to wait for your actions to accumulate, and to trust the process.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

10

The idea that anything is possible if you work hard enough is unfortunately a very dangerous delusion. Life is more random than it seems, and favorable outcomes are more often attributable to making good bets rather than a good work ethic. Don’t sacrifice more than it’s worth.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

11

Build a reputation that makes other people do deals through you.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

12

Whenever you succeed with a small habit, you add a little to your general ability to stick with good habits. With each repeated success, your ability grows as does your trust and confidence in yourself. Slowly, you develop the ability to be consistent even in tough conditions.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

13

A lot of people think that we shouldn't trust others by default because someone might screw us over. It's been my experience that the benefits of reciprocal trust, speed, and not living with your guard up all the time is more than worth letting yourself get occasionally screwed.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

14

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

15

The biggest risk is working on the wrong thing. The second biggest is being unreliable when working on the right thing.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Founder tip: Send your investors monthly updates. I know it can be annoying and I’ve missed months when things are hectic, but it’s for your benefit. It’s a great way to: - Get help (ask for it!) - Build trust (very important for raising the next round) - Reflect internally

Ryan Hoover

Ryan Hoover

@rrhoover

17

Trust allows relationships to compound. When you don't have to re-evaluate people or worry about protecting yourself all the time, you go both further and faster with less anxiety and stress.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

18

In the short run, lying is easy and honesty is hard. In the long run, honesty is easy and lying is hard. What you choose today makes your tomorrow.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

19

The best people need direction, not hierarchy; trust, not bureaucracy; and freedom, not excessive controls. These tools turn your great people into good ones so your less than average ones become average.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

20

Nearly every entrepreneur I talk so says hiring is their biggest challenge. The world is starving for competent people with a strong work-ethic.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

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Wet grass doesn’t catch on fire. When you are kind, generous, and honest, and respectful with people, you water the grass. If you’re anything less, the grass quickly dries and the smallest spark can light it on fire.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

22

I cannot urge early stage startups enough to make a model of their unit economics. It is so telling what will likely cause great, early pain in your startup in the first 5 years. It’ll keep you honest & let you test the accuracy of your intuition. Buffer for the unknown.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

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Here's a crazy theory: Alcohol is a social technology for trustworthiness. We get drunk with people to see how they act when they lose some control. They reveal themselves once they've had a few drinks because their powers of deception are inhibited.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

24

Partner with people who still have a lot of childhood friends because they’re the most loyal.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

25

To be honest, speak without identity.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

26

Simple advice for founders: Don’t lie in your pitch deck. A friend informed me I was listed as a user of the product in a company’s deck. I’ve never heard of them before.

Ryan Hoover

Ryan Hoover

@rrhoover

27

The more immediate the consequences, the more trustworthy the behavior.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

28

If someone really believes something, they wouldn’t just be talking about it, they would be doing it.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

29

Asking someone to click a link is asking them to trust that you’re not wasting their time. And that trust has to be earned.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

30

Observation: Many entrepreneurs skew their world view to match what they *want* to believe to be true. The result: Wasted time and often failure. I’ve fallen into this trap. Be honest with yourself. 😊

Ryan Hoover

Ryan Hoover

@rrhoover

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Basic ethics reform for mailing list software: 1) Don't enable tracking pixels by default. 2) If sender turns them on, force a disclaimer at the bottom of the list: "[The sender] tracks when you open emails from them. Here's what that means. Want to opt out?". 3) Respect opt-out.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

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The best way to change someone’s mind is to be befriend them The best way to befriend someone is to build trust with them The best way to build trust with someone is to give without an expectation of anything in return

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

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The simplest thing I've learned to do in business that has always paid dividends is paying people quickly with minimal fuss when they've held up their end of the bargain. One day turnarounds on invoices builds immense amounts of trust.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

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Founders: when shit hits the fan as the co hits zero do not: - Lie to investors about metrics & kick the can down the road - Make your employees scramble for a job with a 2 week insolvency notice - Make everything seem great Please do the right thing. Everyone will remember.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

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My favorite entrepreneurs follow the same strategy: 1) Hire unique people who have ideas. 2) Trust them to execute on their vision — as long as the cost of failure is low and the benefits of success are high. 3) Cut the failures and double-down on what works. Rinse, repeat.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

36

Being honest with who you are is a superpower The more honest you are with yourself, the less anyone else can hurt you

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

37

People trust imperfection.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

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A quick heuristic to calibrate the extent to which a person is honest: Listen to a person tell the same story twice. The extent to which the details are consistent is an indication of honesty. Liars manipulate details to suit the situation.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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“Pre-Revenue” isn’t a thing, it’s a bullshit mask over a starker, more honest reality: “No customers, no sales.” No customers and no sales is fine - every business starts there - but don’t dress it up and act like it’s something. It’s actually nothing, and that’s the point.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

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When asked for advice, remember it’s OK to say “I don’t know.” You’re not helping the recipient by faking it. 😊

Ryan Hoover

Ryan Hoover

@rrhoover

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The best social media accounts are like the best relationships: The more honest and open they are the more interesting and enjoyable they are

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

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Investment memos are a 10/10 marketing strategy. • Teaching is an excellent way to build trust with current and future customers. • Transparency attracts the right people and repels the wrong ones. Warren Buffett has been writing yearly letters since 1965. Brilliant.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

43

Ethics is what you do despite the money. If being ethical were profitable, everyone would do it.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

44

The best way to make it past the gatekeepers in your industry is to earn the trust of someone who already has. It only takes one.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

45

Distrust futurists. More so if they haven't created anything fundamental in their field. Distrust completely if they claim many fields.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

46

Studying ethics doesn't make you ethical.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

47

A person you can trust never says “you can trust me,” rather their past behaviour speaks for itself.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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People don’t trust intuition anymore. We now worship the cold gospel of logic and rationality. We‘ve lost faith in genius. We’ve lost faith in destiny. We’ve lost faith in vocation. But greatness begins with following the light of intuition. Listen to your muse.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

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A key to running a successful organization is minimizing large meetings & maximizing small ones High frequency micro conversations create trust, continuity & ownership Large meetings optimize for consensus & hierarchical game play (at worse they muffle soft voices)

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

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Great mentors assume your success. They say things like “You’re destined to become world-class in your field.” These words of encouragement cost the mentor nothing, but they can change the life of a young person. By giving you hope, they inspire belief.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell