Best 233 Quotes & Tweets on Hard work

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The One Thing in Life We Can Control is Our Effort

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban

@mcuban

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Being a founder is hard. Being an early employee is hard. Being a VC is hard. Being a politician is hard. Being an engineer is hard. Being a writer is hard. Being a friend is hard. Being a partner is hard. Being a parent is hard. It's all hard. Life is hard, and then you die.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Things you control: Your effort. Your beliefs. Your identity. Your actions. Your attitude. Your integrity. Your thoughts. The food you eat. How kind you are. The media you read. How reflective you are. How thoughtful you are. The people you listen to. The type of friend you are.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Ways to get lucky: • Hope luck finds you. • Hustle until you stumble into it. • Prepare the mind and be sensitive to chances others miss. • Become the best at what you do. Refine what you do until this is true. Opportunity will seek you out. Luck becomes your destiny.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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The highest level of mastery is simplicity. Most information is irrelevant and most effort is wasted, but only the expert knows what to ignore.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The part of your work that’s new every time is the craft. The part that’s the same every time is the toil.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Without hard work, a great strategy remains a dream. Without a great strategy, hard work becomes a nightmare.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Before you begin, think as if you are a lazy person. Assume the competition will work harder. Your only chance is a better strategy. After you begin, work as if you are a dumb person. Assume the competition is smarter and more talented. Your only chance is to outwork them.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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A paradox of life is that the greatest returns come in the long-term, but the opportunity cost of moving slowly is huge. Long-term thinking is not slow acting. Act fast on things that compound. Never let a day pass without doing something that will benefit you in a decade.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Reading is like fresh food for the mind. The consumption fills you with wisdom. Writing is like exercise for the mind. The effort leads to stronger ideas. Meditation is like fasting for the mind. The practice clears your mental digestive tract.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Ever notice how the biggest fans of overwork are usually investors or company owners? And the primary victims of this culture are workers? If you’re in the latter group, developing a bit of class consciousness would serve you well.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

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The most overlooked and underappreciated growth strategy is patience. (More specifically, consistently producing great work over a long time horizon.)

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The Overreaction Paradox: When the result of taking effective action is that nothing happens, which makes your effort seem unnecessary and like an overreaction even if it was the right thing to do.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Comparing yourself to others... ...is positive when it motivates you to get back to work, upgrade your skills, and remain dedicated to a meaningful pursuit. ...is negative when it causes rumination, negative self-talk, and lower self-esteem. It’s a thin line between the two.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The fastest way to raise your level of performance: Cut your number of commitments in half.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Some people need more focus. Others need to broaden their perspective. Some people need to try harder. Others need to stress less. Some people need to care more. Others need to let it go. The secret is you are both people. The key is to know which one you are in this moment.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Success is never due to one thing, but failure can be. Sleeping well won’t make you successful, but not sleeping enough will hold you back. Hard work is rarely enough without good strategy, but even the best strategy is useless without hard work. Necessary, but not sufficient.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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If you haven’t started, then taking action is more important than finding the best strategy. If you’re already taking action, then ensuring you’re working on the right thing is more important than working harder. Your effort sets your floor. Your strategy sets your ceiling.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Do not wait. If there is something you wish to do, go do it. Death comes for busy people too. It will not pause and return at a more convenient time.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Study as if you know nothing. Work as if you can solve anything.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The best way to get the attention and respect of exceptional people is to do exceptional work. Like attracts like.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Hard work is not always something you can see. It is not always physical effort. In fact, the most powerful form of hard work is thinking clearly. Designing a winning strategy may not look very active, but make no mistake: it is very hard work. Strategy often beats sweat.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Results = (Hard Work*Time)^Strategy Working hard is important, but working on the right thing is more important. A great strategy can deliver exponential results. Of course, the best strategy is worth nothing if you never get to work. Zero to the millionth power is still zero.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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What you do on your ordinary days determines what you can achieve on your extraordinary days.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Hard work is the engine. Strategy is the GPS. It’s difficult to get anywhere without hard work. If the engine stops running, progress stalls. But you’ll waste a lot of gas without a good strategy. It’s easier to make progress when you’re following the optimal path.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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In many cases, the bottleneck to achieving results is simply making the time to do the work.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The most useful form of patience is persistence. Patience implies waiting for things to improve on their own. Persistence implies keeping your head down and continuing to work when things take longer than you expect.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Wealth is a game that compounds. Health is a game that plateaus (and then declines). As we age, we should spend more time staying fit and less time making money. Increasingly, working to ward off the effects of aging and allowing the effects of compounding take over.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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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

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Remember when “working real hard” had a goal? Like getting out of a shitty situation, so you could stop wearing yourself thin. Now the prize for “working real hard” and making it big is that you get to “work real hard” forever. Hustle culture sucks.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

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Effort is bounded. You are limited by internal resources like time, energy, and attention. Strategy is unbounded. There is essentially no limit on how far an exceptional strategy can scale. Invest your bounded effort into unbounded strategies.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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You can't buy wisdom. You have to earn it. A conversation, tweet, or book isn't going to make you smarter. What makes you smarter is the lonely work of chewing on it, digesting it, and making it yours.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Trying and struggling looks like incompetence right up until the moment it looks like success.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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People who work 60 hours a week for themselves should not tell other people to work 60 hours a week for someone else.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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The best work resists compression. The best explanations are short, but potent. The best software delivers the same outcome in fewer clicks. The best manufacturing processes create products in less time and with less waste. The shape of genius is simplicity.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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You always hold the rights to your effort, but never to your results. Results are entitled to no one. At best, they are on loan and must be renewed each day. All you own is the right to try.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Work hard. If results depend on effort, then you will carry yourself far. If results depend on effort and luck, then you will be focused on the area you can influence. If results depend on luck alone, then the outcome is random, but you will have won the battle with yourself.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Giving your best effort does not mean simply working harder at what you were already doing. It can mean that, but it often means searching harder for a better way to do things. Giving your best effort involves execution and strategy.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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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

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Time spent working hard is often better spent identifying where the bottleneck is located. Working hard on the wrong thing leads to frustration, not progress.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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A practical definition of opportunity cost: If you spend too much time working on good things, then you don’t have much time left to work on great things. Understanding opportunity cost means eliminating good uses of time. And that's what makes it hard.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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There are two ways to achieve extraordinary outcomes: 1) Be lucky. 2) Be obsessed. Most people need some combination of both. However, only one of those factors is within your control. Work hard, stay focused, and let the chips fall where they may.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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A thought on strategy for work and life: Look for opportunities where you don’t have to be an outlier to succeed. (Then work as hard as you can to be the outlier.)

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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To get better outcomes, learn to do the boring work no one wants to do when no one is watching.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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The art of living well is a dance between extremes. Planning for the future vs. being present in the moment. Seeing the big picture vs. focusing on the details. Working hard vs. relaxing fully. On then off. Off then on. The challenge is knowing which move life calls for now.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Don’t put in average effort and claim that you want exceptional results.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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How to make a really good painting: make a few hundred really bad paintings. How to write a really good article: write a few dozen really bad articles. How to succeed: fail a lot.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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More startups have a chance of becoming really big than their founders realize (or want to admit to themselves). The reason for this apparent paradox is that it would take an enormous amount of work.

Paul Graham

Paul Graham

@paulg

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It’s remarkable what you can build if you just don’t stop. - It’s remarkable the business you can build if you don’t stop working. - It’s remarkable the body you can build if you don’t stop training. - It’s remarkable the knowledge you can build if you don’t stop learning.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Visible work gets paid linearly for output. Non-visible work gets paid exponentially for outcomes.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish