Best 231 Quotes & Tweets on Ideas

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1

The only two ways to coordinate human societies at scale are free markets and physical power. Any ideology rejecting free markets is just advocating for power. Socialism, communism, and fascism all converge to the same endpoint - rule by the biggest thug.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

2

The ideal school would teach health, wealth, and happiness. It‘d be free, self-paced, and available to all. It‘d show opposing ideas and students would self-verify truth. No grades, no tests, no diplomas - just learning. Actually, you’re already here. Careful who you follow.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

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.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

4

Twitter is the only social network that connects people over ideas rather than over pre-existing relationships.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

5

The Efficient Markets Hypothesis fails because humans are herd animals, not independent rational actors. Thus the best investors tend to be antisocial and contrarian.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

6

The idea that "change is hard" is one of the biggest myths about human behavior. The truth is, you change effortlessly and all the time. The primary job of the brain is to adjust your behavior based on the environment. Design a better environment. Change will happen naturally.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

7

The things that matter most can't be copied. You can copy goals, you can't copy discipline. You can copy ideas, you can't copy execution. You can copy answers, you can't copy understanding. You can copy thinking, you can't copy thinking for yourself.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

8

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

9

People keep reading self-help and revisiting the same ideas because that’s precisely what we need: to be reminded. The problem is not that information is unhelpful, but that attention is fleeting. Nobody focuses on one idea every minute of the day. Good books refocus the mind.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

10

Everyone has an idea, what sets people apart is execution.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

11

One of the most incredible things about reading: A good book can give you a new way to interpret your past experiences. Whenever you learn a new mental model or idea, it's like the "software" in your brain gets updated. Suddenly, you can learn new lessons from old moments.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

12

The internet has a recency bias. Old ideas aren’t resurfaced enough. We’re obsessed with what’s happening right now. Articles, blog posts, interviews, documentaries. You name it. The world needs older ideas.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

13

The amount of skepticism expressed at the idea that it's possible to start a new company on a ~40h workweek blows my mind. I've been borderline accused of lying several times when I account for our path of doing just that. This is what the ideology of workism brings.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

14

The world rewards the people who are best at communicating ideas, not the people with the best ideas.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

15

Trying to be less wrong is better than trying to be right. When you focus on being less wrong, blindspots become visible, beliefs no longer need protecting, and you become open to better ideas. Outcome over ego.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

16

Theory: Creative thoughts often arise during “mindless” tasks like showering or walking because the low level activity occupies the mind enough to prevent rumination. Your imagination is unlocked.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

17

Stoicism is big on the idea of intentionally subjecting yourself to discomfort in order to nurture resilience and appreciation. Think cold showers, intermittent fasting, walking in the rain without an umbrella. Anyway, this idea has me thinking about trying Windows again.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

18

Do something before there's a name for it.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

19

The Internet is the most important technology in our lives. You don't need permission to build things on the Internet. All you need is an idea, a vision, 2-3 skills, and the discipline to execute it.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

20

An entrepreneur not willing to disclose their ideas is like a comedian not willing to tell any jokes.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

21

Broke: I'm not going to tell anyone my ideas because someone will steal them and build it. Woke: I'm going to tell everyone my ideas because someone will steal it and I won't even have to build it myself.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

22

When evaluating startup ideas, Peter Thiel tells entrepreneurs to ask three questions: 1) What is valuable? 2) What can I uniquely do? 3) What is nobody else doing? Every writer should ask themselves these questions before starting an essay too.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

23

Someone might be able to steal your ideas, but they will never be able to steal your ability to come up with ideas

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

24

Whenever you think all the good ideas are taken, remember this: We put a man on the moon before we put wheels on suitcases.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

25

How to take notes: - Read on Kindle - Highlight everything interesting - Export highlights to Evernote - Bold the best ideas - Delete the fluff Extra points if you type up a summary. Just like that, all your best ideas will be saved in your pocket forever. Easy and efficient.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

26

An idea stolen is an idea validated.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

27

The most creative ideas come from people who have nothing to lose. As soon as you have something to lose, you limit your ideas to those that don’t threaten what you already have. You start protecting rather than creating.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

28

1. Write to get terrible ideas out of your head. 2. Keep writing to get average ideas out of your head. 3. Keep writing to get brilliant ideas out of your head.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

29

You have to sell yourself before you can sell your ideas.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

30

If you can’t communicate an idea clearly, you haven’t written about it enough

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

31

Imagine a political system where you discussed ideas instead of people

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

32

How to Win 1. Broad funnel. Research widely, explore unrelated areas for ideas, create a huge dataset of options. 2. Tight filter. Eliminate nearly everything. Focus only on the best options. Prioritize asymmetric opportunities: limited downside, unlimited upside. 3. Repeat.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

33

Share your work. An idea that is never spoken or written down dies with the person who conceived it.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

34

Checklist for writing good paragraphs: • Focus on one idea • Make that idea surprising • Maximum of one long sentence • Add a story, statistic, or example • Key points at the beginning and the end Break these rules when necessary, but that’s 90% of what you need to know.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

35

Your job is to collect ideas Collect so many ideas that some of the ideas you thought were unrelated fuse together to form brand new ideas

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

36

Writing well is 5% ideas, 5% grammar, and 90% not being distracted by the Internet.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

37

I love social media marketing because it’s the most experimental of all marketing channels. It allows for risk taking. It allows for ideas that could flop. It allows for activations that don’t make sense in a traditional marketing context. So, take some chances and have some fun.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

38

Popular ideas spread faster than true ideas

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

39

There are two ways to have brilliant ideas: 1) The hard way: Try to come up with all the ideas yourself. 2) The easy way: Read books. Most problems can be solved with focused attention and a book. Books are a cheat code. Do the easy thing. Read books.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

40

So much of success can be explained in one sentence: “I had one good idea and executed like a crazy person for 10 years.”

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

41

A Harvard paper found a relationship between alcohol and innovation. ∙ States that prohibited alcohol during the Prohibition produced ~8-18% fewer patents per year. ∙ Bar innovation happens not just because of collaboration, but also because people are exposed to new ideas.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

42

Ideas are abundant. Execution is scarce.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

43

Books aren’t your thing? Then read articles, blogs, newsletters, even tweets. Books don’t have a monopoly on great ideas.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

44

The people who die with the most regret are the ones who had a creative vision, but never followed through with it

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

45

My nights are sacred. Since I started working, I’ve reserved 2-3 nights per week for reading, learning, and thinking. It’s my time without distraction — to explore the wonderful world of ideas. This habit has absolutely changed my life. The benefits keep compounding.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

46

Three reasons people think lean startup and minimum viable products (MVPs) are garbage. 1. They think MVP means build something instead of learn something. 2. They think a MVP means broken or incomplete. 3. They don’t want to believe that they could be wrong about their ideas.

Hiten Shah

Hiten Shah

@hnshah

47

The Law of Attraction should really be called the Law of Attention. You are surrounded by information each day, but ignore most of it. When your attention shifts to a new problem, you seem to "magically" notice solutions and ideas related to that problem.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

48

Ideas are not worthless, they are just hard to monetize without great execution.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

49

I love when exceptional people explain their worldview. Examples: 1) Warren Buffett’s annual letters 2) Jeff Bezos’ letters to shareholders 3) George Soros’ speeches on the theory of reflexivity and fallibility Learn as much as you can. Then share your best ideas in public.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

50

Most ideas die from the overvaluation of negative feedback.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher