Best 65 Quotes & Tweets on Iteration

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Learn from times iterated over time spent. Craft a thousand tweets before ten blog posts before one novel. Skim a dozen books before absorbing one. Make many small investments before a few big bets. Build many small products before starting a company. Explore, then exploit.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

2

It isn’t 10,000 hours that creates outliers, it’s 10,000 iterations.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

Sources of personal competitive advantage: - delayed gratification - capital - network (who you know) - unique skills or combinations - platform - ability to suffer - family / home life - speed - ability to change your mind - ability to learn/adapt

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

4

Solve via iteration. Then get paid via repetition.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

5

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

6

The number one predictor of success for a very young startup: rate of iteration.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

7

You can only iterate on something after it’s been released. Prior to release, you’re just making the thing. Even if you change it, you’re just making it. Iterating is when you change/improve after it’s out. So if you want to iterate, SHIP.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

8

Reasons your product will fail: 1. Too complex 2. Can’t easily be described 3. Didn’t iterate fast enough 4. Bland 5. Failed to launch into a community 6. Doesn’t save time/money 7. Poor design 8. Does too much 9. Didn’t take a feature risk 10. Listened to wrong the customers

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

9

The fastest way to iterate is to learn from others. - Read good books - Talk to people who have done it before - Soak up the lessons of the past Learn from the experiments history has already run and you can start the race halfway finished.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

10

We chase what's sexy and miss what matters - Excitement starts something. Execution completes it. - Speed makes a good story. Velocity makes a difference. - Complexity makes you sound smart. Focusing on the basics shows you are. - New commands attention. Old offers insight.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

11

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

12

--- FS Principles --- 1. Direction over speed 2. Live deliberately 3. Thoughtful opinions held loosely 4. Principles outlive tactics 5. Own your actions

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

13

The optimal strategy might be executing a suboptimal plan at a fast pace. Strategy evolves as lessons are learned—and the person who moves faster, learns faster. Learning is a marathon and perfection is a weighted vest.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

14

Before something can compound, it must be sustained. This includes: -Money compounding in your portfolio -Productivity compounding in your organization -Love compounding in your relationships ...and more. In the long-run, the sustainable way is the fast way.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

15

Startups vs 1K+ company: Two co-founders: “Hey, what you do think of doing X? Sounds good but maybe tweak it by doing Y?” Bigger co: Write internal doc Send doc to mailing list Everyone from mktg to legal chimes in VP reviews Features get added Re-org occurs Ships 1 yr later

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

16

Speed is a near universal value in most startups: speed to ship, speed of initial ux, speed of the app loading, speed of decision making, speed of hiring or firing, speed of customer support. Speed is your best defense while you have no moat.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

17

The road to startup failure is paved with excuses for moving slowly.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

18

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

19

Speed matters, but stamina matters even more. Go as fast as possible while staying fully recovered. Go fast. Stay fresh.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

20

I’m starting to believe nothing should be designed in a day. A design needs to stand up to fresh eyes in the morning.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

21

Outcome over ego. Correctness over consensus. Direction over speed.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

22

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

23

Efficiency is speed. Effectiveness is direction. You need both to avoid going in circles.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

24

People who don’t have time to learn always find time to make the same mistakes over and over. They go fast but they never get anywhere.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

25

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.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

26

In the middle, it feels slow. In hindsight, it feels fast.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

27

Every creative project starts as an imitation. You begin by mapping what you already know or have previously seen onto the situation. But if you iterate and recombine enough, it becomes an original.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

28

Critical lesson I learned about building products: stating explicit non-goals are nearly as important as stating your actual goals. Products are all susceptible to bigger-ism. Moving fast is far easier when it's clear what you're not doing.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

29

Life is about average velocity not top speed.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

30

The difference between the expert and the average in any field is the speed at which they adapt to reality.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

31

Before you hire people with the money you just raised, please please please remember that small teams move faster than big ones.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

32

Two important vectors to build momentum in a startup are listening to users & shipping speed. To listen well, you'll need to constantly talk to users & be picky about who to serve. To ship quickly, you have to scope just enough & have good instincts about how to solve the problem

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

33

One of the most undervalued qualities is pace. There's nothing better than working with people who urgently think about what comes next, and push to get there. Analysis paralysis kills good ideas.

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

34

Build until you can sell once, iterate until you can sell twice.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

35

When the period of time between action and feedback is short, speed matters. The biggest risk is moving too slow and not iterating fast enough. When the period of time between action and feedback is long, judgment matters. The biggest risk is moving too fast.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

36

Increasing the surface area of a product is the most subtle way companies move slower. That’s why it’s so important to be clear on what you’re willing to be great at & willing to cede to avoid the debt incurred by more features. So, experiment quickly & ruthlessly deprecate.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

37

until you get product/market fit, you want to a) live as long as possible and b) iterate as quickly as possible. small teams FTW for both.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

38

The biggest impediment to increasing velocity is the number of assholes in your life.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

39

When feedback loops are short, the number of iterations matters. It's not what you know, but how quickly you can learn. When feedback loops are long, existing knowledge matters. It's not what you can learn, but what you already know.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

40

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.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

41

If you’re not competing with anyone but yourself, you can go at whatever speed you like.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

42

In company building, everything is a phase. The single most important characteristic in the early days is being rapidly adaptable. Speed, flexibility & point-of-view are your lifeblood. Keep adapting, moving & learning.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

43

How to build a great product 1. Build an awful product 2. Keep iterating

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

44

1. Start. 2. Iterate.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

45

In tech, small-stakes iterated games can suddenly turn into high-stakes single-move games. That's when the knives come out.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

46

Prioritize direction over speed.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

47

The perception of speed is as important as speed itself.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

48

Iterate until you can duplicate.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

49

Everyone wants to increase speed while avoiding stress. Physically impossible.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

50

Simplicity is a product of massive iteration.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher