Jason Fried

Jason Fried quotes on life

Founder & CEO at Basecamp. Non-serial entrepreneur. Co-author of Getting Real, REWORK, Remote, and “It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work”.

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Seek fewer mentors. Seek more self-confidence. Too many people are stuck waiting for someone wiser to show them the way. There is no way.


It’s unfortunate that the default response when somebody changes their mind is often “gotcha!” or “told ya!”. A changing mind should be met with praise, not scorn.


If you like saying yes, get better at saying no. No gives you more opportunities to say yes to the things you really want to do/make/try/explore/discover.


If you look back 5 or 10 years, would you want that version of you determining what you’d be doing today? For me: No. that’s why I’ll never understand the “where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?” question.


Don’t give advice to be right. Give advice to be helpful. If it’s the right advice it’s a bonus.


Perspective comes from zooming out. Insight comes from zooming in. They’re both enhanced by zoning out for a while.


Instead of asking “Where do you see yourself in five years?” ask “What would you prefer to be doing tomorrow?”


Took me forever to realize, but… If you think people are judging you, that’s almost certainly just you judging yourself.


Even the most successful people have no idea what they’re doing. They figure it out as they go - just like you do…


It’s not about knowing your limits. It’s about knowing your interests. Being very clear with yourself about what you *don’t* want. I often put more energy into preventing things I don’t want to happen from happening, than I do encouraging things I want to happen to happen.


Yes is easier to say, but no is easier to do.


When you think of your attention like you think of your money, you’ll make better choices about what’s worth ‘paying’ for.


A good rule of thumb for new entrepreneurs: Build the company you’d want to work at. It makes a lot of choices obvious.


There’s no such thing as the way it is. There’s only the way it’s been.


“Easy” is a word used to describe other people’s jobs.


It’s much easier to fuck up a good thing than it is to fix up a bad thing.


Care little about a lot, and a lot about a little. Best way I’ve found to be as happy as possible.


You have to make progress to keep making progress.


Oftentimes the best way to answer someone’s question is to ask it right back to them. They already have the answer, they just couldn’t figure out how to ask themselves.


Expecting someone to have an opinion on everything you have an opinion about is an unfair expectation and unreasonable obligation.


First comes timing, then comes luck. Whatever’s next is such a distant third that it’s nearly impossible to see. Whatever fills that slot could just as well swap places with the 10th or 20th thing that matters. Plenty of things matter, but timing + luck matter so much more.


I’m not on a journey. I try to do my best work, live a good life, and take care of my family. I’m alive, but I’m not on a journey.


I find it more rewarding, and intellectually challenging, to make the simple simpler rather than the complex simple.


We know that power and money corrupts. But so does the speed at which they’re acquired or pursued. Rapid growth accelerates corruption.


Sometimes the best advice you can give someone is telling them that you have no advice for them. Just go figure it out yourself.


Common question: “What’s the one thing…” or “What are the top three things…” True answer: There is no one thing, and there are no top three things.


FOMO? Fuck that. JOMO!


The question gets you an answer. But the follow-up question gets you the gold.


…just trust yourself and do your thing.


New wears off, useful never does.


Don’t be afraid to be an early unadopter.


Your business is not your baby.


Giving someone your full attention is giving them your respect. Partial attention is disrespectful when someone expects your full attention.


No, it’s not semantics. It’s *perspective*. Perspective matters because it colors everything else you do. It’s how you frame things, it’s how you see the world, it informs how you move through the world. Language is more than semantics - it’s perspective. It’s root, it’s core.


What do I want to be when I grow up? Underestimated.


When you get used to something, you don’t often see it as a problem. But when you see an old not-a-problem cast in the light of a new solution, before and after can strike a strong contrast. New has a way of knocking you out of indifference.


One of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is the opportunity to be surprised.


Two ways to make something inconsequential into an unnecessarily big deal: 1. Talk about it too much or 2. talk about it too little.


You have to go past a limit to see where it is. Limits are only visible by looking back at them.


…they may have a few more experiences under their belt, but those are past experiences. What’s ahead is always unknown…


Jargoning at someone is worse than swearing at someone.


Whenever anything changes it’s a small miracle. There’s generally an overwhelming collection of reasons offered to keep something the same.


There’s no such thing as a no-brainer.


Some things require the suspension of disbelief. It's a skill to be able to put your instincts on hold.


Don’t get ahead of your skiis. Why set categorical expectations of yourself? Just set out to do your best. That’s enough.


…breaking a habit feels like you’re aiming to do something better. But getting un-used to something is a real intellectual challenge.

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