Best 141 Quotes & Tweets on Long-game

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Aim to be great in 10 years. Build health habits today that lead to a great body in 10 years. Build social habits today that lead to great relationships in 10 years. Build learning habits today that lead to great knowledge in 10 years. Long-term thinking is a secret weapon.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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All self-help boils down to "choose long-term over short-term."

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Your 1st blog post will be bad, but your 1000th will be great. Your 1st workout will be weak, but your 1000th will be strong. Your 1st meditation will be scattered, but your 1000th will be focused. Put in your reps.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Decisions: • If you can’t decide, the answer is no. • If two equally difficult paths, choose the one more painful in the short term (pain avoidance is creating an illusion of equality). • Choose the path that leaves you more equanimous in the long term.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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New goals don't deliver new results. New lifestyles do. And a lifestyle is a process, not an outcome. For this reason, all of your energy should go into building better habits, not chasing better results.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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What looks like talent is often careful preparation. What looks like skill is often persistent revision.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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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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Things that reduce the odds of long-term success: + Saying yes to too many things. + Making excuses. + Staying up late. + Eating poorly. + Checking email first thing in the AM. + Working more to fix being busy. + Buying things you don't have the money for.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Be radically proactive about any behavior that pays off in 10 years.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Most failures are one-time costs. Most regrets are recurring costs. The pain of inaction stings longer than the pain of incorrect action.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The biggest generator of long term results is learning to do things when you don't feel like doing them. If you let excuses or emotion drive behavior, you're cheating yourself. Put aside the excuses and start doing what you need to do.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Systems are for people who care about winning repeatedly. Goals are for people who care about winning once.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Focus on your daily results and you’ll often make poor long-term choices. Focus on your daily choices and you’ll almost certainly enjoy good long-term results.

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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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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Don’t write to sound smart. Write to be useful. If you’re useful over a long time period, you will end up looking smart anyway.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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If the only reason you're not pursuing a dream is because of the length of time it will take to achieve it, you should start right now. Think long-term.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The longer you wait to start, the more you never will.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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The best exercise for gaining strength is not missing workouts.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Time is the most powerful force in the universe. Nobody controls it. Nobody can stop it. If you make choices that make time your ally on a daily basis, then nobody can prevent the trajectory of time from benefitting you in the long-run.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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It takes years to become a great engineer, designer, writer, painter. But it only takes days to become communicative, reliable, and nice to be around — which will put you above 90% of your peers.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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In the long-run, the people who succeed are the ones who want to live the lifestyle that precedes the results. Stop asking, "What results do I want to have?" Start asking, "What lifestyle do I want to live?" It's common to want results. It's rare to want the lifestyle.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Life is too short to not be pursuing the best opportunity you know of.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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No over yes. Hard over easy. Outcome over ego. Simple over complex. Listen over speaking. Doing over criticizing. Effective over efficient. Long term over short term. Avoiding stupidity over seeking brilliance.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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An individual’s values, a company’s mission, and a nation’s constitution, all attract long term players playing long term games.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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How long does it take to build a habit? 21 days? 30 days? 66 days? The honest answer is: forever. Because once you stop doing it, it is no longer a habit. A habit is a lifestyle to be lived, not a finish line to be crossed. Make small, sustainable changes you can stick with.

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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Whenever you see an overnight success, your eyes deceive you. What you are witnessing is the hour of opportunity unleashing the potential energy of previous choices. It was not one decision, but the accumulated power of all that came before. The fuse was lit on a loaded cannon.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Success comes slowly, then all at once.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Before you dream about the view from the summit, ask yourself if you're willing to keep your head down, focus on the path, and spend your life walking up the side of a very big hill. It takes years of walking to earn a minute at the top.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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It takes years to get to the point where it takes an hour.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Things that take longer than you expect: - Building a company - Writing a book - Taking a roadtrip - Saving money Things that take less time than you expect:

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Founders run every sprint as if they’re about to lose, but grind out the long race knowing that victory is inevitable.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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You have to be willing to look like an idiot in the short run to outperform in the long run. While copying what others already do helps achieve average results quickly, common approaches never outperform. What ends as being better starts as being different.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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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

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It’s crazy how you hear the story of The Tortoise and the Hare while growing up, and assume it’s just a nice thing to tell kids—and then you start your career and watch it actually happen. The people who stick with things for years and never stop almost always win the race.

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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We waste our time with short term thinking and busywork. Warren Buffett spends a year deciding and a day acting. That act lasts decades.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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You’ll get it when you no longer want it.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Optimists win in the long-run because their miscalculation of how long it will take or how likely it is to succeed motivates them to give it a try. If you knew how hard it would be and how long it would take in the beginning then you might not try in the first place.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Morality and ethics automatically emerge when we realize the long term consequences of our actions.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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People underrate how much of building an audience at the start happens one-by-one. Stop trying to go “viral” and help the people around you out.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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In the long-run (and often in the short-run), your willpower will never beat your environment.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The easy way is often the hard way. Shortcuts, one-sided deals, and selfish behavior create debts. You only look like a winner until the bill comes due. Short-term actions become long-term frustrations. In hindsight, the hard way only seems slow in the moment.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Many people are unwilling to suffer in the short term to reach fulfillment in the long term.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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The longer it takes to become successful, the more prepared you will be to handle it.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Win the day and the decade falls into place.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The only game worth playing is the long one.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Don’t just exercise, train. Don’t just read, study. Don’t just paint, take visual notes. Exercise is short term and linear. Training compounds over the long term. In ten years, those who train will be in a different league than those who exercise.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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The commonly cited 70% failure rate is only so high because founders and investors are trying to reach a certain scale in a certain amount of time. If you are willing to spend 10+ years to build a sustainable business that matters, your odds of success go way up.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl