Best 69 Quotes & Tweets on Motivation

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1

Most people think they lack motivation when they really lack clarity.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

2

The best relationships are peer relationships. When given power over others, our ego justifies it by assuming we are smarter. Better to have people work with us than for us. Better motivated on the wrong thing than unmotivated on the right thing. Debate rather than dictate.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

Being underestimated is a gift. You don’t have to find motivation.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

4

For the last week, I have started each day by writing “What do I want?” at the top of a blank page. It’s surprising how useful it is to keep asking yourself this question. Each time, my answers get more precise. Once I know what I want, I translate the answer into action steps.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

5

Run toward the next thing, not away from the last thing.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

6

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

7

True reasoning is only possible when there is no motivation.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

8

Build before you have to. - Build knowledge before you have to. - Build strength before you have to. - Build an emergency fund before you have to. Let internal pressure drive you today, so you can handle external pressure tomorrow.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

9

Motivation is knowing what you want.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

10

Humans don’t have short or long attention spans. They have attention spans commensurate with their motivations. If you don’t care about something then you have a short attention span. But care about it? You’ll make/find all the time in the world.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

11

Slow and steady often wins because it keeps you motivated. Take on manageable challenges and you'll get frequent signals of progress. Bite off more than you can chew and progress stalls. When you make progress, you want to keep going. When you break progress, you want to stop.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

12

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

13

You can make someone a 20% better engineer but you can't make someone genuinely care about the product you're making. That's why I'd rather work with someone worse technically that wants the product they get to help build.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

14

Stories change more minds than facts. The way to change someone’s mind is not to present them with overwhelming evidence but to motivate them with overwhelming emotion. (Ideally, you’d have truth on your side and a story worth spreading.)

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

15

We often describe mental toughness as something you use to get to the finish line: -finish what you start -just keep going -never give up But grit may be more powerful as something you use to get to the starting line: -never miss a workout -always show up -do it everyday

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

16

The first 12 mo of a startup can be compressed to: 1. Is there demand & does anyone want this? 2. Is it useful & will they keep using it? 3. How do I get more people to keep using it? Interspersed w/ periods of irrational conviction & temp sadness despite nothing having changed

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

17

How to keep the momentum while working hard: - Don't burn out - Pick fun projects - Don't be a single point of failure - Spread your knowledge - Delegate - Fire yourself from boring jobs - Pair on projects, don't get stuck - Take staycations - Solve the little problems first

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

18

You can create a lot of meaning in your own life by helping someone else do something that is meaningful to them.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

19

Most people could get what they want if they knew what they wanted.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

20

I’m usually terrified people will hate my writing. My only saving grace is how I direct that fear. I use it to motivate me to find better ideas and share more useful examples rather than allowing it to prevent me from sharing at all. Fear is the gas pedal, not the brake.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

21

When any behavior or attitude or pattern of thinking is the path of least resistance, it gets repeated. That’s true for good habits as well as bad ones. Don’t worry about motivation. Just make good habits the path of least resistance.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

22

If you fear starting a company because you’re worried you’ll waste your time or you’ll fail, don’t start a company. Start a project. It’s mostly the same thing for 12 months until you have employees, make money, and have users that rely on you every day.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

23

If you don't challenge yourself, you won't fail. If never fail you'll lack the knowledge and motivation to deliver when it matters most. If you're not occasionally getting your ass kicked, you're not pushing hard enough.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

24

“How do you stay motivated?” Find an audience! Find customers! Once you have those, you will stop asking. Being able to help people is better motivation than any routine, plan, or life hack.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

25

Especially in the beginning, choose the most enjoyable version of a new habit: -the type of exercise you find fun -the length of journaling you find motivating -the style of meditation you find interesting If you enjoy it the first time, you’ll want to come back next time.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

26

When motivation is high focus on doing hard things. When motivation is low focus on tiny, easy things.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

27

Self-interest is the underlying motive behind all human behavior. Even a seemingly selfless action like donating anonymously is in your self-interest because it reinforces your belief that you are a generous person.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

28

If you have a burnt out employee that has stuck with you for a while that you value, try this: Give them a paid trip to anywhere in the world for as many weeks as they need to recover. If they come back & stay, great! If they leave, you're both better off. Don't retain a zombie.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

29

The day you stop waiting for motivation to start working is the day you become a professional

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

30

Best arguments for goal setting: -Goals can motivate and inspire you -Goals make it easier to say no to distractions Best arguments against goal setting: -Goal setting overvalues the outcome, undervalues the process -Goals push happiness off to the next milestone

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

31

Motivation can be minimal if actions are easy. Start small and become the kind of person who shows up every day. Build a new identity. Then increase the intensity.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

32

It's hard to pay someone to think like an owner.

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

33

Success or failure, at least have fun creating your startup: Learn something deeply technical, push your boundaries personally, remove comfort & see what taking risk is like, get feedback from a team, learn a new skill like legal/design/sales, and meet interesting people.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

34

I’d rather fail than not try.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

35

Make your audience happy, motivated, and informed, by making your content entertaining, inspiring, and educational.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

36

People hate on narcissism but it might be the driving force behind entrepreneurship

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

37

Adding too much value often reduces outcomes. For example, slightly better ideas executed with less motivation often give you worse outcomes than slightly worse ideas executed with more motivation. When in doubt, let people own the problem they are solving.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

38

The more self-motivated you are, the less you have to pay for education

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

39

If you have a goal, the most important thing is to start. Do not wait for motivation. If it’s not there, it will come after starting.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

40

If you have a goal, the most important thing is to start. Do not wait for motivation. If it’s not there, it will come after starting.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

41

When companies talk about burn rates, know two things are burning: Money & people. One you’re burning up, one you’re burning out.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

42

The happiest moments of starting a company, for me, have often been (1) having no clue how to solve some challenge, (2) the momentary feeling of uncertainty/death if we don't solve it, & (3) the solution being discovered together with a few smart people. Have faith.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

43

The easiest way I've found to motivate myself through the trough of sorrow is to just ask: Are all my problems solvable but don't require miracles? If the answer is yes, I just keep grinding.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

44

My personal litmus test for founder market fit is if I stay up late (2 AM) to hack on the idea 6 months later. Not because you must, though often raw hours matter early on, but because you’re having so much fun building & obsessing over the product.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

45

Only you can stop you.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

46

Your journey building a startup will have many unfair or unreasonable moments. If you die, few will care. So, get building & talk to customers. There are no award ceremonies for giving it your best effort.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

47

Procrastination is information. Use it to find what demotivates you, and try to arrange your life to do less of it.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

48

Working on things you enjoy is renewable source of energy.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

49

It doesn’t matter what you are doing, if you only work when you’re motivated, then you’ll never be consistent enough to become a pro.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

50

Teachers can motivate students with fear or reward, but only self-directed learning works in the long run

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell