Best 149 Quotes & Tweets on Networking

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1

If you are successful, it’s almost always because some people went out of their way to help you. You have a moral obligation to pay it forward.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

2

Real wealth is not about money. Real wealth is: -not having to go to meetings -not having to spend time with jerks -not being locked into status games -not feeling like you have to say “yes” -not worrying about others claiming your time and energy Real wealth is about freedom.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

3

Wealth is the power to choose. Financial wealth is the power to choose how to spend money. Social wealth is the power to choose who to hang out with. Calendar wealth is the power to choose how to spend your time. Mental wealth is the power to choose your thoughts.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

4

One of the most effective things you can do to build better habits is to join a culture where your desired behavior is the normal behavior. New habits seem achievable when you see others doing them every day.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

5

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

6

Amazing social skills are a superpower. The ability to deliver bad news in a good way is a superpower. The ability to de-escalate a tense situation into a calm one is a superpower. The ability to transform a lose/win situation into a win/win situation is a superpower.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

7

Stop networking, start making friends.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

8

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

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

9

Long-term, cities like San Francisco will resemble colleges. People will spend 4-10 years to learn, gain credibility, and build a network. Then they'll leave and settle elsewhere, making space for the next "class."

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

10

The fastest way to become exceptional is to work with exceptional people. If you want to be a great engineer, work at a company with great engineers. Want to start a company? Work for an early-stage startup with extraordinary founders. Watch them work, and learn by osmosis.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

11

Networking is overrated. Become first and foremost a person of value and the network will be available whenever you need it.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

12

The selfish reason to be ethical is that it attracts the other ethical people in the network.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

13

Don’t sell, educate. Don’t network, make friends. Don’t try to grow your audience, create value for your existing audience.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

14

The most effective networking strategy I’ve found has nothing to do with conferences, cocktail hours, cold emails, or any of the common ideas you hear. 1) Do interesting things. 2) Share them publicly. Like-minded people will come to you.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

15

The best way to get the attention and respect of exceptional people is to do exceptional work. Like attracts like.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

16

If you want to be in the top 1% of a particular domain, then you can’t take your cues from and follow the social norms of 99% of people. This is harder than it sounds. We are wired to imitate. The further you want to climb, the more carefully you need to construct your tribe.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

17

Leadership is: 1) Getting results 2) Making people feel good 3) Connecting each person to a bigger mission The good leaders do one. The great leaders do two. The best leaders do all three.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

18

Surround yourself with people who want to have conversations, not win conversations

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

19

Cultivate people in your life whose normal behavior is your desired behavior.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

20

Friendship happens on the way to something else. If you “try to meet new people” it feels weird and forced. The more you aim for friendship, the more it eludes you. But if you aim to learn or achieve something with others, friendship happens naturally during the shared pursuit.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

21

What matters has sharply come into focus. Family matters. Love matters. Kindness matters. Health matters. Generosity matters. People matter. Community matters. The rest is just noise.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

22

A better way to “network:” Send more cold emails. Don’t ask for anything. Express gratitude for their work. Never expect something in return. Do this for years.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

23

On funerals, loss, grief, friendship, and support: It's not about knowing what to say. It's about being there when nobody knows what to say. The only thing people need to hear is, "You are not alone." And that doesn't require words. It just requires your presence.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

24

If you hang out with people who complain about other people, they probably do the same when you’re not around

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

25

Sources of new ideas: - Extended conversations with others - Reading broadly (new fields) - Detailed (in the weeds) knowledge - Time away from the computer - Things that divide people - Talking with relatively new people to a craft - Traveling - Old ideas/books

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

26

3 tips for getting started as a writer 1. Publish on a schedule. Consistency develops ability. 2. Share your writing publicly. Writing is a magnet. It attracts like-minded people. 3. Write about what fascinates you. You don't need to be an expert. Curiosity leads to expertise.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

27

You can learn basically anything for free. The things you should pay for: feedback/mentorship, access to a network, a forcing function to be disciplined.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

28

As a general rule: Broad ideas influence more people. Specific ideas influence people more.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

29

The patterns of the people around you eventually become your patterns.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

30

Surround yourself with people that celebrate growth

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

31

Writing online is a superpower. The Internet rewards people with obscure interests. Writing online will help you find other like-minded hobbyists who you wouldn’t be able to find in real-life.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

32

Career Advice: Don't sell shit you don't want to buy. Don't work for people you don't want to become. Create win-win relationships for all.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

33

You can skip all the parties, all the conferences, all the press, all the tweets. Build a great product and get users and win.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

34

The old gatekeepers were external: credentials, approval, access. The new gatekeepers are internal: curiosity, confidence, consistency.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

35

In the future we’ll pay teachers, practitioners, and artists directly to learn, gain credibility, and build a network, instead of universities.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

36

Conversation is usually a first draft of your thoughts. If true, we should be more gracious with people in conversation. In writing, we actively encourage people to ignore quality and explore ideas in the first draft. In conversation, if people make one misstep, we blast them.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

37

If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room. However, if you’re the dumbest person in the room, you’re also in the wrong room. Do the reading, hone your skills, and prepare diligently. Earn the right to be in the room.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

38

Your work can network faster than you can.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

39

You can't get long term outcomes with short term people.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

40

Changing your habits often requires you to change your tribe. Each tribe has a set of shared expectations. Behaviors that conform to the shared expectations are attractive. Behaviors that conflict with the shared expectations are unattractive. It's hard to go against the group.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

41

Whenever you hang out with people that reinforce your good habits, you are naturally crowding out your bad habits at the same time.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

42

You get better at writing one word at a time. You build your network one relationship at a time. You build your business one sale at a time. This never changes.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

43

Each day creates surface area for new opportunities. The longer you live, the more ideas, people, and options you encounter. Without active pruning, the natural path of any to-do list is to grow. As a result, a key skill in life is deciding what shouldn’t be done.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

44

The desire to belong often overpowers the desire to improve.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

45

Be intentional about who you spend time with, who you work with, who you serve, and who you listen to.

Patrick McKenzie

Patrick McKenzie

@patio11

46

Reach out. You never know.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

47

Someone once told me the way things get done is a combination of focus and personal connections. I believe it more every year.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

48

Businesses with strong network effects have always subsidized early adopters. Now, with tokens, they can outright pay early adopters.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

49

Goal for your 20s: Find your “10 Club” Your 10 Club is a group of 10 people you want to work with later in life. They should be kind, ambitious, and generous. Travel together, meet their families, and attend their weddings.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

50

Key goal of your 20s: Build relationships with people you want to work with later in life. The seeds of great companies are sown years before they’re built.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell