Best 222 Quotes & Tweets on Problem Solving

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1

Our temporary solution to a temporary problem has become a permanent problem.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

2

Working on a problem reduces the fear of it. It’s hard to fear a problem when you are making progress on it—even if progress is imperfect and slow. Action relieves anxiety.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

3

You don’t have eight creative, problem-solving hours in the day - you have two. Spend your time wisely.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

4

If you want less competition, pick a harder problem.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

5

A permanent solution to a temporary problem becomes a permanent problem.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

6

Solve big problems early. Rebound after one missed workout, not a decade of inactivity. Repair a strained relationship the next day, not years later. Fix overspending before it becomes a lifestyle. Problems with simple solutions at first become difficult to unwind over time.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

7

You don’t become interesting by copying interesting people. You become interesting by following your own interests, going deeper down the rabbit hole than anyone else, and surfacing something new for the rest of us.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

8

A CEO’s first job is to get the company capitalized. A CEO’s second job is to recruit a team. A CEO’s third job is to provide them with clarity so they can solve their customers' problems. A CEO’s fourth job is to get out of the way until one of the above is no longer true.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

9

Solve via iteration. Then get paid via repetition.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

10

Your customers don't care about your product, they care about their problems.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

11

Engineers are leveraged creatives who generate repeatable solutions to practical problems. Engineering automation increases leverage, productivity, and the scope of problems that engineers can tackle. Until we become Gods, society has unlimited demand for creative engineers.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

12

The best startups solve a problem no one even knew they had.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

13

Formula for startup success: Find large highly fragmented industry w low NPS; vertically integrate a solution to simplify value product.

Keith Rabois

Keith Rabois

@rabois

14

You get paid linearly for analyzing and solving problems. You get paid non-linearly for spotting and siezing opportunities.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

15

Invest the best hours of your day on the biggest opportunity, not the biggest problem.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

16

We want solutions, but what we really need are attitudes. You don't need abs, but rather an attitude of training. You don't need the answer, but rather an attitude of curiosity. You don't need an easier life, but rather an attitude of perseverance. Attitude precedes outcome.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

17

Education is about problem-solving, not test-passing.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

18

You need focus to become exceptional at anything. You have to be great at saying no. Massive amounts of time and energy are wasted optimizing things that should be left undone.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

19

Study as if you know nothing. Work as if you can solve anything.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

20

Founders: we need the best engineers to work on our hardest problems! Engineers: I want to work on AI, interesting hardware problems, and scaling! Reality: hey, so can you make a landing page, make forgot about password, and fix these 3 bugs customers are complaining about?

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

21

Problem solving strategy: If you’re stuck, shift up a level or two (think bigger picture) or down a level or two (think finer details). Many problems are solvable at a different level. Note: Works for strategy too. You’ll often find a better opportunity at a different level.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

22

Things you don't need to launch your product: a great name, a one-word domain, a beautiful logo, an ever better website, brilliant copy, perfect code, custom illustrations, shiny buttons, optimized CSS… Things you do need: a product that solves a problem for someone. That's it.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

23

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

24

Before you throw more time at the problem, throw more focused action at the problem. You don’t need more time, you need fewer distractions.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

25

Chess masters know that to win you have to avoid losing. The first thing they do after an opponent make a moves isn’t to think about strategy or winning but rather to ask them self: what’s the threat? Avoid stupidity before seeking brilliance.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

26

Great software is created by people passionate about problems–not software.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

27

Successful startups happen by solving problems in ways large companies can’t.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

28

The Levels of Problem-solving: Level 1 — You solve the problem. Level 2 — You solve the problem that caused the problem. Level 3 — You avoid the problem that caused the problem. Level 3 is the most valuable but hardest to see.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

29

Mastery is the process of continuing to solve the same problem in new ways rather than stopping at an acceptable solution.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

30

When a problem small enough to handle is ignored it often grows into a problem too big to manage.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

31

The hardest part of solving a problem is accurately defining it.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

32

“The four idea principles are: (1) Find a human need, an unsolved problem (2) Master all of the essentials of the problem (3) Give a new “twist” to an old principle (4) Believe in your idea—and act!” —Bruce Lee

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

33

Start a company because you need it to solve a problem. Don't search for a problem because you want to start a company.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

34

Optimists solve problems when they arise. Pessimists invent problems before they start.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

35

A lack of product-market-fit is never solved with more features.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

36

Build a product to solve your own problem. That way you'll have at least one user – more than most startups ever get.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

37

Making great products isn't about adding more, more, more. It's often about discovering a single great problem and working to refine, refine, refine.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

38

I wholeheartedly reject the notion that every product must solve a problem (I hear this a lot from investors) Our lives are busy, noisy & difficult, there exist a class of products that aim to delight & displace people from reality These products have a place in our world too

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

39

The farther away a problem is, the easier it looks to solve. The closer you get, the more respect you'll have for the people working on it. But the only way to fully empathize is to work on the problem yourself.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

40

Perfection is brittle. Imperfection is antifragile. The more you try to appear flawless—in work, in love, in life—the less you can “have problems.” But if you identify as someone who is always learning and evolving, then facing problems is normal and you can start solving them.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

41

What are you passionate about? What is your purpose? What is your one true calling? Questions like these are popular, but can be hard to answer. Inversion provides clarity: You can discover what you want to do simply by eliminating everything you don't want to do.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

42

Project stuck? Throwing more time, money, and people at it is like struggling in quicksand - you only get more stuck. Instead, scale it back, slice it up, siphon resources away from it on a specific date. Limits, not unlimited, helps things finish up.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

43

Show me a fancy resume and I feel nothing. Show me who else is investing and I see lemmings jumping off a cliff. Show me a big unaddressed problem and I am listening. Show me the solution you’ve built and I lean in. Show me the team of true believers you built and I invest.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

44

I don’t think great decision makers necessarily are good problem solvers. Rather, great decision makers are masterful problem avoiders.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

45

Choosing the right problems to work on matters more than the effort you bring. Don't waste your energy on linear problems. The right problems offer embedded leverage.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

46

Build a product to solve your own problem, then hire your customers to solve their own problems.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

47

Don’t solve with process what you can solve with a conversation

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

48

Average teams solve C+ problems as a unit. Good teams can solve B+ problems. To solve A+ problems, however, you need individuals and not consensus. All organization face all of these types of problems. The good ones approach them differently.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

49

Great startups are cleverly selected groups of talented people running hard in a particular direction in lockstep, making valuable things. The money is the byproduct. Focus on the money too much and you mess up the group, the direction and lose the money.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

50

1. Find a problem 2. Tell a story 3. Sell a service 4. Deliver a result 5. Build a product

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher