Best 16 Quotes & Tweets on Psychology of being an entrepreneur

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1

Founder mentality: If you think like an owner, and you act like an owner, it’s only a matter of time until you become an owner.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

2

What entrepreneurs crave in investors is conviction.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

One of the less talked about realities of achieving something great is the sheer amount of time you have to be alone, toiling until the thing you’re creating is great. Much of one’s perseverance is believing you’re not wasting your time despite feeling lonely w/ many distractions

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

4

When I was starting my first business, I remember using a totally large random number as my first invoice number to make it seem like I’d sent *a lot* of invoices before. Hands up if you were as insecure as I was when you started your first business.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

5

I am pretty sure the biggest difference between a startup and a large company is the anxiousness one feels if they haven’t shipped something meaningful in a week. In a large company it is totally acceptable for an 6+ mo project to not ship. That cannot happen in a startup.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

6

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

7

An entrepreneur without drive is just unemployed.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

8

The longer I am an entrepreneur (8+ years) and the more I become friends with other entrepreneurs, the more I believe: It is never as sexy on the inside as it appears on the outside. Never. Whoever your entrepreneurial idols are, they have plenty of headaches behind the scenes.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

9

Behavioral traits of great founders: -gets shit done -tells a great story, thus attracts talent -high-energy -chip on their shoulder -owns a unique point-of-view on the world -frugality -talent maximizer (of others) -ability to personally manage stress -chaos arbitrageur

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

10

You can be an entrepreneur that never wants to start another business again. I’m in that boat. Totally happy with my current business, but uninterested in ever doing it again.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

11

It's difficult to get an entrepreneur to understand something, when their valuation depends on them not understanding it.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

12

It is one thing to study entrepreneurship and another to be an entrepreneur.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

13

The gulf between the perception of what it's like to be an entrepreneur & what it's actually like to be an entrepreneur couldn't be larger.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

14

Sometimes it’s really fucking hard to trust yourself. Especially when you’re likely to be wrong about some part of the decision. Question becomes which part, and to what degree. When faced with these situations, I try to take the most risk without putting everything at risk.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

15

Serial entrepreneurs like to create businesses. Portfolio entrepreneurs like to run businesses. (Creating them is a means to an end.) You get a huge advantage in business if you learn what you really like doing.

Daniel Vassallo

Daniel Vassallo

@dvassallo

16

When I go on a vacation/trip while building a startup, I often feel anxious: it’s hard to be present when you have clear & present danger that will imminently kill you. Conversely, I find that if all it took was those extra few days/weeks to kill the co, it was already dead.

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail