Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia quotes on consistency

Founder Gumroad, funder @ shl.vc

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1

How to make a really good painting: make a few hundred really bad paintings. How to write a really good article: write a few dozen really bad articles. How to succeed: fail a lot.

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To improve at something, consistently put yourself in an uncomfortable place. Start a startup, train for a marathon, or commit to writing every day. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.

3

You only have to write one really great thing to be known as a great writer. You only have to build one really great company to be known as a great founder. If you are consistent over decades, it seems almost inevitable!

4

Do something every day for a year and you will be in the top 10% of people in the world for that thing.

5

How to conduct 1-1s, a simple framework Tell your direct reports what you think they should: - Start doing - Stop doing - Continue doing Ask them what you should: - Start doing - Stop doing - Continue doing Do this often enough that you’re not worried about too much feedback.

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It's hard to play your best when you're up by a lot or down by a lot. It's better to play as if the score is always nil-nil. Begin every day at 0 0, no matter what happened yesterday, and see how much you get done.

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Always have a work in progress. It's much easier to absorb and retain advice when you have something to apply it to.

8

You need to swing to learn. You need to follow through to succeed.

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Best way to improve at something: do it, get feedback, apply feedback, repeat frequently. Tweeting does this for thoughts and writing so well that I don't even have to name the best example of this because you already know who I'm talking about.

10

Raising money feels like treading water. You can do it for a while but you’re always very aware something needs to change eventually... or you’ll die. Holidays make this worse because your burn rate stays the same but productivity tanks!

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