Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia quotes on creativity

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It's a hundred times easier to criticize than create.

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On the internet, they say: 1% create 9% contribute 90% consume All it takes is to start contributing and you'll have a 10x advantage over everyone else. Create and it'll be 90x.

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In SF I learned: the best VCs don’t really know what’s going to take off. In LA I learned: the best producers don’t really know what’s going to be a hit. Don’t chase success. Create what you think should exist. No one knows until everyone knows–and by then it’s too late.

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Create things you wish people created for you.

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Things you can improve: - Your attitude - Memory - Discipline - Creativity - Time management - Stamina - Writing ability - Charisma - Happiness Things you can’t: - The past

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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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If you can't find what you're looking for, maybe you should create it.

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

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If you want to be an artist, be a capitalist first.

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How to learn to write: First, stop comparing your first draft to anyone’s published masterwork. That stuff’s been written, rewritten, reviewed, copy edited, line edited, and more. Let them inspire you, but not demotivate you.

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If you write, you're a writer. If you make art, you're an artist. If you're starting something out of nothing, you're an entrepreneur. There's no test you have to pass to make these things part of your identity.

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Reading is easy. Learning is hard. Writing is easy. Thinking is hard. Painting is easy. Observing is hard.

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Someone's favorite book has yet to be written. Someone's favorite painting has yet to be painted. Someone's favorite movie has yet to be made. It could be yours.

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Make art that makes you happy. Make art that makes you better. Make art that makes you money. Make art that makes a difference.

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If you're a writer, you're the CEO of your own business. If you're a painter, you're the CEO of your own business. If you're a musician, you're the CEO of your own business. Today, being great at business will get you farther than being a great artist.

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A one-dimensional identity puts all of your happiness in one basket. Fill your life with friends, family, lore, love, books, hobbies, exercise, art... Diversify your identity and you'll always have something to be happy about!

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Everyone should write. Everyone should draw. Everyone should paint. Everyone should make music and movies. Everyone should dance, run, lift. Everyone should design, code, build. Everyone should create. Until then, millions of people will die unaware of the gifts they possessed.

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If you want to make some of the best stuff ever made, you have to say no to consuming some of the best stuff ever made.

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Painting has helped me understand how I see. Writing has helped me understand how I think. Building has helped me understand what I care about.

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"No code" isn't just about helping non-coders build things. It's also about helping coders build things. Some of our top creators are incredibly competent engineers who don't want to deal with payments, fraud, VAT, and other burdens that come with selling stuff online.

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Everyone is capable of making art that inspires.

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