Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia quotes on experience

Founder Gumroad, funder @ shl.vc

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Want to learn design, product development, sales, customer support, marketing, recruiting, finance, legal, and operations? Start a company.

2

Doing the job before you get the job is a great way to get the job.

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You can learn more from watching what people do than listening to people talk.

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Very few people want to start a company. If you're thinking about giving it a shot, you probably should. There's no better way to build wealth and acquire knowledge – and you can always go back to being a very valuable employee armed with your experiences if it doesn't work out.

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Experiences that make you feel dumb make you smart.

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The people who have failed the most have the most to teach but are often listened to the least.

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Too many people focus on how good they are (or aren't) instead of how fast they are improving. I'd much rather hire someone who is growing exponentially than someone who has plateaued. The latter might be a great employee for a long time, the former will replace me.

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Experience (unfortunately) seems to be the only teacher.

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Skin in the game is great, but sometimes the opposite is better. Listen to people who have nothing to gain from their own advice being followed. Dead people, for example.

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The only way to know if you're world-class at something is to spend a few decades working on it. But if you do spend a few decades working on something, you will almost definitely be world-class at it.

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One way to be the best at something is to be the only at something.

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There's no better way to improve than performing live. Want to be funny? Go to an open mic. Want to write well? Hit publish. Want to build better? Work on a product with passionate users. It won't get much easier, but you will get better.

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