Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia quotes on failure

Founder Gumroad, funder @ shl.vc

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Work on something you’d be proud of even if it failed.

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Don’t let the dogma of “failing fast” prevent you from succeeding slowly.

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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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The commonly cited 70% failure rate is only so high because founders and investors are trying to reach a certain scale in a certain amount of time. If you are willing to spend 10+ years to build a sustainable business that matters, your odds of success go way up.

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Nothing will teach you how to do something faster than trying and failing.

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If you paint a hundred bad paintings and one really great one, people will only remember that one. If you write a post with just one really great sentence, people will only remember that one sentence. Failures fade, successes stick.

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The only way to succeed is to learn. The only way to learn is through experimentation. The only way to experiment is with failure. Fail to succeed!

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Confidence comes from having recovered from failure.

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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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Successful people: "failure is awesome!" Everyone else: "failure sucks."

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People think they need mentorship when they really just need to get started. People think they need a technical cofounder when they really just need Google and discipline. Start, fail, iterate. Get good enough by yourself and they will find you.

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I’d rather fail than not try.

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You can't guarantee your success, but you can guarantee your failure. Don't give up, and you cannot fail.

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A CEO doing customer support is either a great leading indicator of startup success or a great leading indicator of startup failure.

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Plenty of people will tell you to stop trying, to give up, that failure is inevitable. Don't let yourself be one of them.

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If you failed you succeeded at giving yourself space to fail.

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How to succeed: don't fail for long enough.

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