Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia quotes on hard work

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Being a founder is hard. Being an early employee is hard. Being a VC is hard. Being a politician is hard. Being an engineer is hard. Being a writer is hard. Being a friend is hard. Being a partner is hard. Being a parent is hard. It's all hard. Life is hard, and then you die.


People who work 60 hours a week for themselves should not tell other people to work 60 hours a week for someone else.


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.


Want to start a restaurant? Start cooking. Invite friends over. Their friends. Start charging. Do pop-ups. Same goes for anything else. Get as far you can without permission, before you need anyone else's.


For all people in the tech industry argue about working hard, we don’t actually work that hard. Compared to people in finance, the culinary industry, and law – it’s not even close.


If you want to “change the world,” don’t work 20 hours more a week. Start your own company.


How to surround yourself with smart, hard-working people: be smart and hard-working.


Coworking is a great way to surround yourself with people who don't want to work that hard.


No one will work for your success as much as you will. The rest of the world will compound your efforts, but you're responsible for putting in the principal.


Hiring is the hardest thing about startups. Everyone will tell you it's the hardest thing you'll ever do, and you'll believe them. And you will *still* underestimate just how hard and time-consuming it really is.


You get smart by working hard.


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.


If you want people to do more of something, reward them for it.


Believe whatever you need to believe to do your best work.


Behind every effortless display is a whole lot of effort.


I used to think the best software was built with computers I didn't have access to. I used to think the best painters had access to better paints and brushes. And I used to think the best writers had access to better words. Nope. They just put in the work. And I can too.


Most of the hard work happens in the shadows.


Magic is just hard work with the hard work disguised.


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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