Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia quotes on intelligence

Founder Gumroad, funder @ shl.vc

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Most CEOs are CEOs because they started the businesses they run - not because they are abnormally smart or qualified. Often they’re the least qualified people in the company, since they’re the only ones who didn’t go through an interview process.

2

Write like your audience is smart and busy.

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Best way to learn is to be the dumbest person in the room. Best way to guarantee you'll be the dumbest person in the room is to start a company.

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Don't write because you're smart. Write because you're stupid and have something to learn.

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

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Experiences that make you feel dumb make you smart.

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If you’re going to spend time disagreeing, disagree with smart people you respect about topics you really care about.

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Startups should be scary, not dangerous. Scary: pivoting, getting critical feedback, managing people smarter than yourself Dangerous: raking up credit card debt, sacrificing your health and wellbeing

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Smart people ask stupid questions.

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Being funny is harder than being smart.

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Writing online isn’t about proving how smart you are, it’s about: - showing others how much time you’ve spent to grok a particular topic - saving them time and mistakes Anyone can do it.

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You get smart by working hard.

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Stupid people credit being smart. Smart people credit being lucky.

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If you tweet dumb things the smart things will seem smarter.

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There’s no objective way to measure “smartness” yet it’s often the first thing we use when describing someone.

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