Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia quotes on networking

Founder Gumroad, funder @ shl.vc

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Stop networking, start making friends.

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Long-term, cities like San Francisco will resemble colleges. People will spend 4-10 years to learn, gain credibility, and build a network. Then they'll leave and settle elsewhere, making space for the next "class."

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The fastest way to become exceptional is to work with exceptional people. If you want to be a great engineer, work at a company with great engineers. Want to start a company? Work for an early-stage startup with extraordinary founders. Watch them work, and learn by osmosis.

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Don’t sell, educate. Don’t network, make friends. Don’t try to grow your audience, create value for your existing audience.

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A better way to “network:” Send more cold emails. Don’t ask for anything. Express gratitude for their work. Never expect something in return. Do this for years.

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You can learn basically anything for free. The things you should pay for: feedback/mentorship, access to a network, a forcing function to be disciplined.

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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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Your work can network faster than you can.

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You get better at writing one word at a time. You build your network one relationship at a time. You build your business one sale at a time. This never changes.

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Reach out. You never know.

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How to meet your favorite writers: become one of their favorite writers. How to meet your favorite founders: become one of their favorite founders. How to meet the people who inspire you: inspire them.

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Communities and networks are not the same. In a community, everyone sees everything. This means every newcomer has a chance of being noticed. In a network, users and algorithms determine what gets seen. Which means that large voices are amplified while newcomers are quietened.

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The best opportunities are waiting just outside the scope of your imagination. How to make them come to you: Be very competent at a hard skill Participate in the relevant community Use your real, human identity Have a portfolio of your work Have a strong point of view

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The best way to make it past the gatekeepers in your industry is to earn the trust of someone who already has. It only takes one.

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People only recognize the luck they’re able to respond to. If you’re more prepared, better networked, and have optionality - you will be more lucky.

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