Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia quotes on personal learning / growth

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Growth happens by doing things you are unqualified to do.


Finding a new job is uncomfortable. Starting a company is uncomfortable. Learning a new skill is uncomfortable. Getting healthy is uncomfortable. Growth is uncomfortable.


Learning to write is much more important than learning to code.


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


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."


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.


It takes years to become a great engineer, designer, writer, painter. But it only takes days to become communicative, reliable, and nice to be around — which will put you above 90% of your peers.


Learn to sell. If you're a designer, you sell a lot. If you're an engineer, you sell. If you're a founder, you sell. If you're a VC, a lawyer, a painter, a podcaster, an accountant, a comedian… you sell. Learn to sell!


Things you can improve: - Your attitude - Memory - Discipline - Creativity - Time management - Stamina - Writing ability - Charisma - Happiness Things you can’t: - The past


Growth comes from doing things you don’t want to do.


One learns to write by writing, not by reading. One learns to paint by painting, not by watching. One learns to build by building, not by analyzing.


Growth does not come from doing something you already know how to do. To grow: Be unqualified for the next subject you write about. Be unqualified to paint your next painting. Be unqualified for the next job in your career.


Most people don't need more advice, but more belief in themselves.


If you don't learn how to code, at least learn how to design and build your own website, on your own domain. Anything else on the internet isn't truly yours - it's building a house on rented land and it could be taken away from you at any time.


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.


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.


A school you pay to learn. A good job pays you to learn.


The primary method of learning is trial and error.


Being a founder is great for personal growth, because if you don’t grow your business dies.


Before you learn to code, learn to codify. Codifying means taking the repetitive tasks in your job or life and organizing them in a systemic way. Once you see a pattern you can automate with code, learn to code.


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.


Don’t just exercise, train. Don’t just read, study. Don’t just paint, take visual notes. Exercise is short term and linear. Training compounds over the long term. In ten years, those who train will be in a different league than those who exercise.


In the future we’ll pay teachers, practitioners, and artists directly to learn, gain credibility, and build a network, instead of universities.


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


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


Getting fit is free. Learning virtually any skill is free. Building an audience is free. Free doesn’t mean easy, nor quick. But it does mean anyone can do it.


You can't make what you don't measure. If you want to read more books, lose weight, save money, call your parents more frequently, Start measuring.


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!


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


After interviewing thousands of applicants it seems that the top reasons people decide to leave their jobs are: - they weren't able to have a large impact - they stopped learning/growing


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.


To improve at something, consistently put yourself in an uncomfortable place. Start a startup, train for a marathon, or commit to writing every day. Get comfortable with being uncomfortable.


Reading is easy. Learning is hard. Writing is easy. Thinking is hard. Painting is easy. Observing is hard.


Successful people: - Have an environment that removes the need for willpower. - Seek and implement critical feedback. - Put themselves in uncomfortable situations. - Spend more time as students than teachers.


Growth is outsmarting yourself.


Communicating with humans is much harder than communicating with computers. Learning English is much harder than learning Python. So if you can learn to speak, you can definitely learn to code.


You'll learn more from one launch than a thousand blog posts.


When people ask if they should stay where they are, I tell them: Make sure you're having fun. Make sure you're learning. Make sure you're being paid fairly.


Not sure if people change, or if they progressively discover deeper levels of themselves.


Do something every day for a year and you will be in the top 10% of people in the world for that thing.


Make art that makes you happy. Make art that makes you better. Make art that makes you money. Make art that makes a difference.


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.


To become a better communicator, be more specific: I’ll get it done soon → before lunch. That looks better → faster, simpler. I like it → I like it because...


The only person worth competing against is who you were yesterday.


Growing is stressful.


How to get better: pretend you are better than you are, until you are.


Your adulthood is mostly a result of your childhood.


Teach like you have something to learn.


You can learn more about someone from what they read than what they tweet.


Experience (unfortunately) seems to be the only teacher.

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