Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia quotes on starting a company

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Things you don't have to do to start a company: - Quit your job - Learn to code - Write a business plan - Raise money - Hire employees Things you have to do: Start.

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

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Don't start a company because you want to be your own boss. You'll have more bosses than ever before: your board, investors, employees, customers, and more!

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Investing in the stock market can turn $10,000 into $100,000. Investing in starting your own business can turn $1,000 into $1,000,000.

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

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You don’t have to quit your job to start a startup. You don’t have to move to SF to start a startup. You don’t have to raise money to start a startup. If you start when/how you can, you will be pulled in the right direction.

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Something I wish everyone knew: the bar's not as high as you think. You can get that job, meet that person, start that company. But because you think the bar's so high, you won't even try. Which is what makes the bar so low!

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Start a company to automate your job. Your first customer can be your current employer.

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Before you can build a business that helps people, you must become a person who helps people.

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Some of the most successful startups were started because the founders couldn’t get jobs.

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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.

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If you don’t own capital in a capitalist economy, you are the capital. Things you can own: - your own business - equity in someone else’s - shares in a public company - IP: words, stories, characters - real estate, land What will you own?

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You will discover the business you should build when you start to build the business you thought you should build.

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You can launch yourself into the center of your favorite industry with a year's worth of deep research and a month spent writing one really great post.

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More people should start companies.

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Things that take longer than you expect: - Building a company - Writing a book - Taking a roadtrip - Saving money Things that take less time than you expect:

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Start a company because you need it to solve a problem. Don't search for a problem because you want to start a company.

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The right employer for you may not exist. You may have to build it for yourself and others like you.

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Founding a startup is like putting all of your eggs in one basket, and then throwing that basket off a cliff.

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Building a company is incredibly hard. If you don’t know you don’t know.

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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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Starting a business is self-care.

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If you want to make lots of money, don't start a company. Just learn to code, work at Google, and retire with $20M.

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It takes building a business to learn how to build a business.

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Make a product people love, and make it super easy for them to delete their accounts. Build a company people want to work for, and make it super easy for them to leave. Anything else delays the inevitable.

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

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Very few people want to start a company. If you're thinking about giving it a shot, you probably should. There's no better way to build wealth and acquire knowledge – and you can always go back to being a very valuable employee armed with your experiences if it doesn't work out.

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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.

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Starting a company is a great way to train your fight-or-flight response.

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Once upon a time there was someone who was waiting for the perfect moment to start a company. Rumor has it, they're still waiting...

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It takes a village to raise a child; it takes a community to build a business.

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Everyone should start a company.

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Consider starting a business.

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If you're a writer, you're the CEO of your own business. If you're a painter, you're the CEO of your own business. If you're a musician, you're the CEO of your own business. Today, being great at business will get you farther than being a great artist.

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If you don't think you're ready to start a company, don't worry, no one is.

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It’s not too late to get started. There are still a hundred times more problems than there are businesses solving them. And the best businesses have yet to be built.

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Starting a company to make lots of money is like becoming religious to go to Heaven.

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Start a company to make a multi-decade point.

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Start by contributing: - Add your take to a thread - Write fan fiction - Help someone build their company Then contribute by starting: - Start conversations - Write a novel - Start your own company

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If building a business is scary, build an app. If building an app is scary, build a toy.

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What's the difference between a startup and a business? Nothing. Call your company whatever makes you more excited about building it.

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