Sahil Lavingia

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Everyone loves remote work until they realize 7 billion people will soon be competing for the job they have.


The best jobs aren't publicly listed. You have to dig for them, invent them, or convince someone it's worth creating just for you.


A CEO’s first job is to get the company capitalized. A CEO’s second job is to recruit a team. A CEO’s third job is to provide them with clarity so they can solve their customers' problems. A CEO’s fourth job is to get out of the way until one of the above is no longer true.


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.


The future of work is not working.


Work on something you’d be proud of even if it failed.


When a CEO says they work 60+ hours a week, it often includes a lot of email, Ubers to meetings, meetings, travel, phone calls, and more. I don't think designers, engineers, and many other roles could stare at a computer for 60 hours a week for a sustained period of time.


Old status symbol: wearing a suit to work New status symbol: wearing jeans and a t-shirt Old status symbol: working 80 hours a week New status symbol: sleeping 8 hours a day Humans are mimetic. Updating our status symbols may be the best way to create sustained systemic change.


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.


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


If something's been on your to-do list for way too long, just remove it. It's not that important.


I don’t believe the future of work is remote. I believe 𝘢 future of work is remote. The future of work is choice.


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.


The future of remote work is flexible, asynchronous work.


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


We’ve made an incredible innovation in hiring: Pay someone to do the work they would be doing if they get the job. If they are able to do it, they get the job.


Chaos Monkey your organization. Get rid of all meetings, deadlines, and goals. Let everyone work on whatever they want. See what happens.


"Make something people want" includes making a company people want to work for.


Loving what you do is a superpower. You'll work longer, harder, think about the problems in contexts that will give you a new perspective, bring it up to people all the time who'll do the same, and the passion is contagious to prospective candidates, investors, and customers.


Someone's favorite book has yet to be written. Someone's favorite painting has yet to be painted. Someone's favorite movie has yet to be made. It could be yours.


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


Remote work makes apparent the work you love to do and the work you don't.


Automation will create far more jobs than it will replace.


Don't hire someone who needs to hire someone to do their job.


There is a new focus on remote work, but I think it's just a stepping stone towards something much more interesting: flexible work. Step one: Work wherever you want Step two: Work as little or as much as you want


All work is remote, it’s just a question of how remote. All communication is asynchronous, it’s just a question of how delayed. All companies raise money, it’s just a question of who they raise money from: owners, investors, or customers.


Too many people focus on how good they are (or aren't) instead of how fast they are improving. I'd much rather hire someone who is growing exponentially than someone who has plateaued. The latter might be a great employee for a long time, the former will replace me.


Things we used to look for in candidates: - How familiar they were with our product/company/mission - How hard they were willing to work - Whether they were a “culture fit” Now, none of those things: If you’re able and willing to do the work, we’ll hire you.


Remote work happened slowly, then all at once.


Some people are scared of being replaced. Others actively work to replace themselves.


There are times when you should write, work, build, draw every spare second. And there are times when doing nothing is the most productive thing you can do.


If you love what you do, other people will too.


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


Businesses were invented to work for us, not the other way around.


Working from home has made me more extroverted.


Always have a work in progress. It's much easier to absorb and retain advice when you have something to apply it to.


The present of work is remote.


A side effect of remote work is that it minimizes the implicitly competitive nature of startups: You no longer compete with each other to hire the same few people. You no longer compete for the same real estate, driving prices up. Going more remote means less frenemies.


The number one reason companies are embracing remote work is to cut costs. Prediction: while remote work is sexy today, the zeitgeist will flip.


Most of the hard work happens in the shadows.


Make your work easy to find and opportunities will find you. Employers, clients, investors, cofounders, partners, colleagues, collaborators, projects, and more.


Work on something long enough and it will start telling you what it needs. At that point it becomes more like steering a ship rather than paddling for dear life.


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.


If you work 16 hours a day, sleep the other 8.

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