Sam Altman

Sam Altman quotes on career advice

American entrepreneur, investor, programmer, and blogger. Former president of Y Combinator.

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Most careers turn into sales jobs when you get senior enough.

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The home run theory of careers: What matters is eventually hitting a home run, and the way to do that is training hard and a lot of at-bats. You only have to be right once, and it's ok to be wrong a lot of times. Be bold. Move fast. Work hard. Ignore haters. Keep swinging.

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Generally the highest ROI comes from getting even better in areas where you're already strong, not improving in areas where you're weak. There are important exceptions, but most people focus on their weaknesses too much.

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Treat everyone you work with like a peer, and you’ll usually be surprised on the upside.

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If you consistently do something today instead of scheduling a meeting for next week, your career is likely to be far more impactful than most.

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If someone's assessment of their own ability is wildly higher than their actual ability, aggressively avoid working with them.

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Choose your colleagues carefully; you will end up caring what they care about.

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Make your identity about your strengths, not your weaknesses.

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