Sam Altman

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

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long-term thinking is a competitive advantage because almost no one does it


Learn to say yes when an amazing opportunity presents itself, even if you're not 100% sure how to do it. You can learn along the way.


Make your identity about your strengths, not your weaknesses.


One of the worst lies the world tells you: "You have to be patient and pay your dues". Not true. Always strive for better now.


Even fewer people are willing/able to actually execute on plans. People who have a bold vision, specific plans, and execution ability can make magic happen.


The best founders are always very responsive. I used to wonder why. It indicates decisiveness, focus, intensity, ability to get stuff done.


The least effective people always seem to care the most about credentials.


Good founders are experts in one area. Great founders are generalists.


People fall into the camp of talkers or doers. Learning to quickly differentiate is an important key to success.


The mental distraction of worry and indecision is so bad. The most effective people I know are great at avoiding.

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