Best 178 Quotes & Tweets on Self reflection

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If you want to be rewarded, you have to be irreplaceable. If you want to be irreplaceable, you have to be unique. If you want to be unique, you have to be authentic. If you want to be authentic, stop listening to everyone and everything else. It’s drowning “you” out.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

2

The ability to stay calm during conflict is a superpower.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

A happy person isn’t someone who’s happy all the time. It’s someone who effortlessly interprets events in such a way that they don’t lose their innate peace.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

4

The more seriously you take yourself, the unhappier you’re going to be.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

5

Think for yourself, not of yourself. Think of others, not for others.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

6

Meditation is intermittent fasting for the mind. Too much sugar leads to a heavy body, and too many distractions lead to a heavy mind. Time spent undistracted and alone, in self-examination, journaling, meditation, resolves the unresolved and takes us from mentally fat to fit.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

7

Self-awareness is the most attractive trait.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

8

All self-help boils down to "choose long-term over short-term."

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

9

Being a founder is hard. Being an early employee is hard. Being a VC is hard. Being a politician is hard. Being an engineer is hard. Being a writer is hard. Being a friend is hard. Being a partner is hard. Being a parent is hard. It's all hard. Life is hard, and then you die.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

10

Just like a low resting heart rate is the byproduct of intense exercise, low anxiety is the byproduct of intense self-examination.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Things you control: Your effort. Your beliefs. Your identity. Your actions. Your attitude. Your integrity. Your thoughts. The food you eat. How kind you are. The media you read. How reflective you are. How thoughtful you are. The people you listen to. The type of friend you are.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

12

Don't think you deserve the job? Apply for it anyways. Don't think your article is good enough? Publish it anyways. Don't think they'll reply to your email? Send it anyways. Don't self-reject.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Changing habits: Pick one thing. Cultivate a desire. Visualize it. Plan a sustainable path. Identify needs, triggers, and substitutes. Tell your friends. Track meticulously. Self-discipline is a bridge to a new self-image. Bake in the new self-image. It’s who you are, now.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

14

Behind every successful entrepreneur is a former failed self.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

15

Externally, be humble. Internally, be confident.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

16

Be forgiving with your past self. Be strict with your present self. Be flexible with your future self.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

17

For the last week, I have started each day by writing “What do I want?” at the top of a blank page. It’s surprising how useful it is to keep asking yourself this question. Each time, my answers get more precise. Once I know what I want, I translate the answer into action steps.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

18

Once you’ve truly controlled your own fate, for better or for worse, you’ll never let anyone else tell you what to do.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

19

The most important conversation is the conversation you have with yourself each day.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

20

You are the average of the five stories you tell yourself the most.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

21

Ever notice how the biggest fans of overwork are usually investors or company owners? And the primary victims of this culture are workers? If you’re in the latter group, developing a bit of class consciousness would serve you well.

DHH

DHH

@dhh

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3 things that help habits stick: 1) Repetition. Habits form based on frequency, not time. 2) Stable context. If the context is always changing, so is the behavior. You need a reliable environment. 3) Positive emotions. If it feels good, you’ll want to repeat it.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

23

People keep reading self-help and revisiting the same ideas because that’s precisely what we need: to be reminded. The problem is not that information is unhelpful, but that attention is fleeting. Nobody focuses on one idea every minute of the day. Good books refocus the mind.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

24

If you are the hero in the story of your life, realize that the best books and movies aren’t the longest books and movies.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

25

How to prepare for bad luck: -spend less than you earn -build an emergency fund -get fit before you need to -be the friend you’ll need some day -ask “How could X go wrong?” and plan for failure -build confidence by conquering small challenges when life is easy

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

26

Wisdom is the product of experience and honest reflection.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Exceptional teachers not only understand their topic, but also know why someone might misunderstand it. Great writers, coaches, & leaders know the mistakes their readers, players, & employees are likely to make. You want a master who remembers what it is like to be a beginner.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

28

Reading can teach you the best of what others already know. Reflection can teach you the best of what only you can know.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

29

One version of confidence is: “I’ve got this figured out.” Another version is: “I can figure this out.” The first is arrogant and close-minded. The second is humble and open-minded. Choose the latter. Be humble about what you know, but confident about what you can learn.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

30

The mind that asks a lot of questions is self-correcting.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

31

If you don’t like reading, you’re reading the wrong books.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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The fact that you go to the gym even though you don’t “need” to... is why you don’t need to. The fact that you save when you could spend... is why you have money to spend. Your habits create your strength.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

33

Never be so busy comparing what you have that you forget how fortunate you are to have it.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

34

There are two ways to live a longer life: 1) Biologically. Extend the timeline between your birth and your death. 2) Psychologically. Fit more lives into whatever time you are given. Make each decade a rich life and you can live a handful of them before you are done.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

35

Life gets easier when you don’t blame other people and focus on what you can control.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

36

People who try to look smart by pointing out obvious exceptions actually signal the opposite.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

37

Someone once suggested that I occasionally ask myself, “What am I really trying to achieve here?” Whenever I remember to do it, I find the question generates useful answers.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

38

Creative ideas happen when you stop thinking about what others will think.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

39

What kills your dreams isn't a lack of competence, but rather confidence. Confidence comes from how you talk to yourself.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

40

Creativity arises behind the conscious mind.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

41

Work hard. If results depend on effort, then you will carry yourself far. If results depend on effort and luck, then you will be focused on the area you can influence. If results depend on luck alone, then the outcome is random, but you will have won the battle with yourself.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

42

The most important things in life are measured internally. You have an inner scoreboard. Playing to someone else’s scoreboard is easy. But when you look up at the end after winning, you’ll feel empty as you discover you won the wrong game. You get one life. Play your own game.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

43

The stronger your current beliefs, the weaker your future insights. The hand that clings to an old friend cannot embrace a new one.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

44

Young children are at their most mesmerizing when they aren’t self-conscious at all.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

45

It’s not who you think you are or who you want to be. You are what you do consistently.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

46

You know you're good at something when you switch from making decisions with your conscious mind to making decisions with your instincts.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

47

The more time you spend complaining about what you deserve, the less time you have to focus on what you can earn. Focus on what you can control.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

48

Observe the world as it is—do not demand it to be a certain way—and you will have a chance of seeing the truth.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

49

To achieve success, you must be willing to take risks. To take risks, you must be willing to be vulnerable. Therefore: To achieve success, you must be willing to be vulnerable.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

50

I keep seeing myself in my mind’s eye, but then I remember - no one is watching. There is nothing “out” there.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval