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The biggest generator of long term results is learning to do things when you don't feel like doing them. If you let excuses or emotion drive behavior, you're cheating yourself. Put aside the excuses and start doing what you need to do.


You get paid linearly for analyzing and solving problems. You get paid non-linearly for spotting and siezing opportunities.


Invest the best hours of your day on the biggest opportunity, not the biggest problem.


I meet a lot of people searching for something (career, relationship, etc). And yet, when it’s put in front of them, they won’t pursue it because they fear pain (getting hurt, failure, etc.). So they unconsciously (and expensively) trade self protection for misery.


No over yes. Hard over easy. Outcome over ego. Simple over complex. Listen over speaking. Doing over criticizing. Effective over efficient. Long term over short term. Avoiding stupidity over seeking brilliance.


The 80/20 rule for meaningful accomplishment: Spend 20 percent of your time exploring broadly and 80 percent of your time relentlessly digging in.


If a decision is reversible, make it as soon as possible. If a decision is irreversible, make it as late as possible. When the stakes are low, inaction hurts you. When the stakes are high, speed can kill you.


You can't buy wisdom. You have to earn it. A conversation, tweet, or book isn't going to make you smarter. What makes you smarter is the lonely work of chewing on it, digesting it, and making it yours.


Trying and struggling looks like incompetence right up until the moment it looks like success.


Think like an optimist. Prepare like a pessimist.


99.99 percent of the time waiting for the right moment to do something hard is how you rationalize not doing that hard thing you know you needs to be done. There is no perfect moment. All we have is now. Stop waiting.


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


You get one life. Do it all. Don’t leave anything in reserve.


You get paid linearly for doing what everyone else is doing. You get paid non-linearly for correct divergence from the crowd.


You are your actions, not your words. If you really wanted to do that amazing/hard thing you tell everyone you're going to do, you'd be doing, not talking. Jump in the trenches and start doing what you talk about or stop lying to yourself.


Doing what everyone else thinks you should do is almost always a sure path to average.


You don't need to be twice as good to get twice the results. You need to be slightly better and let it compound over time. The world will do the rest of the work for you.


If you wait until you are certain of the outcome, you won't accomplish much of anything.


The best way to reduce fear is action. Often we talk ourselves out of something because we're scared. We're scared of failing. We're scared of the unknown. The longer we delay, the greater the fear. The imperfect first step shows we suffer more in our mind than in reality.


It's better to start something and risk looking like an idiot than sit there and accomplish nothing.


You automatically fail if you don’t try.


If you want to preform when the world is watching, you have to do the work when no one is watching.


Effective people do things ineffective people don’t like to do. A large part of the separation between effective and not is the willingness to do obvious things nobody wants to do.


The most effective people have filtering mechanisms that allow them to quickly sift through the noise and zero in on what matters.


How well you play the game is determined by how you play the cards you were dealt, not the hand you got.


So much advantage in life comes from be willing to look like an idiot in moment. Three immediate ways this applies: 1. Saying you don't know vs. pretending you do. 2. Doing something different than everyone else. 3. Admitting you made a mistake and correcting.


Action builds resilience. Inaction stokes fear.


Showing up is the first step. Every. Single. Day.


Your identity needs to come from who you are, not what you do. Titles can be taken from you, but who you are can’t.


You are your actions, not what you say you’ll do.


If you don't challenge yourself, you won't fail. If never fail you'll lack the knowledge and motivation to deliver when it matters most. If you're not occasionally getting your ass kicked, you're not pushing hard enough.


One of the biggest things that keeps us from achieving better outcomes: We'd rather not get help than let other people know we might need help.


Don't speak about what you've done in the past. Don't speak about what you're going to do in the future. Only speak about what you're doing now.


Get better daily. Don't try to get it all done in a day.


Anyone can make something complex, but only someone who really understands can make it correct and simple.


What appears to others as luck is often only possible with intentional design and discipline.


Your environment is the key to your subconscious. People who appear to have better than average self-control, typically operate in environments that don't require them to exercise much self-control.


Excitement starts something. Execution completes it. Excitement feels good. Action is good.


People who say “I was going to but” tend to have worse outcomes than people who say “I was going to and I didn’t because.” The former is passive and it makes it seem like you had no control, like the world is acting on you. The latter is active: you made a choice.


If you're a specialist the only thing you can really do is optimize. This also makes you fragile to a (rapidly) changing environment.


We spend far more time doing what's easy than doing what's right.


Anyone can do something once. One time success is largely based on what you know (and luck). Repeated success, however, is less about what you know and more about how you respond to what you don't know.


Never agree to anything on the spot from someone you don't know.


If you do the same thing as everyone else, you can expect the same results as everyone else.


Spend less time passively consuming and more actively doing. Think. Do. Repeat.


You choose who you are with your actions each day.


Surprise is the beginning of opportunity. When something doesn't make sense, it means your model of how things work is wrong. Instead of dismissing what doesn't make sense, dive in.


When something bad happens, it’s easy to blame something or someone. But this approach is counterproductive and absolves you, makes you lazy, and consumes energy. A better approach is to assume it’s your fault and deal with it.


Most people would rather sit around the table drinking and say I could have done X than give up those nights working on uncertain success.


Find someone who makes reality better than dreams and do your best to deserve them.

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