Best 109 Quotes & Tweets on Strategy

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A strategy for thinking clearly: Rather than trying to be right, assume you are wrong and try to be less wrong. Trying to be right has a tendency to devolve into protecting your beliefs. Trying to be less wrong has a tendency to prompt more questions and intellectual humility.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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There are 3 primary drivers of results in life: 1) Your luck (randomness). 2) Your strategy (choices). 3) Your actions (habits). Only 2 of the 3 are under your control. But if you master those 2, you can improve the odds that luck will work for you rather than against you.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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A simple strategy that will save you so many headaches: don't care about winning trivial arguments. Someone says something you don't agree with? Smile, nod, and move on to more important things. Life is short. Not caring about having the last word will save you so much time.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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It’s common to have vision; it’s rare to have plans.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

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Without hard work, a great strategy remains a dream. Without a great strategy, hard work becomes a nightmare.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Before you begin, think as if you are a lazy person. Assume the competition will work harder. Your only chance is a better strategy. After you begin, work as if you are a dumb person. Assume the competition is smarter and more talented. Your only chance is to outwork them.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Focus on your daily results and you’ll often make poor long-term choices. Focus on your daily choices and you’ll almost certainly enjoy good long-term results.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Vision is the bottleneck of talent. Most talent is wasted because people do not clearly know what they want. It’s not a lack of effort, but a lack of direction. There are many capable people in the world, but relatively few that focus on what matters.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The most overlooked and underappreciated growth strategy is patience. (More specifically, consistently producing great work over a long time horizon.)

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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You don’t have to quit your job to start a startup. You don’t have to move to SF to start a startup. You don’t have to raise money to start a startup. If you start when/how you can, you will be pulled in the right direction.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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As a CEO, your job is actually to do nothing. CEOs who actually perform duties within their companies are failing. Your job is to set strategy and culture, delegate, and incentivize. Same goes for executives. You are just more focused mini-CEOs, who report up.

Andrew Wilkinson

Andrew Wilkinson

@awilkinson

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A goal is a desired outcome. A strategy is a desired outcome combined with a plan for achieving it. Create strategies, not goals.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Success is never due to one thing, but failure can be. Sleeping well won’t make you successful, but not sleeping enough will hold you back. Hard work is rarely enough without good strategy, but even the best strategy is useless without hard work. Necessary, but not sufficient.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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If you haven’t started, then taking action is more important than finding the best strategy. If you’re already taking action, then ensuring you’re working on the right thing is more important than working harder. Your effort sets your floor. Your strategy sets your ceiling.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Books for mindset. Quiet time to think for strategy. Conversations with successful peers for tactics.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Hard work is not always something you can see. It is not always physical effort. In fact, the most powerful form of hard work is thinking clearly. Designing a winning strategy may not look very active, but make no mistake: it is very hard work. Strategy often beats sweat.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Problem solving strategy: If you’re stuck, shift up a level or two (think bigger picture) or down a level or two (think finer details). Many problems are solvable at a different level. Note: Works for strategy too. You’ll often find a better opportunity at a different level.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Results = (Hard Work*Time)^Strategy Working hard is important, but working on the right thing is more important. A great strategy can deliver exponential results. Of course, the best strategy is worth nothing if you never get to work. Zero to the millionth power is still zero.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Chess masters know that to win you have to avoid losing. The first thing they do after an opponent make a moves isn’t to think about strategy or winning but rather to ask them self: what’s the threat? Avoid stupidity before seeking brilliance.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Hard work is the engine. Strategy is the GPS. It’s difficult to get anywhere without hard work. If the engine stops running, progress stalls. But you’ll waste a lot of gas without a good strategy. It’s easier to make progress when you’re following the optimal path.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Intellectuals are more likely to fail because they deliberate too much. Good judgment is wasted when it never turns into action. Trailblazers are more likely to fail because they deliberate too little. Effort is wasted by rushing into work before identifying what matters most.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Something undesirable happened? Make the best move under the current circumstances rather than wishing to return to the previous circumstances. “Next Play” mentality.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Every choice you make is a step toward or away from the person you want to become. No single choice will get you where you want to go. Only repeated steps over time in the same direction will move you forward.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Innovators are T-shaped. They are experts in a narrow field. But they also have a big intellectual toolbox, which offers new entry points and lines of attack for solving problems. Read widely. As the saying goes, "Know something about everything and everything about something."

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Effort is bounded. You are limited by internal resources like time, energy, and attention. Strategy is unbounded. There is essentially no limit on how far an exceptional strategy can scale. Invest your bounded effort into unbounded strategies.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Success is often a matter of luck and randomness, but it can be encouraged by effort and strategy.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

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--- FS Principles --- 1. Direction over speed 2. Live deliberately 3. Thoughtful opinions held loosely 4. Principles outlive tactics 5. Own your actions

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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The optimal strategy might be executing a suboptimal plan at a fast pace. Strategy evolves as lessons are learned—and the person who moves faster, learns faster. Learning is a marathon and perfection is a weighted vest.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Giving your best effort does not mean simply working harder at what you were already doing. It can mean that, but it often means searching harder for a better way to do things. Giving your best effort involves execution and strategy.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Showing up and working hard will always be the cost of entry. But when everyone else also works hard, your strategy is what makes the difference.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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A thought on strategy for work and life: Look for opportunities where you don’t have to be an outlier to succeed. (Then work as hard as you can to be the outlier.)

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The odds of success increase if: -you get more shots on goal -there is more than one way success can occur -there is a long time frame in which things can go right -you pursue a subset of strategies where the typical performance is better than the overall average.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Visible talent is the result of years of effort applied in the same direction. It looks sexy at the outcome level, but it’s incredibly boring at the micro level.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Be thankful for your failures. They reveal the winning strategies.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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As a general rule, the optimal strategy is to treat people as friends and attempt to win together rather than to treat people as enemies and attempt to win on your own.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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You should be more willing to believe strategies are good if they can be explained briefly.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

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Outcome over ego. Correctness over consensus. Direction over speed.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Where you apply your effort matters more than how much effort you apply. You might be able to work 10% harder, but working on the right thing can deliver 100x results. Unfortunately, most days we are too busy working on the next thing to ask if we are working on the best thing.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The question “why do you want this job?” is also a sales tactic. The candidate will be forced to articulate good reasons out of politeness - and the desire for internal consistency will make them believe these reasons.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Efficiency is speed. Effectiveness is direction. You need both to avoid going in circles.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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The weakest marketing strategy: Try to please everyone.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

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The best people need direction, not hierarchy; trust, not bureaucracy; and freedom, not excessive controls. These tools turn your great people into good ones so your less than average ones become average.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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You don't control your initial trajectory in life (country of birth, parents, diet, initial education, etc.) but—for the vast majority of people—at some point, you take control of your own trajectory (you can educate yourself, etc).

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Most product strategy comes down to saying no.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

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Move toward the next thing, not away from the last thing. Same direction. Completely different energy.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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While you have a default narrative, ultimately you decide the story you tell yourself about an experience. That story changes the future. Most of the time our narrative comes from the way we want to see the world, not the way it is. Change the narrative. Change the path.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Marketing strategy ≠ tactics Tactics are inputs. They’ll vary in effectiveness and should evolve as needed. The strategy is your guiding light. It’s the *why* behind the *what.* The problem? Many teams don’t take time to design a strategy. They just start doing shit.

Katelyn Bourgoin

Katelyn Bourgoin

@KateBour

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Three word content strategy: Document your evolution.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

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In the short-run, great managers, coaches, and leaders adjust their strategy to fit their players. In the long-run, great managers, coaches, and leaders recruit players to fit their strategy.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear