Best 356 Quotes & Tweets on Success

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1

If you are successful, it’s almost always because some people went out of their way to help you. You have a moral obligation to pay it forward.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

2

Imagine how effective you would be if you weren’t anxious all the time.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

Your 1st blog post will be bad, but your 1000th will be great. Your 1st workout will be weak, but your 1000th will be strong. Your 1st meditation will be scattered, but your 1000th will be focused. Put in your reps.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

4

Entrepreneur’s mind. Athlete’s body. Artist’s soul.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

5

Having the self-belief that you will be able to figure things out as you go along is critical to success at anything hard. Get started and trust yourself. No one has all the answers at the beginning.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

6

Sometimes success is 3% brains and 97% not getting distracted by the internet.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

7

In physical domains (diet, workouts), consistency is king. In intellectual and social domains, wins are rare, sudden, and nonlinear - 99% of effort is “wasted.” Once we find our ideal spouse, career, friends, we realize how much time we squandered by not moving on sooner.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

8

Success is largely the failures you avoid. Health is the injuries you don't sustain. Wealth is the purchases you don't make. Happiness is the objects you don't desire. Peace of mind is the arguments you don't engage. Avoid the bad to protect the good.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

9

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.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

10

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

11

Work with people you want to become like, because you'll become like whoever you work with.

Paul Graham

Paul Graham

@paulg

12

Behind every successful entrepreneur is a former failed self.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

13

Let yourself occasionally get a little screwed in exchange for not having to live with your guard up all the time. It’s worth it.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

14

The success you see others experiencing is rarely as sexy as it appears to be.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

15

Success is the enemy of learning. It can deprive you of the time and the incentive to start over. Beginner’s mind also needs beginner’s time.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

16

You don’t become interesting by copying interesting people. You become interesting by following your own interests, going deeper down the rabbit hole than anyone else, and surfacing something new for the rest of us.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

17

How things get done in the world: Relentless focus Self-confidence Personal connections Effective leadership (communication, management, vision, and evangelism)

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

18

Optimists thrive but pessimists survive.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

19

Actual habits of successful people: • Wake up when their body tells them to • Read stuff that interests them • Exercise when it best fits into their schedule • Drink coffee if they like coffee • Sometimes eat unhealthy food • Tell the people they love that they love them

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

20

Your success depends on the risks you take. Your survival depends on the risks you avoid.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

21

Things that reduce the odds of long-term success: + Saying yes to too many things. + Making excuses. + Staying up late. + Eating poorly. + Checking email first thing in the AM. + Working more to fix being busy. + Buying things you don't have the money for.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

22

When dreaming, imagine success. When preparing, imagine failure. When acting, imagine success.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

23

Sources of personal competitive advantage: - delayed gratification - capital - network (who you know) - unique skills or combinations - platform - ability to suffer - family / home life - speed - ability to change your mind - ability to learn/adapt

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

24

You can be happy with who you are and still want to be better. You can love your body and still want to improve it. You can appreciate your financial state and still want to improve it. Progress doesn’t require self-loathing. You can feel successful along the way.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

25

Systems are for people who care about winning repeatedly. Goals are for people who care about winning once.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

26

A 5-step process for nearly anything: (1) Explore widely. Find out what is possible. (2) Test cheaply. Run small, quick experiments. Sample things. (3) Edit ruthlessly. Focus on the best. Cut everything else. (4) Repeat what works. Don't quit on a good idea. (5) Return to 1.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

27

The best startups solve a problem no one even knew they had.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

28

Best predictor of success: Innate ability to allocate time properly.

Keith Rabois

Keith Rabois

@rabois

29

Annual goals are hard. Try monthly ones! Not so daunting and 12x the feeling of accomplishment. Amazing what you can get done in 12 small pieces.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

30

Formula for startup success: Find large highly fragmented industry w low NPS; vertically integrate a solution to simplify value product.

Keith Rabois

Keith Rabois

@rabois

31

The secret to winning is learning how to lose. That is, learning to bounce back from failure and disappointment—undeterred—and continuing to steadily march toward your potential. Your response to failure determines your capacity for success.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

32

Optimize for tomorrow—as in, literally, one day from now. Save to be a little richer tomorrow. Exercise to be a little fitter tomorrow. Read to be a little smarter tomorrow. 1% better every day.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

33

How to handle rejection: -Learn from the experience -Keep your ego in check -Say thank you -Try again How to handle success: -Learn from the experience -Keep your ego in check -Say thank you -Try again

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

34

Persistence is paramount on the long road to product-market fit. Partners disappoint. Customers delay. Growth stalls. Passions fade. Loyalty to each other gets the team to the other side.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

35

Run toward the next thing, not away from the last thing.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

36

Top skill for entrepreneurs: Being great at ignoring what everyone else is doing.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

37

The fastest way to raise your level of performance: Cut your number of commitments in half.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

38

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

39

Successful outcomes are built up through good choices over time. A profitable business is never a choice, it is a series of choices. A fit body is never a choice, it is a series of choices. A strong relationship is never a choice, it is a series of choices.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

40

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

41

Asking what makes someone successful is like asking which ingredient makes a recipe taste good. It’s not any single ingredient. It is the combination of many ingredients in the right proportions and in the right order—and the absence of anything that would ruin the mixture.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

42

We are living in the golden age of art, and it’s only going to get better. But we are desensitized by familiarity and overwhelmed by choice.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

43

In SF I learned: the best VCs don’t really know what’s going to take off. In LA I learned: the best producers don’t really know what’s going to be a hit. Don’t chase success. Create what you think should exist. No one knows until everyone knows–and by then it’s too late.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

44

Startup vanity: Valuation, Press, Funding, # of Employees, Offices, Meetings w/ famous people, Meeting to give lots of advice Success: Revenue, Users, Word of mouth, Retention, Servers on fire, Emails asking for features, Meetings w/ users

Suhail Doshi

Suhail Doshi

@Suhail

45

When reading books or listening to podcasts or taking advice, remember that everyone is biased to their personal history. The world is complex and there is no single path to a success. Look for patterns that are repeated across many successful people, not single stories.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

46

Successful people are just unsuccessful people who know how to recover from mistakes.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

47

In the long-run, the people who succeed are the ones who want to live the lifestyle that precedes the results. Stop asking, "What results do I want to have?" Start asking, "What lifestyle do I want to live?" It's common to want results. It's rare to want the lifestyle.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

48

If you're focused on the outcome, you're not focused on the process. Sustained success comes from a fanatical focus on process. You don't need to be perfect, just better than yesterday.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

49

Why focus on the process when the world is outcome driven? Don’t results matter? Yes, results do matter. But if you optimize for the outcome, you win one time. If you optimize for a process that leads to great outcomes, you can win again and again.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

50

If you want exponential returns ... replace the need to be proven right with the need to achieve the best outcome possible.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish