Best 430 Quotes & Tweets on Systems thinking

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1

The only real test of intelligence is if you get what you want out of life.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

2

Writing a business plan is easy. Getting people excited about it is easier. Adapting the plan to the real world and getting results is hard

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban

@mcuban

3

Lasting novels don’t come from literature departments. Successful businesses don’t come from business schools. Scientific revolutions don’t come from research universities. Get your education, then get moving. Find the loners tinkering at the edge.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

4

New goals don't deliver new results. New lifestyles do. And a lifestyle is a process, not an outcome. For this reason, all of your energy should go into building better habits, not chasing better results.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

5

The biggest advantage of working remotely is that you no longer have to pretend to work 60 hours a week.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

6

Best way to learn faster: Have a stake in the outcome. To learn about food, cook for friends. To learn about an idea, publish an article about it. To learn about stocks, invest in the stock market. Risk awakens our learning muscles like a splash of cold water.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

7

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

8

Everyone has good intentions. Everyone believes they’re doing it for someone or something else. The only true measures are actions and results.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

9

Persistent, non-specific anxiety is the result of wanting so much, talking so much, and doing so much that you lose touch with the quiet joys of solitude.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

10

Your actions are a consequence of your thoughts. Your thoughts are a consequence of what you consume. And in the modern age, what you consume is largely a consequence of how you select and refine your social media feed. Choose better inputs. Get better outputs.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

11

All systems insulated from feedback from free markets or natural forces eventually get corrupted.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

12

Living a life of integrity pays off, but it takes a very long time.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

13

The optimal zone for performance is “slightly hungry.”

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

14

The 3 Levels of Employees: Level 1 — You do what you are asked to do. Level 2 — Level 1 + You think ahead and solve problems before they happen. Level 3 — Level 2 + You proactively look for areas of opportunity and growth in the business, and figure out how to tap into them.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

15

The most powerful force in the universe is compounded attention. Anyone can focus on meaningful actions every now and then, but hammering away on what matters day after day is what delivers exceptional results. What you focus on becomes your life.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Your outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits. Your net worth is a lagging measure of your financial habits. Your weight is a lagging measure of your eating habits. Your knowledge is a lagging measure of your learning habits. You get what you repeat.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

17

To maximize distribution, minimize the message. • Books - blog posts • Podcasts - snippets • Blog posts - tweetstorms • Use stand-alone tweets in tweetstorms • Tweet sparingly - high signal, low noise Readers have options - respect their time.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

18

As best I can tell, to achieve exceptional results you need 4 things: (1) Quantity: You take lots of shots. (2) Quality: You take thoughtful shots. (3) Consistency: You keep shooting for a long time. (4) Luck: You get a few favorable bounces.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

19

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.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

20

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

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

21

Your current habits are perfectly designed to deliver your current results.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

22

Writing is the process by which you realize that you do not understand what you are talking about.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

23

Anticipate, but don’t expect. Anticipation: You’re excited for what the future holds, but you don’t try to control it. Expectation: You try to predict the future and restrict your happiness to one outcome. Always be excited about the possibilities. Never be entitled to them.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

24

If you... 1) develop a bias for moving fast 2) consistently ask, “What’s the real goal here and is there a better way to accomplish it?” ... you can accomplish a lot in one life.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

25

Things that matter that aren't taught in school + Outcomes over ego (change your mind, don't take things personally, etc) + If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. + seek wealth (assets that earn) + Not all leverage is financial

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

26

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

27

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

28

We want solutions, but what we really need are attitudes. You don't need abs, but rather an attitude of training. You don't need the answer, but rather an attitude of curiosity. You don't need an easier life, but rather an attitude of perseverance. Attitude precedes outcome.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

29

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

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

30

In the startup olympics, first place gets a monopoly, second place gets a medal, and there is no third place.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

31

Don’t write to sound smart. Write to be useful. If you’re useful over a long time period, you will end up looking smart anyway.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

32

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

33

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

34

Whenever there is a gap between your habits and your goals, your habits will always win.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

35

If you're intellectually honest and advocate for a system that controls people, turn over the keys to your enemies for a dry run.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

36

The work of reading: 1. Read a book while highlighting heavily. 2. Distill highlights into core insights, written in your own words. 3. Put into a searchable format. 4. Review regularly.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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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

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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

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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

40

Leadership is: 1) Getting results 2) Making people feel good 3) Connecting each person to a bigger mission The good leaders do one. The great leaders do two. The best leaders do all three.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

41

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

42

Any discipline or institution whose output is to tell people how to think and behave eventually gets co-opted and corrupted. Only disciplines and institutions whose output tells us how to manipulate nature, tools, and systems can stay objective.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

43

What you do on your ordinary days determines what you can achieve on your extraordinary days.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

44

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

45

New goals don't deliver new results. New lifestyles do. And a lifestyle is not an outcome, it is a process. For this reason, all of your energy should go into building better rituals, not chasing better results.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

46

The climb to the top is better than the view from the peak. It’s progress, not perfection, that we really crave.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

47

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.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

48

One sign you’re successful: Other people’s accomplishments bring you joy

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

49

In many cases, the bottleneck to achieving results is simply making the time to do the work.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

50

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

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear