Best 38 Quotes & Tweets on What to work on

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How to 80/20 your life: (1) Make a list of the 10 things you spend the most time on. (2) Circle the two that truly drive your results. Do more of those. (3) Look at the others. Eliminate ruthlessly. Automate or outsource what you can. Press pause on the rest. (4) Repeat.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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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

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Many people work hard, but few people work on the highest and best thing. Usually, it takes no more effort to work on high leverage tasks than it does to work on low leverage ones. It's just a matter of directing your energy.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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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

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Step 1: Know exactly what you want. Have a big vision that is crystal clear. Step 2: Know exactly what is true. See reality for what it is and accept the honest facts of the situation. Step 3: Be flexible in the way you close the gap between 1 and 2. Bold. Rational. Adaptable.

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

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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One of the greatest forms of freedom comes from knowing what is important to you. It grants you the freedom to ignore everything else.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Motivation is knowing what you want.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Time spent working hard is often better spent identifying where the bottleneck is located. Working hard on the wrong thing leads to frustration, not progress.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Desiring results without considering the lifestyle is chasing a false summit. Do not ask, “What do I want my best day to look like?" But rather, “What do I want my normal day to look like?" It’s easy to chase results without realizing you would hate the lifestyle.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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When choosing a startup idea, you must be able to check either of these boxes [ ] Truly novel (nobody else has tried) [ ] 10X better product The absolute best check both. 99% of startups check neither. A good pitch is sometimes a strong story explaining how to get the 1st ☑️

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

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There's always a technology frontier somewhere, and one of the best reasons to go work there is that it's where the smartest and most interesting people congregate.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

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What you choose to work on, and who you choose to work with, are far more important than how hard you work.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Do something before there's a name for it.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Most people could get what they want if they knew what they wanted.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Best career advice I have: learn BOTH how to build things and how to understand people (to create products for them, manage them, etc.)

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

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

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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If you're a domain expert and you feel that it's almost too late to start startup x, it's the perfect time to.

Paul Graham

Paul Graham

@paulg

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Fulfilling, lucrative, low-risk. Pick two.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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When motivation is high focus on doing hard things. When motivation is low focus on tiny, easy things.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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When deciding what to do, the best choice is often one that's simple but hard.

Paul Graham

Paul Graham

@paulg

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On habits ... You need to consciously arrange your time. the biggest leverage point here is picking what to work on. A good way to do this is to ruthlessly eliminate low-value tasks.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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If you want to write but don’t know where to start, write summaries. Summarize books, speeches, documentaries, academic papers, scientific journal articles. The best summaries rise to the top of Google and besides, summaries are the best way to learn. Start writing.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

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The world is all made up, and that’s a great thing Don’t forget, you get to make it up too. Don’t like something? Replace it. Make a better version and grow it from there. To overturn boulders, find a thin edge of a wedge and then apply force. It’s not easy but it is possible.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

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When people start to say there are way too many people doing something, it often means there are not nearly enough people doing it.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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The most productive people I know spend way more time than less productive people thinking about what they work on.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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The easiest way to lose: Play games you don’t enjoy.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

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Some of the best “hard work” you can do is figuring our your priorities, and making tough calls about what’s not worth doing.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

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My crazy beliefs about writing: 1. Writing fast is just as important as writing well. 2. Good writing isn’t about good syntax or grammar. Having interesting ideas is much more important. 3. If you can’t write, don’t read a writing book. Build a note-taking system first.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

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When you realize learning what not to do is more important than what to do, everyone is a teacher.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

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Progress is deciding what to stop doing.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

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Finding something worth doing is something worth doing.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

36

If you don’t know what you should be working on, everything is a distraction

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

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You should be more confident about what you’re working on over time. If you’re not getting more confident, you’re getting less confident.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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When feeling pessimistic, remember that attempting to do something that doesn't work is one of the few ways to discover the things that do.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan