Best 390 Quotes & Tweets on Work

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If your company requires you to work nights and weekends, your company is broken. This is a managerial problem, not your problem. This is a process problem, not a personal problem. This is an ownership problem, not an individual problem.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

2

Schools aren’t about learning. Offices aren’t about working. Churches aren’t about praying. Restaurants aren’t about eating.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

3

If the work doesn’t require creativity, delegate it, automate it, or leave it.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

4

Forty hour workweeks, regardless of the job. Four year degrees, regardless of the major. Four decades to retirement, regardless of the career. Remnants of the Industrial Age.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

5

Everybody wants to hire the best. Nobody wants to pay them the best.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

6

Half of us are working from couch and luxuriating in the myth of shared sacrifice. The other half are getting their livelihoods crushed while the virus lies in wait.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

7

You don't hire talented people to tell them what to do. You hire talented people to tell you what to do.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

8

Everyone loves remote work until they realize 7 billion people will soon be competing for the job they have.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

9

Retirement starts when you stop sacrificing today for some imaginary tomorrow. You retire by saving up enough money, becoming a monk, or by finding work that feels like play to you.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

10

Everybody wants to hire the best. Very few actually pay them like they’re the best.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

11

Working with who you want to work with, on what you want to work on, is actually just play.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

12

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

13

Forty hour workweeks are a relic of the Industrial Age. Knowledge workers function like athletes - train and sprint, then rest and reassess.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

14

Technology destroys jobs and replaces them with opportunities.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

15

It saddens me that "must be passionate" has become code word for "must be willing to work two-jobs hours for one-job pay".

DHH

DHH

@dhh

16

Sometimes it seems like getting the job is the hard part. It never is. Doing a great job is always the greatest challenge.

Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban

@mcuban

17

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

18

The best jobs aren't publicly listed. You have to dig for them, invent them, or convince someone it's worth creating just for you.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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The part of your work that’s new every time is the craft. The part that’s the same every time is the toil.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

20

In life: (1) Some things are not your fault, but they are your responsibility. (2) Other things are not your responsibility, but they are your problem. (3) Many things are neither your responsibility nor your problem, but they make the world better. Take action on all three.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

21

A CEO’s first job is to get the company capitalized. A CEO’s second job is to recruit a team. A CEO’s third job is to provide them with clarity so they can solve their customers' problems. A CEO’s fourth job is to get out of the way until one of the above is no longer true.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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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

23

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

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

24

Productivity is for machines, not for people. There’s nothing meaningful about packing some number of work units into some amount of time, or squeezing more into less. Think about how effective you’re being, not how productive you’re being.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

25

The Paradox of Freedom—the way to expand your freedom is to narrow your focus. Stay focused on saving to achieve financial freedom. Stay focused on training to achieve physical freedom. Stay focused on learning to achieve intellectual freedom. The disciplined become the free.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

26

A paradox of life is that the greatest returns come in the long-term, but the opportunity cost of moving slowly is huge. Long-term thinking is not slow acting. Act fast on things that compound. Never let a day pass without doing something that will benefit you in a decade.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

27

The fastest way to become exceptional is to work with exceptional people. If you want to be a great engineer, work at a company with great engineers. Want to start a company? Work for an early-stage startup with extraordinary founders. Watch them work, and learn by osmosis.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

28

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

29

Comparing yourself to others... ...is positive when it motivates you to get back to work, upgrade your skills, and remain dedicated to a meaningful pursuit. ...is negative when it causes rumination, negative self-talk, and lower self-esteem. It’s a thin line between the two.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

30

The best jobs are neither decreed nor degreed. They are creative expressions of continuous learners in free markets.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

31

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

33

The best way to get the attention and respect of exceptional people is to do exceptional work. Like attracts like.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

34

Startups shouldn’t worry about how to put out fires, they should worry about how to start them.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

35

Stick to the basics. Do your job. Avoid stupidity. Speak for yourself. Be attentive to details. Put results ahead of being right. Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

36

The future of work isn't remote, it's flexible: Work from home, work from the office, work where ever

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

37

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

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

38

The future of work is not working.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

39

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

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

41

Work on something you’d be proud of even if it failed.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

42

When a CEO says they work 60+ hours a week, it often includes a lot of email, Ubers to meetings, meetings, travel, phone calls, and more. I don't think designers, engineers, and many other roles could stare at a computer for 60 hours a week for a sustained period of time.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Old status symbol: wearing a suit to work New status symbol: wearing jeans and a t-shirt Old status symbol: working 80 hours a week New status symbol: sleeping 8 hours a day Humans are mimetic. Updating our status symbols may be the best way to create sustained systemic change.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

44

Formal education will give you a career. Self-education will give you freedom.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

45

People who work 60 hours a week for themselves should not tell other people to work 60 hours a week for someone else.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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Overrated goals: -Get a high-status job -Build a big social media following -Hit the bestseller list one week -Raise lots of money from investors Underrated goals: -Get a flexible job -Build a big email list -Write a book that sells every week -Earn lots of profit from customers

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

47

This may be the last generation that has a powerful tool like the Internet, and the focused attention span to do deep work.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

48

The best work resists compression. The best explanations are short, but potent. The best software delivers the same outcome in fewer clicks. The best manufacturing processes create products in less time and with less waste. The shape of genius is simplicity.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Work hard. If results depend on effort, then you will carry yourself far. If results depend on effort and luck, then you will be focused on the area you can influence. If results depend on luck alone, then the outcome is random, but you will have won the battle with yourself.

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