Success Tag Archive

Learn from success, not failure

(Excerpt from Rework by Jason Fried) Another common misconception: You need to learn from your mistakes. What do you really learn from mistakes? You might learn what not to do again, but how valuable is that? You still...

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Be a star or a janitor, avoid the middle

(Excerpt from Be a star or a janitor by Yoni Rechtman) You should always strive to do the work either 1) no one else can do or 2) no one else wants to do. Be a star or a janitor.  As a janitor, you should...

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Every successful person is a salesperson

(Excerpt from Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger) It always blew my mind that some of the greatest artists, from Michelangelo to van Gogh, never sold much because they didn’t know how. They had to rely on some...

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Make money first and learn to be happy later

(Excerpt from The Almanack of Ravikant) Money buys you freedom in the material world. It’s not going to make you happy, it’s not going to solve your health problems, it’s not going to make your family great,...

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Money is a means to freedom and there are 3 ways to achieve it

(Excerpt from The Almanack of Ravikant) I learned how to make money because it was a necessity. After it stopped being a necessity, I stopped caring about it. At least for me, work was a means to an end. Making money...

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Play the wealth game and not the status game

(Excerpt from The Almanack of Ravikant) Wealth creation is an evolutionarily recent positive-sum game. Status is an old zero-sum game. Those attacking wealth creation are often just seeking status. … Status...

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Do things for their own sake

(Excerpt from The Almanack of Ravikant) I only really want to do things for their own sake. That is one definition of art. Whether it’s business, exercise, romance, friendship, whatever, I think the meaning of life is...

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Super successful individuals are cases of extreme luck

(Excerpt from The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel) …focus less on specific individuals and case studies and more on broad patterns. Studying a specific person can be dangerous because we tend to...

Luck, Randomness, Success, Survivorship Bias Read More

Making a life choice is a bet on a future version of us

(Excerpt from Thinking In Bets by Annie Duke) In most of our decisions, we are not betting against another person. Rather, we are betting against all the future versions of ourselves that we are not choosing. …...

Life, Luck, Optionality, Path Dependence, Randomness, Success Read More

Optimism is a necessary ingredient to progress when the odds are against you

(Excerpt from Same As It Ever Was by Morgan Housel) We tell ourselves stories about our potential for progress because if we’re realistic about how common failure and pain is, we’d never get off the couch. Few would...

Overconfidence Bias, Success Read More