ankit🏕️ @ankitkr0 21, Odd Jobs @bankonjuno, @firstcheque. Writing @breakoutstartup, Previously: Core @Prism_IO(YC S17) Mar. 20, 2020 8 min read

1/ Random Thread of Quotes I have saved in my NOTES Folder:

"To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions."

2/ - “Happiness is a momentary experience that arises spontaneously and is fleeting. Meanwhile, satisfaction is a long-term feeling, built over time and based on achieving goals and building the kind of life you admire”

- Daniel Kahneman.

3/ “Jeff, one day you’ll understand that it’s harder to be kind than clever.”

4/ “The press is a lossy and biased compression of events in the actual world, and is singularly consumed with its own rituals, status games, and incentives,”

5/ “Hey, this thing is happening without us,”

- Paul Allen to Bill Gates

6/ "There's a guy in my head, and all he wants to do is lay in bed all day long, smoke pot, and watch old movies and cartoons. My life is a series of strategy games, to avoid, and outwit that guy".

7/ - "I was amazed that level of ambition was tolerated, let alone encouraged. I wanted nothing more than to be part of it. It was one of the great openings in history, where you really could be an unknown teenager from an unknown place, and you really could create something....

8/ so important used by millions or even billions of people, and nobody had really caught on to how important it could be."

9/ "Capitalism, at its core, is fairly straightforward: create shareholder value by providing customers with access to something scarce."

10/ "The thing I like about these guys is, not only do they win, they win in great style. They play the sort of cricket people want to watch. They've come such a long way in such a short period of time."

11/ If you're hiring early employees for your startup, the ideal job description should be "Choose Your Own Adventure".

12/ "it’s easy to be relentless about the wrong things."

13/ emergent phenomena: that is complex systems that arise out of simple components but that are not reducible to those components.

14/ “Nobody can tell you where the safe line is..everyone that found out is on the other side.”

15/ Richard Feynman’s 2nd wife, in her divorce:

“He begins working calculus problems in his head as soon as he awakens. He did calculus while driving in his car, while sitting in living room, and while lying in bed”

His wife literally made him choose between math and her.

16/ "The only reason why they can still lose against three guys in a garage is speed, speed, speed."

17/ “It roams around but has the ability to plunge very deep when necessary.”

18/ "Adulthood is accepting no one will save you anymore; from this, all else follows."

19/ ”I have to understand the world, you see.”

20/ "If you are looking to build a career in tech, go to San Francisco.

If you are looking to build a career in comedy, come to India"

21/ "One day, people will be wearing t-shirts and hoodies with my tweets printed on them"

22/ "The best marketing lesson is to give people a reason to care about things."

23/ "A lot of people like to say “a kid accidentally got lucky”. No. This was no accident."

24/ "Whether it's in technology or politics — what people crave now more than ever is trust. Simultaneously, it's easier than ever for us to realize the cheapness of words and promises. Given the impossibility of trust, people turn to trustlessness."

25/ “I’m so glad I didn’t go to school, because if I had, I would never have the life I have now,”

26/ "I never realized that I was expected to do anything. I guess that’s what is actually going on—that I never knew there was a thing I had to follow. Nobody told me that shit, so I did what I wanted"

27/ “You can always tell when someone's left an Elon meeting: they're defeated,”

28/ “I’m old-fashioned. Where I come from, people like to succeed … When I was a founder, when I first started out, we didn’t have the word ‘pivot.’ We didn’t have a fancy word for it. We just called it a fuck up.

29/ “I don’t know man, some of us are just obsessive,”

30/ "I think there are people that help you become the person that you end up being, and you can be grateful for them even if they were never meant to be in your life forever."

31/ "The words are chosen in order to influence us as manipulable objects, not to inform us as autonomous subjects."

32/ "People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don’t realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world."

― Bill Watterson, “Calvin And Hobbes”

33/ "the most ambitious goal of any rational entity is maximizing the existence utility function"

34/ "Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure - these things just fall away.....

35/ in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

36/ "I'd grab him and say, 'Would you like to meet the person standing between you and greatness?' and I'd stand him in front of my mirror, 'There he is, right there - defeat him and you can defeat anyone"

37/ "Rationality 2.0 is acknowledging the tacit knowledge we all have that cannot be described in words. It’s about getting rid of the arrogance of raw intellectualism and realizing that good engineers make terrible leaders."

38/ “One of my dreams is that the next Facebook or the next Snapchat will be created by someone that has not have to gone through all this education or has had to develop all these connections and hire all these bright people. Really, it can be one girl in Africa...

39/ ".....It can be a boy in Bangladesh.”"

40/ "I could never understand," Bryant once told me, "why winning wasn't the most important thing to everyone. Why are you here then?"

41/ "It’s interesting, because it is a side effect, but then a lot of side effects in start-ups become your main effects. This is a classic story you hear, where one of the features of the company became the biggest business in the company."

42/ "why winning wasn't the most important thing to everyone. Why are you here then?"

43/ “I love ideas. I’m desperate; I have this yearning, hunger, and thirst for new ideas —new ways of looking at the world. But until I started writing, I wasn’t able to meet people who I could share that with.” – @david_perell

44/ "I saw something in Dybala that I had seen before in Messi. It was not just the gift of pure talent. I have seen that many times in my life. It was the gift of pure talent combined with the will to conquer the world."

45/ "Forgive me for borrowing a Stratechery analysis format here but what are we Substack newsletter writers if not a bunch of Ben Thompson cosplayers?"

46/ I see a lot of young people that have grown up on a diet of social media and I think it’s a lack of balance in a lot of respects.”

47/ “Insaan ki insight pakad lo toh woh dheela ho jaata hain”

48/ "I don't want to be the person who talks how he is different on weekends than other days on weekends."

49/ “ I was ambitious—that I wanted my life to pick up momentum, go faster.”

50/ “Good drama teaching, of any kind, threatens to alter the personality. The better the teacher, the more powerful the effects.” —Keith Johnstone

51/ ". In the coming years, the amount of dead people on Facebook will exceed the size of some small nations."

52/ "Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a perfect world, or even with a little more care in this imperfect one) both partners might have found more suitable mates. But the real ‘soul mate’ is the one you are married to."

53/ Sometimes, the best investment opportunity is your own stock.

54/ The notion that doing anything good, no matter how small, is always better than doing nothing.

55/ “If I have seen farther than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”

56/ ”One may admit to pride, avarice, lust, anger, gluttony, and laziness… There is only one capital sin no one admits to: envy.”

57/ “Mimetic desire enables us to escape from the animal realm. It is responsible for the best and the worst in us, for what lowers us below the animal level as well as what elevates us above it. Our unending discords are the ransom of our freedom.”

58/ “See, the world is full of things more powerful than us. But if you know how to catch a ride, you can go places,”

59/ "The reason you haven't felt it is because it doesn't exist. What you call love was invented by guys like me, to sell nylons. You're born alone and you die alone and this world just drops a bunch of rules on top of you to make you forget those facts. But I never forget."

60/60 "I just want to work, have people look at my work, understand it."


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