Quote-unquote #21

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Hello! Here are some quotes with which I resonated a lot this week. I read some unopened newsletters I have subscribed to and found a lot of quotes I liked. Here are some of them, with credits to the newsletter where I found the quote.

"The person who focuses on one task and sees it through to completion—even if they work in a somewhat slow or outdated manner—beats the endless optimizer who jumps from tool to tool and always hopes a new piece of technology will help them finish what they start."
James Clear (3-2-1 Thursdays Newsletter)

"Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work."
Gustave Flaubert (5-Bullet Friday by Tim Ferriss)

"It generally feels better to run toward something than to run away from something. Focus on what is pulling you in, not what you're trying to avoid."
James Clear (3-2-1 Thursdays Newsletter)

"One of the simplest mindset shifts you can make to find greater success is simply to extend your time horizon. Measure your major decisions not in months or years but decades. Do that consistently and you will be amazed where you end up."
Mark Manson (The Breakthrough Newsletter)

There are many areas of our life where the more time / effort we put into something, the less we gain in return. This is commonly known as the law of diminishing returns.
Ali Abdaal (Sunday Snippets Newsletter)

I heard about the law of diminishing returns on one of Ali's productivity videos. It made so much sense. For example, consider having a phone. I know it's pretty rare, but let's say you don't have a phone. Consider it as level 0. And you buy a phone. Consider it as level 1. Let's say after you keep changing your phones through the years and you end up with an iPhone 14 or a Pixel 7, 10 years later. Let's call it level 10. The benefits you get from not having a phone to having a phone (0 to 1) is much greater than getting a phone (level 1) to getting a better phone (iPhone 14 Pro or Pixel 7 Pro). Same goes for work. "Not having a job versus having a job" is much greater than "having a job versus having a better job". Similarly, "not going to a gym versus working out everyday" is better than "working out every day versus working out extra hours everyday." This applies to a lot of things in life like relationships, finance, habits, etc.

Diminishing returns - Wikipedia
Courtesy: Wikipedia

These are the quotes I resonated with lately. Thanks for reading. Cheers!

Vivek Arvind

Vivek Arvind

Santa Clara, CA