Sam Altman one of the greatest people born in 1985 like myself had a mini tweet storm with some great advice and tips related to strategy, business philosophy, and the importance of ignoring the haters and focus on things that matter while ignoring the fluff. Here are the quotes from @SAMA and a few from myself below:
The sooner you can learn to ignore the haters, the better.
Avoid the temptation to become one or surround yourself with them—it’s fun in the short term, but they are almost never successful at anything other than social media. It is very hard to do good work without being optimistic, exceptionally determined, and intellectually curious.
Ideal goals are ones that you hit, but just barely. Setting goals that are always a bit too much of a stretch is demoralizing—people want to be on the winning team, and you want to be winning at life. Write your goals down, professionally and personally. Set and maintain high standards.
If you have to be hard on people, do it with love and a genuine wish for them to improve. Praise people when they hit the standard. The strongest teams have a lot of diversity of thought but do not have much diversity of values or goals. There are exceptions, but the people at the top of almost any field worked very hard to get there. Be skeptical of people who tell you that you don’t have to work hard if you want to have an exceptional career unless they have exceptional careers. The best way to get people to help you is to first help them. The second-best way is to be working on something interesting. Have long staff meetings and short 1:1s. It’s much better for information flow and alignment. Don’t overschedule yourself. Don’t have long meetings except for really important topics, and then have very long ones. Try not to have large meetings, but if you have to, try having large meetings be partially in writing. Compounding success (which means “growth” in the case of an early-stage start-up) solves almost all internal problems, particularly hard ones. Try committing to one day per week (for me it only works on a weekend, but some people do it on Fridays) where you work in a long uninterrupted block to catch up on the previous week and prepare for the next. Focus on what matters. Cut all the BS. A few from Richart Ruddie with some help along the way: "True leaders don't create followers, they create more leaders. Empower those around you to shine and watch your collective success grow." "Remember, growth often feels uncomfortable at first. Embrace the discomfort as a sign of progress, not a reason to stop." "Consistency is key. Small, daily efforts are often more impactful than sporadic grand gestures." "Diversity in thought leads to innovation, but unity in purpose is what drives a team towards success." "In your pursuit of success, remember to enjoy the journey. It’s the small moments and lessons learned along the way that truly enrich your experience." "The most successful people are those who are good at Plan B. Adaptability is a silent superpower in the journey of success." "Your network is your net worth. Invest in building meaningful relationships, not just for what they bring, but for what you can contribute." "Leadership is not about being in charge; it's about taking care of those in your charge." "Failure isn't the opposite of success, it's part of success. Every failure is a step closer to the win." "Balance is not something you find, it's something you create. Juggling personal and professional life is an art form of its own."