A growing database of the best quotes I encounter here: https://www.evernote.com/pub/eddyazar/commonplacebook

A few favorites:

“If it seems too good to be true, drop everything and check it out.” – Tynan

“Hard is easy” – Colin Wright

“Focus. Focus on Focus.” – Paul Graham

“I felt like the world was made up of a mad tangle of options, and all I had to do was pick which strand I wanted to follow and then weave my way along the path I chose until I saw one I liked better” – Colin Wright

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.” – Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand

“Everything is designed. Few things are designed well.” – Brian Reed

“Avoid using the word ‘very’, because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys: to woo women. And, in that endeavor, laziness will not do.” – Robin Willaims

“I cannot know where I most wish to go because I have not seen all that there is.” – Jarlaxle Baenre

“Formidable is close to confident, except that someone could be confident and mistaken. Formidable is roughly justifiably confident.” – Paul Graham

“For him, it seemed, being in motion came as naturally as being still” – Ayn Rand

“What is the opposite of happiness? Sadness. No. Just as love and hate are two sides of the same coin, so are happiness and sadness. Crying out of happiness is a perfect illustration of this. The opposite of love is indifference, and the opposite of happiness is – here’s the clincher -boredom.

Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all….

The question you should be asking isn’t, ‘What do I want?’ or ‘What are my goals?’ but ‘What would excite me?'” – Tim Ferriss

“You have to decide that being unreliable, even to yourself — especially to yourself — is completely unacceptable. It’s weakness, and examined weakness should not be allowed to survive.” – Tynan

“Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it’s time to pause and reflect” – Mark Twain

“An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered.” – Gilbert Chesterton

Full video at: http://startupclass.co/lecture/85763/-92314-project-1-log-problems-you-encounter-in-life

You need…

1) A great idea

“Wait to start a startup until you come up with an idea that you feel compelled to explore.”

“If you have several ideas that all seem pretty good, work on the one that you think about most often when you’re not trying to think about work.”

“A company should feel like an important mission.”

“The hardest part about coming up with great ideas is that the best ideas often look terrible in the beginning. The 13th search engine…most people thought that was pointless (Google). The 10th social network, also terrible (Facebook). A way to stay on stranger’s couches, that just sounds terrible all around (AirBnB, CouchSurfing).”

“You want an idea that turns into a monopoly.”

“You need a market that’s going to be big in 10 years.”

“Think about the market first. Find the demand, then create an appropriate supply.”

“The best reason to start a startup: You can’t not do it.”

Idea includes:

  • The size and growth of a market
  • The growth strategy
  • Defencability strategy
  • Etc.

A good idea has these qualities:

  • The business must, someday, become difficult to replicate.
  • There must be a reason ‘why now?’
  • It’s best if you’re building something that you yourself need.
  • You can’t not build it.

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2) A great product

Step one is to build something users love. Everything else is secondary. In the beginning, 90% of your time should be spent building something amazing and talking to customers.

“A lot of good-on-paper startups fail because they merely make something that people like. Making something that people want, but only a medium ammount, is a great way to fail and not understand why you’re failing.”

“It’s better to build something that a small number of users love, than a large number of users like.”

3) A great team

  1. CoFounder

If you, as founder, take it easy, so will your team. You are always working. Always.

Always always always have a cofounder that you have a past history with.

Be relentlessly resourceful. Be James Bond. Make sure your team is too.

  1. Try Not To Hire

Lots of employees = a high burn rate and a lot of time spent managing.

“Some of the top funded YC companies had no employees besides the founders for the first year.”

Ask: “Would you work on this company if you had 10 years left to live?”

  1. Get The Best People

The best people have a lot of options. They want to join a rocketship, and you have to convince that your mission is more important and more likely to be successful than anyone else.

When you are hiring, it should be 80% of your time.

“If you compromise and hire someone meagre, you will always regeret it.”

Hire people you or your employees already know.

“For most early hires, experience doesn’t matter very much. Apptitude does.”

Before hiring, ask:

  1. Are they smart?
  2. Do they get things done?
  3. Do I want to spend a lot of time around them?
Also
  1. Good communicaton skills
  2. They like risk
  3. Maniacally indefatigable
  4. The animal test – You need to be able to describe them as ‘an animal’ at what they do.
  5. They must be someone you’d be comfortable reporting to

Don’t interview; Work together on a small project.

Also, always call refrences.

Employee Equity: Give aprox 10% of the company to the first 10 employees

“Founders seem to be very stingy with equity to employees and very generious with equity to investors. I think this is totally backwards. Employees will give more to your company as time goes on.”

“You have to let your team get all the credit for everything good that happens, and you take all the responsibility for all the bad things.”

  1. Fire Fast

Don’t hope that an employee will pick up and get better. They won’t. Fire them.

Also, fire anyone who is negative or creates politics.

4) Great execution

The 5 jobs of the CEO

  1. Set the vision
  2. Raise money
  3. Evangelize
  4. Hire and manage
  5. Make sure the enitre company executes

Focus on growth & momentum

  1. ALWAYS know your metrics

Be INTENSE

  1. Move fast & break things
  2. Have VERY high quality standards
  3. Be fast
  4. Do whatever it takes.
  5. Show up to everything that needs you. Go to ridiculous lengths.

Always keep momentum.

  • If you lose it, remember that ‘Sales fix everything’

“The secret to startup success is extreme focus and extreme dedication.”

“You generally need to be willing to outwork your competitors.”

“When there is disagreement among the team about what to do, ask your users.”

“The competitor to be feared is one who never bothers about you at all, but goes on making his own business better all the time.” – Henry Ford

INDICATOR OF SUCCESS: Every time you talk to them, they’ve gotten new thing done.

5) Luck

  1. Well, I re-learned that sleep has a huge and noticeable impact on all my functions. Creativity, playfulness, memory, foucs.
  2. Being real and honest works. Always.
  3. There truly is a beauty to the stillness of the world at night. I doubted it, but it is true that the absence of humans around you allows you to zone in. I need to find a way to do night stuff. Perhaps begin taking long naps during the day, in order to stay up quite late at nights. I must try this.
  4. I LOVE being limitless and unstoppable. It is a natural state for me.
  5. Focus is not a universal problem. I have it, but a ton of people don’t.

Hey mates, I just updated the dream for being 21 (I’m not yet, but whatever).

New update here: http://eddyazar.com/the-dream/

Old update below:

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Who is Eddy Azar at the age of 100?

I’ve trancended age, and so my body is that of a fit man in his mid 20’s. I have accrued wealth far far beyond necessity, all through improving the world, I have fallen in love with many woman, and taken a choice few people as my apprentices.

I coach a small and select few of the best individuals I can find in the world, and spend the rest of my time helping to create things like a one nation world, a class 1 & class 2 species, colonization of other planets, the improvement of the human race, the creation of good stuff in all it’s forms, immortality beyond even physical death, the end of centralized control, the search for and growth focused interaction with other races, the enjoyment of all who exist…

Mindset wise, I am near-perfection. I haven’t stagnated in decades, I am able to rest quickly and completely, I create tons, and take ample time to enjoy and explore. I can quickly and efficiently lead others and help them grow at a 5/95 rate, I have automated all that I wish to in life.

I am considering having kids, yet it’s probably still quite a ways in the future.

I’m having so much fun.

Who is Eddy Azar at 50?

I have created a small group of world enhancing businesses that are improving areas of the world like learning, life extention/bio hacking, renewable power, wonder, and things of that nature. Through them, I have obtained enough resources to afford anything I want or need. These businesses are mostly automated.

I spend my time learning, building these businesses and others like them. And exploring the world. And exploring & customizing myself.

I have the body of a 37 year old, due to my life extention research.

I am building things outside of earth. Mining asteroids. Colonizing planets. Interacting with other species. Building great structures in space. Stuff like that.

Who is Eddy Azar at 35?

I have built businesses that improve the world. Things like RadNomad, Labster, and BioHacking. They bring me resources in huge abundance, enough to create all but my greatest plans. I have a personal Pepper Pots.

My main focus is on immortality, and will be for a long time. A close second is the exploration and customization of what is Eddy. And the third is exploration and creation in outer-space.

Besides that, I have a fun sex life that requires almost no work to keep alive. A healthy body, well maintained and fueled. A global tribe of awesome people I’m always collaborating with to make awesome things.

My island-state of exceptional people is fully functional, thriving, and largely out of my hands and into the community’s.

Who is Eddy Azar at 27?

I have built RadNomad a few other businesses into awesome things that improve lives.

I’m building more businesses. Things that improve the world and myself greatly. Primarily, a biohacking business with a long term goal of immortality. Also, things like Soylent to solve hunger & healthy nourishment issues.

I have mastered the art of love, and am now having fun with awesome women I find while I build my tribes. I’ve also traveled a LOT of the world. I still do a lot of travelling, though I have a home base now from which I am able to interact in person with my businesses more than I can while I travel.

I am founding a kind of hub/mentor space/community for a select few who I believe can change the world. It is run 100% on renewable energy, populated by only awesome people, and with a crowd sourced government. To visit, you must show that you are a cool person. Not so difficult to do. We have couch surfing communities and AirBnb spaces so that anyone can come.

But, to live here or stay for more than 3 months, you must show that you are amazing, world improving, and will be a boon to the community. This is a much more selective group.

The community has it’s own currency, or else runs off a currency like bitcoins. Nothing is illegal, though some things can result in you losing your licence to live in the community.

It is likely on an island. This is where I am based.

I am focused on building my businesses, biohacking my body to extend my life expectancy, creating around me a global tribe of awesome people, and exploring the world while I pick up useful skills. I’m doing quite a bit of exploration and customization of what is Eddy.

My body is in top shape, supported by my biohacking and active lifestyle. Lots of sex.

Who is Eddy Azar at 23?

I’m a master Growth Hacker, making a couple tens of thousands of dollars per month automated, and well on my way in building a few of my own businesses like RadNomad and others I have not yet thought of. RadNomad is growing from a search & find idea to a theorize-create-test-repeat idea. We create the top nomad gear (coincidentally, the top gear, period) in the world.

I am also travelling nomadically without a home base (looking to find which ones are best), building my skills at love & romance & sex, and having tons of fun. I often travel to and spend TONS of money on self improvement events all around the world.

When I am not building amazing projects, I am exploring and improving myself and my world.

I keep close track of those who I want in my Tribe of Awesome, and am sure to go to many events and learn many things and create stuff with them.

I’ve begun biohacking my instruments personally, and customizing my mindsets. I do a TON of 30 day experiments in both domains.

Who is Eddy Azar at 20.5 (1 year from today)

I have become an adept Growth Hacker in all domains of Growth Hacking. I can do minor coding, A/B testing, analytics, SEO, advertising, all that stuff quite well. I am using these skills to ROCKET launch my own businesses and those of my friends that inspire me to ridiculous levels of success. At this point, I’m making about $3500 per month automated. and about $5000/month on top of that through my active work.

I keep my body & mind in good shape, eat relatively healthy fuels, and do a bit of supplementing. Besides that, there isn’t much I’m doing in the domain of Biohacking My Instruments.

I’m always doing a 30 day experiment to Customize My Mindset, and have mastered focus, alternating engagement, keeping my word, mastering my emotions, and asking why.

I am building my relationship with Stepan, Michael, Chris, Vince, Sebastian, and others like them.

I’m not exploring reality all that much, though I do travel every few months and do something awesome (climb mountain, visit islands, learn new skill/sport, etc.) every few weeks, and I’m always picking up new skills. I’ve learned Lucid Dreaming, Bahasa Indonesia & become quite a good surfer by now.

  1. I learned that, truly, I am most happy when I am travelling. I must travel more. I must move. It is who I am and it is what I love.
  2. Copywriting is a HUGE modern dating advantage. When the first contact is through text, the copywriter’s ability to convey emotion and thought through clear, concise, and enjoyable text is powerful indeed.
  3. It’s not that I’m not good with women. In fact, I’m quite excellent. It’s demographic. Ubud is not a place that catalizes my romantic tendencies.
  4. When you have sacred rituals, things that you always do because you know their value and that they vastly improve your life, you life can be excellent. Because you are focused on the keeping of it so.
  5. I learned that love is greatly distracting. Wonderfully so. And that it’s survival depends on remembering the value of each second, despite the powerful gravity of love to spend your time there.
  6. I learned that the key is not in trying to slog, in pushing through and beating procrastination.
    These things are not obstacles. They are signals.
    Signals that you do not remember what you are living for. Why you are doing what you have chosen to do.
    Keep your reason in mind. Know the philosophy that guides your hands and steps.
    And the problem is not in starting to go. But in slowing down long enough to sleep.