April 22, 2019

As long as I show up, I can't lose...

Sahil Lavingia @sahil

"Most people don't want to be where they are right now. If you raise a Series A, you are uncomfortable with where you are because you need to get somewhere else, right? Which inherently means you're not living in the present. I guess that's fine, but I just am not there right now. I'm content with the present. I don't need things to be different than they are. Now that I paint, the number one question that people ask me is, like, 'This painting that you did, do you like it? Do you think it is a good painting?' That's the question I get and I'm always like, 'I don't know. I came in and I painted for three hours.' Like, I win. It doesn't matter if it's a good painting or not, it's a painting. It didn't exist three hours ago. That means I was successful. The product I'm making is not the painting, the product I'm making is this neural network in my head that is now better at painting. I know that neural network has three hours' more data points than three hours ago. So, therefore, I succeeded. I did the thing. And I have 100% confidence that if I keep doing that, over time, every week, it will compound. And that's enough for me. I don't need to be proficient enough to win an award. Or to get a job. I just need to be better than I am. Which is very freeing because it means I can't lose. As long as I show up, I can't lose."

  1. 2

    solid words, @sahil...where is this from?

    1. 2

      It's from Sahil! Or, more accurately, it's from Sahil and was posted both here and to our Instagram account.

  2. 1

    Big inspiration and I have followed your progress for many years!

    I really enjoyed your old blog as well! (for example the Nil-Nil blog post!)

  3. 1

    Great words. All your recent posts and specially "Reflecting on My Failure to Build a Billion-Dollar Company" are inspiring and gives a new way to think about.

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