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The Surprisingly Narrow Path to Success

scotthyoung.com

Paul Graham

"One thing I've learned as an adult that I didn't realize as a kid is how precisely you have to aim at a goal to hit it. If you choose to optimize something even slightly off to the side, you'll sometimes achieve almost nothing toward your intended goal."

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The narrow path to success

Many of us don't want to face the narrow path to success. Instead, we prefer to hear the stories of rare misfits who managed to beat the odds.

To beat the odds, you have to understand the game you're playing. You have to know why success is so narrow.

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  • Elite achievement is very hard. To be in the top 1%, you need effort, talent and strategy.
  • Specific results come from specific efforts. The smaller the target, the more carefully you need to aim.
  • Signaling...

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To learn the path early, ask people who've walked it before. Notice what matters to people in charge. The way forward is not creative. If you have an idea to pitch, write it into a business plan.

Creative work can rarely be measured by a universal yardstick. Thus gatekeepers rely more ...

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When you feel you've lost your way:

  1. If you've walked far in the wrong direction, you don't have to continue in it. Ask yourself if you're willing to get back on track.
  2. You may just need a course correction. If you already wrote a book, back up a step, find an agent and writ...

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There are many targets to aim at. You're never starting from scratch. Wherever you are, there are many possibilities within reach. All you require is to recognize the path ahead and stick to it.

Getting a book deal is narrow. But there's self-publishing, blogs, newsletters, and writing...

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