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The Surprisingly Narrow Path to Success
Reaching a goal requires precision, a general effort won't do. Lessons in how to walk the right path, from those who have already reached the summit.

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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 th...

Paul Graham

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The narrow path to success

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 hav...

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Reasons why success is narrow

  • Elite achievement is very hard. To be in the top 1%, you need effort, talent and strategy.
  • Specific results come from spe...

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Learning the path early

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 pla...

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Losing your way

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 trac...

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The possibilities are vast

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...

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