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500 Inspirational Reid Hoffman Quotes On Success (2023)

1. “All human beings are entrepreneurs.”


2. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you're playing a solo game, you'll always lose out to a team.” – Reid Hoffman


3. “Teams win when their individual members trust each other enough to prioritize team success over individual glory; paradoxically, winning as a team is the best way for the team members to achieve individual success.”


4. “The will to create is encoded in human DNA.” Reid Hoffman


5. “These stewards of the company way are the intellectual and emotional foundation of the organization.”


6. “The shift to multithreading usually occurs during the City stage of blitzscaling. Once the company has more than a thousand employees, the organization is large enough to support the creation of multiple divisions or business units.”


7. You remake yourself as you grow and as the world changes. Your identity doesn't get found. It emerges.


8. “All human beings are entrepreneurs.” Reid Hoffman


9. “Most of the valuable companies we’re focusing on in this book have gross margins of over 60, 70, or even 80 percent.”


10. “Whatever metric(s) you select, that information must be easy to access and provide clear context.”


11. “So usually you have to have product distribution as more fundamental than what the actual product is.”


12. “Theodore Roosevelt’s famous dictum, “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”


13. No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team. – Reid Hoffman (Click to Tweet!)


14. “Which plan offers the most learning potential?”


15. “If you spend thirty minutes researching a person in your extended network (LinkedIn is a great place to start), and tailor your request for an introduction to something you’ve learned, your request will stand out.”


16. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late” – Reid Hoffman


17. “Your network is the people who want to help you, and you want to help them, and that’s really powerful.” – Reid Hoffman


18. “Remember: If you don’t find risk, risk will find you.” – Reid Hoffman


19. “The person passionate about what he or she is doing will outwork and outlast the guy motivated solely focused on making money.” – Reid Hoffman


20. “Blitzscaling drives “lightning” growth by prioritizing speed over efficiency, even in an environment of uncertainty. It’s a set of specific strategies and tactics that allowed Airbnb to beat the Samwer brothers at their own game.”


21. “involve yourself in organizations that try to systemically improve society at a massive scale.”


22. “Founder Brian Chesky describes this strategy succinctly: “Do everything by hand until it’s too painful, then automate it.”


23. “The entrepreneurial journey starts with jumping off a cliff and assembling an airplane on the way down.”


24. Entrepreneurship is a life idea, not a strictly business one; a global idea, not a strictly American one.


25. “Society flourishes when people think entrepreneurially.” Reid Hoffman


26. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.”


27. “blitzscaling is prioritizing speed over efficiency in the face of uncertainty.”


28. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you're playing a solo game, you'll always lose out to a team.”


29. “All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA, and creation is the essence of entrepreneurship.”


30. “If you aren’t embarrassed by the first version of your product, you shipped too late.” ― Reid Hoffman. Please read a Wisdom Story about this quote.


31. “While the hypergrowth of blitzscaling is often synonymous with scrappy start-ups, blitzscaling can take place within larger, established organizations as well.”


32. “Managers are frontline leaders who worry about day-to-day tactics: they create, implement, and execute detailed plans that allow the organization to either do new things or do existing things more efficiently.”


33. “When you’re doing work you care about, you are able to work harder and better.” – Reid Hoffman


34. “If you’re in permanent beta in your career, twenty years of experience actually is twenty years of experience because each year will be marked by new, enriching challenges and opportunities. ”


35. “In the words of the Dutch historian Johan Huizinga, “If we are to preserve culture, we must continue to create it.”


36. “Theodore Roosevelt’s famous dictum, ‘Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.'” – Reid Hoffman


37. “If you are not receiving or making at least one introduction a month, you are probably not fully engaging your extended professional network.”― Reid Hoffman


38. “The most entrepreneurial employees want to establish “personal brands” that stand apart from their employers’. It’s a rational, necessary response to the end of lifetime employment.”


39. “When anecdotal user feedback and data contradict each other, listen to the data.”


40. “Before dreaming about the future or marking plans, you need to articulate what you already have going for you—as entrepreneurs do.”


41. “Disruption on its own is neither good nor bad, but it always involves change.”


42. “The best ideas make you want to say ‘yes’ and ‘no’ in the same breath.” – Reid Hoffman


43. “The key is to combine new technologies with effective distribution to potential customers, a scalable and high-margin revenue model, and an approach that allows you to serve those customers given your probable resource constraints.”


44. “What great founders do is seek the networks that will be essential to their task… Usually it’s best to have two or three people on a team rather than a solo founder.” – Reid Hoffman


45. “When a market is up for grabs, the risk isn’t inefficiency—the risk is playing it too safe. If you win, efficiency isn’t that important; if you lose, efficiency is completely irrelevant.”


46. “Watch out for what Eric Ries dubbed “vanity metrics”—numbers that present a rosy picture of the business but don’t actually reflect its key drivers of growth. Note that one company’s vanity metric might be another’s key driver.”


47. “In Real Estate The Wisdom Says „Location, Location, Location.“ In Consumer Internet, Think „Distribution, Distribution, Distribution.”


48. “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be” – Reid Hoffman


49. “Ironically, in a changing world, playing it safe is one of the riskiest things you can do.” Reid Hoffman


50. “Founder’ is a state of mind, not a job description, and if done right, even CEOs who join after day 1 can become founders.” – Reid Hoffman


51. “Good ideas need good strategy to realize their potential.”


52. “Winning careers, like winning start-ups, are in permanent beta: always a work in progress.”


53. “you usually need more money to blitzscale than to fastscale, because you have to keep enough capital in reserve to recover from the many mistakes you’re likely to make along the way.”


54. “A good career plan accounts for the interplay of the three gears—your assets, your aspirations, and the market realities.”


55. “At that point, even the most inveterate pirates will have to trade in their Jolly Roger for the flag of a legitimate, disciplined navy. If they don’t, their organizations will devolve into chaos.”


56. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” —Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn


57. “A team in the business world will tend to perform at the level of the worst individual team member”


58. “Every Internet Entrepreneur Should Answer These Questions: How Do We Get To One Million Users? Then How Do We Get To 10 Million Users? Then How. Will You. Get Deep Engagement By. Your Users.”


59. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” — Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder


60. “Innovation comes from long-term thinking and iterative execution.”


61. “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” — Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder


62. “The question is: how you cross uneven ground, how you assemble networks around you.”


63. “The key is to combine new technologies with effective distribution to potential customers, a scalable and high-margin revenue model, and an approach that allows you to serve those customers given your probable resource constraints”


64. “A growth team also helps by making growth a number one priority rather than a second- or third-class citizen”


65. “The billion-dollar tech startup was once the stuff of myth but now they seem to be everywhere.” Reid Hoffman


66. “All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.” — Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn


67. “Permanent beta is about the power of yet.”


68. “You have to be constantly reinventing yourself and investing in the future.” – Reid Hoffman


69. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” – Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn


70. “A startup, to a some degree, is a set of those challenges of, ‘If you don’t solve this, you’re dead.'” – Reid Hoffman


71. “Most often I am only interested in an idea if it’s going to get hundreds of millions of users. That’s the scale that I am always trying to play to.” – Reid Hoffman


72. “Product/market fit means being in a good market with a product that can satisfy that market.”


73. “We don’t celebrate failure in Silicon Valley. We celebrate learning.” Reid Hoffman


74. All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.


75. “Society flourishes when people think entrepreneurially.” ― Reid Hoffman


76. “A key element of leveraging network effects is the aggressive pursuit of network growth and adoption.”


77. “Ironically, in a changing world, playing it safe is one of the riskiest things you can do.” – Reid Hoffman


78. “The problem is that, by definition, business model innovation involves trying something that is new, and thus unproven!”


79. “What you say 'no' to is more important than what you say 'yes' to.”


80. “In this sense, a business is far more like a sports team than a family.”


81. “All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.” – Reid Hoffman


82. “Having a great idea for a product is important, but having a great idea for product distribution is even more important.”


83. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” — Reid Hoffman


84. “Throwing your heart into something is great, but when any one thing becomes all that you stand for, you’re vulnerable to an identity crisis when you pivot to a Plan B.” – Reid Hoffman


85. “Before dreaming about the future or marking plans, you need to articulate what you already have going for you – as entrepreneurs do.” – Reid Hoffman


86. No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team. – Reid Hoffman (Click to Tweet!


87. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product you’ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman


88. “An Entrepreneur Is Someone Who Jumps Off A Cliff And Builds A Plane On The Way Down”


89. “Product/market fit means being in a good market with a product that can satisfy that market.” ― Reid Hoffman


90. “Employee networks are extremely valuable to companies as a source of information.”


91. “Remember, starting a company is like jumping off a cliff and assembling an airplane on the way down.”


92. “growth doesn’t create value in and of itself; for that, it has to be paired with a working business model.”


93. “Pay attention to your culture and your hires from the very beginning.” Reid Hoffman


94. “It is impossible to dissociate an individual from the environment of which he is a part. No story of achievement should ever be removed from its broader social context.”


95. “If the gross margins of this new opportunity are low, the market size has to be even bigger to make it a big opportunity. You have to know that the ultimate size of the prize is worth it.”


96. “What great founders do is seek the networks that will be essential to their problem and their task.”


97. “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.”


98. “Think of a Foundational tour as a form of marriage—a long-term relationship that both parties anticipate will be permanent, in which both parties assume a moral obligation to try hard to make it work before ending the relationship.”


99. “Often it’s when you come in contact with challenges other people find hard but you find easy that you know you’re in possession of a valuable soft asset.” – Reid Hoffman


100. “a company’s business model describes how it generates financial returns by producing, selling, and supporting its products.”


101. “If your playbook is the same as your competitor’s, you are in trouble, because chances are they are just going to run your playbook with a lot more resources!”


102. “The challenge when you think about product distribution is: how are you competing for potential customers or potential members time”


103. “Help the people in your network and let them help you.” Reid Hoffman


104. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” — Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn


105. “Ideally, the market itself is also growing quickly, which can make a smaller market attractive and a large market irresistible.”


106. “Make sure a certain percentage of the people that you’re hiring are generalists so that you can be, kind of reconfigured in the workforce pretty easily.” – Reid Hoffman


107. “Silicon Valley is a mindset, not a location.”


108. “It’s actually pretty easy to be contrarian. It’s hard to be contrarian and right.”


109. “I don’t normally think of like most successful moments, because like most entrepreneurs, I tend to think that however how high of a mountain I’ve climbed, I’m always looking at the next mountain to climb.” – Reid Hoffman


110. “When the naysayers are loud, turn up the music.”


111. “A product needs to be sufficiently innovative to distinguish itself from the pack, but not so forward thinking as to alienate the user.” – Reid Hoffman


112. “Blitzscaling is a strategy and set of techniques for driving and managing extremely rapid growth that prioritize speed over efficiency in an environment of uncertainty.”


113. “What you say ‘no’ to is more important than what you say ‘yes’ to.”― Reid Hoffman


114. “You turn the flywheel once and it keeps spinning on its own.”


115. “Start a personal blog and begin developing a public reputation and public portfolio of work that’s not tied to your employer.” – Reid Hoffman


116. “more on this in chapters 7 and 8.) Getting Value from Entrepreneurial Talent We three authors come from a business environment where the employment alliance”


117. “People who take risk intelligently can usually actually make a lot more progress than people who don’t.”


118. “the only thing that’s foreseeable about blitzscaling is that you will at some point encounter the unforeseeable.”


119. “All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA, and creation is the essence of entrepreneurship.” ― Reid Hoffman


120. “When you have an idea, a classic entrepreneurial impulse is to hold the idea close to you and not tell people and that’s almost always a mistake.” – Reid Hoffman


121. “If you tune it so that you have zero chance of failure, you usually also have zero chance of success. The key is to look at ways for when you get to your failure checkpoint, you know to stop.” -Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn


122. “A business that isn’t investing in tomorrow’s opportunities and technologies – well, that’s a company already in the process of dying.” Reid Hoffman


123. “Often it’s when you come in contact with challenges other people find hard but you find easy that you know you’re in possession of a valuable soft asset.”


124. “Pay attention to your culture and your hires from the very beginning.” – Reid Hoffman


125. “What makes the meaning of life is people, so you try to be good to people immediately around you and in your broader community. So a lot of my projects are about how I can affect the world in the hundreds of millions.” Reid Hoffman


126. “Instead, you need to learn as you go, solving more and more complex problems. And with luck, learning the answers to your questions just in time.”


127. “Take on the additional risk and discomfort of blitzscaling your company. Or accept what might be the even greater risk of losing if your competition blitzscales before you do.”


128. “You need to think and act like you’re running a start-up: your career.” – Reid Hoffman


129. “The value of being connected and transparent is so high that the roadbumps of privacy issues are much lower in actual experience than people’s fears.” – Reid Hoffman


130. “Kalanick, in other words, was doing what felt good to him rather than what the organization needed.”


131. “What makes the meaning of life is people, so you try to be good to people immediately around you and in your broader community. So a lot of my projects are about how I can affect the world in the hundreds of millions.” – Reid Hoffman


132. “It’s nice to be happy. But the meaning of life is meaning – what’s the impact you’re having on the world. Suffering to accomplish that is a perfectly fine thing.”


133. “Success…is no longer a simple ascension of steps. You need to climb sideways and sometimes down, and sometimes you need to swing from the jungle gym and establish your own turf somewhere else on the playground.” – Reid Hoffman


134. “People who take risk intelligently can usually actually make a lot more progress than people who don’t.” – Reid Hoffman


135. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” - Reid Hoffman


136. “Economic tough times are great times to be investing in the future.”


137. “Don’t try a second channel until you have your main flywheel working. Most successful companies dominate one channel.”


138. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” – LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman


139. “Be persistent, and hang on to your vision. And at the same time, be flexible.” – Reid Hoffman


140. “As Aaron Levie, the founder of the online file storage company Box noted in a tweet in 2014, “Sizing the market for a disruptor based on an incumbent’s market is like sizing a car industry off how many horses there were in 1910.”


141. “Take intelligent and bold risks to accomplish something great. Build a network of alliances to help you with intelligence, resources, and collective action. Pivot to a breakout opportunity.”


142. “What got you here won’t get you there.”


143. “Before dreaming about the future or marking plans, you need to articulate what you already have going for you – as entrepreneurs do.”


144. “The other main challenge of operational scalability comes from the strain of scaling up the nonhuman infrastructure of the business. It doesn’t matter how much demand you generate if your infrastructure can’t handle it.”


145. “If you aren’t embarrassed by the first version of your product, you shipped too late.”


146. “A business without loyalty is a business without long-term thinking. A business without long-term thinking is a business that’s unable to invest in the future.” – Reid Hoffman


147. “Pay attention to your culture and your hires from the very beginning.”


148. “Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky. They’re attached to people. If you’re looking for an opportunity, you’re really looking for a person.” – Reid Hoffman


149. “Stockpiling facts won’t get you anywhere. What will get you somewhere is being able to access the information you need, when you need it.”


150. “When your organization is growing 300 percent per year, you might have to promote people before they’re ready and then swap them out if they sink rather than swim.”


151. “As a child, I wondered often, ‘Why are we? What is the meaning of life?’ These questions made me realize that life is what has meaning—not just individual lives, but all of our lives.”


152. “During the early stages of blitzscaling—Family and Tribe—it’s easier to take risks because you don’t have much to lose.”


153. “The most entrepreneurial employees want to establish “personal brands” that stand apart from their employers’. It’s a rational, necessary response to the end of lifetime employment.” – Reid Hoffman


154. “Many blitzscalers, such as Amazon or the Chinese hardware makers Huawei and Xiaomi, deliberately price their products to maximize market share rather than gross margins. As Jeff Bezos is fond of saying, “Your margin is my opportunity”


155. “For life in permanent beta, the trick is to never stop starting. The start-up is you.”


156. “As we’ve already seen, most great ideas look dumb at first. Being contrarian doesn’t mean that dumb people disagree with you; it means that smart people disagree with you!”


157. “There are opportunities that you get during crises times. Crises times are a great time to start a business.” Reid Hoffman


158. “Relationships help you find opportunities.” Reid Hoffman


159. “You have to be constantly reinventing yourself and investing in the future.” Reid Hoffman


160. “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” — Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder


161. “It’s very conventional to say that you’re a contrarian these days.”


162. “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose.”


163. “When evaluating market size, it’s also critical to try to account for how lower costs and product improvements can expand markets by appealing to new customers, in addition to seizing market share from existing players.”


164. “A networker likes to meet people. I don’t. I like accomplishing things in the world. You meet people when you want to accomplish something.”


165. “If you’re not growing, you’re contracting.” Reid Hoffman


166. “The only way to thrive in this fast-changing world is to accept the inevitability of change.”


167. “Social networks do best when they tap into one of the seven deadly sins. Facebook is ego. Zynga is sloth. LinkedIn is greed.”


168. “Whatever the situation, actions, not plans, generate lessons that help you test your hypotheses against reality.” – Reid Hoffman


169. “In public market investing, as in many things, you achieve big success when you’re both contrarian and right.”


170. “Hard work isn’t enough. And more work is never the real answer. The sort of grit you need to scale a business is less reliant on brute force. It’s actually one part determination, one part ingenuity, and one part laziness.” – Reid Hoffman


171. “All humans are entrepreneurs, not because they should start companies, but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA, and creation is the essence of entrepreneurship.” - Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn


172. “All humans are entrepreneurs, not because they should start companies, but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA” – Reid Hoffman


173. “By 2030 over 2 billion jobs will disappear.”


174. “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” Reid Hoffman


175. “technological innovation alone doesn’t make for a thriving company.”


176. What will get you somewhere is being able to access the information you need, when you need it.


177. “An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff, and builds a plane on his way down.” – Reid Hoffman


178. “The person passionate about what he or she is doing will outwork and outlast the guy motivated solely by making money.” ― Reid Hoffman. Please read a Wisdom Story about this quote.


179. “The underpinnings of the alliance: the company helps the employee transform his career; the employee helps the company transform.”


180. “the cold and unromantic fact is that a good product with great distribution will almost always beat a great product with poor distribution.”


181. “Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky. They’re attached to people. If you’re looking for an opportunity, you’re really looking for a person.”


182. “The team you build is the company you build.”


183. “Not only CAN anyone be an entrepreneur, but they MUST be.”


184. “One thing I learned in '97, when I thought the right time to found a company was during a swing-up, is that it's much better to start during an economic downturn. Partnerships are easier; hiring is easier; and the competition starts later.”


185. “Whether you want to learn a new skill or simply be better at the job you were hired to do, it’s now your job to train and invest in yourself.” – Reid Hoffman


186. “his personal website, Casnocha.com.”


187. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”


188. “If you can get better at your job, you should be an active member of LinkedIn, because LinkedIn should be connecting you to the information, insights and people to be more effective.”


189. “No business can grow forever, simply because no market is infinite. You blitzscale when your market is big or growing fast”


190. “One of the most underrated and underappreciated proven patterns is the news feed. Facebook’s powerful network effects allow the site to attract its users, but its innovation of the news feed has made it a world-class business.”


191. “If I ever hear a founder talk about oh this is how I have a balanced life so on and so forth - they’re not committed to winning.” – Reid Hoffman


192. “Third, blitzscaling opens up access to capital, because investors generally prefer to back market leaders.”


193. “In software, speed to market, speed to learning is really key. In hardware, if you screw it up, you’re dead. So accuracy really matters.”


194. “Generally, you should start adding threads when it’s strategically necessary, and with a realistic assessment of the negative impact that multithreading will have on organizational focus, resource efficiency, and so on.”


195. “Mercenaries go for the sprint; missionaries go for the marathon….”


196. “You jump off a cliff and you assemble an airplane on the way down.”


197. “All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.” — Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn


198. “For example, I was one of the first start-up leaders in Silicon Valley to borrow the “chief of staff” concept from the realm of politics and established corporations.”


199. “What makes the meaning of life is people, so you try to be good to people immediately around you and in your broader community. So a lot of my projects are about how I can affect the world in the hundreds of millions.”


200. “Data is the lifeblood of decision making for any company, but it is particularly fundamental if it informs the design of your product, or if acquisition marketing is your key distribution strategy.”


201. “We believe that when the right talent meets the right opportunity in a company with the right philosophy, amazing transformation can happen.”


202. “In a sentence, as you meet your friends and new people, shift from asking yourself the very natural question of “What’s in it for me?” and ask instead, “What’s in it for us?” All follows from that.”


203. “Seeing what someone’s reading is like seeing the first derivative of their thinking.”


204. “Blitzscaling is unlikely to prove successful if another company has already achieved first-scaler advantage.”


205. “If you don't start out aiming for the big game, you almost never can get there.”


206. “New companies rarely have the reach or resources to simply pour money into advertising campaigns. Instead, they have to find creative ways to tap into existing networks to distribute their products.”


207. “I've often said that starting a company is like jumping off a cliff and assembling a plane on the way down”


208. “Blitzscaling is prioritizing speed over efficiency in the face of uncertainty.” ― Reid Hoffman


209. “We don’t celebrate failure in Silicon Valley. We celebrate learning.” – Reid Hoffman


210. “A business that isn’t investing in tomorrow’s opportunities and technologies – well, that’s a company already in the process of dying.” – Reid Hoffman


211. “Great opportunities almost never fit your schedule.” – Reid Hoffman


212. “What happens during recessions, is you have less windfalls just helping you cover mistakes. You have to be more careful about not making mistakes.” – Reid Hoffman


213. “If you don’t start out aiming for the big game, you almost never can get there.”


214. “Figure out how to get into the networks because they are what amplifies your learnings, give you access to opportunity, information and Intelligence to know what to do.”


215. “If you tune it so that you have zero chance of failure, you usually also have zero chance of success. The key is to look at ways for when you get to your failure checkpoint, you know to stop.” —Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn


216. “The person passionate about what he or she is doing will outwork and outlast the guy motivated solely by making money.”


217. “It’s great to be one to three years too early. Ten years too early is terrible.”


218. “We don’t know of a single start-up that succeeded without starting out as single-threaded. That focus is the key to beating larger competitors in the early stages of a company’s existence.”


219. “The value of being connected and transparent is so high that the roadbumps of privacy issues are much lower in actual experience than people’s fears.”


220. “Part of the entrepreneurial thing is there are lots of ways to die.”


221. “Every internet entrepreneur should answer these questions: How do we get to 1 million users? Then how do we get to 10 million users? Then how will you get deep engagement by your users.” Reid Hoffman


222. “Get busy livin’, or get busy dyin’. If you’re not growing, you’re contracting. If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward.”


223. “Get busy livin’, or get busy dyin’. If you’re not growing, you’re contracting. If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward.”― Reid Hoffman


224. “They scribbled observations in notebooks.”


225. “Broadly, the meaning of life comes from how we interact with each other. The internet can reconfigure space so that the right people are always next to each other.”


226. “When you’re doing work you care about, you are able to work harder and better.”


227. The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.


228. “To change the world, startup entrepreneurs need to capitalize on the relatively small number of transformative opportunities they encounter early on in their journeys. This is equally true when it comes to your career.”


229. “Business model innovation is how start-ups are able to outcompete established competitors who typically hold a host of advantages over any upstarts.”


230. “If you’re not growing, you’re contracting.” – Reid Hoffman


231. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” —Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn


232. “Easy success had transformed the American auto companies into risk-averse, nonmeritocratic, bloated bureaucracies.”


233. “Brian Chesky of Airbnb defines culture in a simple and concise way: “a shared way of doing things.”


234. “Help the people in your network and let them help you.” – Reid Hoffman


235. “It’s better to be in front of a big change than to be behind it.” ― Reid Hoffman


236. “Unfortunately, for far too many, focused learning ends at college graduation. They read about stocks and bonds instead of reading books that improve their mind.”


237. “Entrepreneurial employees possess what eBay CEO John Donahoe calls the founder mind-set. As he put it to us, “People with the founder mind-set drive change, motivate people, and just get stuff done.”


238. “This emphasis makes sense in an environment where companies need to seek product/market fit for new and rapidly changing products and markets.”


239. “Hard work isn’t enough, and more work is never the real answer.” Reid Hoffman


240. “For many people ’20 years of experience’ is really one year of experience repeated 20 times.”


241. “Silicon Valley is a mindset, not a location.” – Reid Hoffman


242. “Third prize is you’re fired,”


243. “Finished ought to be an F-word for all of us. We are all works in progress. Each day presents an opportunity to learn more, do more, be more, grow more in our lives and careers.”


244. “Until you hear ‘no,’ you haven’t been turned down. Keeping your options open is frequently more of a risk than committing to a plan of action.”


245. “Be persistent, and hang on to your vision. And at the same time, be flexible.”


246. “Virality almost always requires a product that is either free or freemium”


247. “You have to be constantly reinventing yourself and investing in the future.”


248. “When Selina Tobaccowala joined SurveyMonkey in 2009, she had to build up the company’s data infrastructure quickly.”


249. “while we knew meetings were important, we didn’t designate a note taker to capture key points and action items, a common and basic practice in Silicon Valley.”


250. “A leader’s job is not to put greatness into people, but rather to recognize that it already exists, and to create the environment where that greatness can emerge and grow.”


251. “When the naysayers are loud, turn up the music.” – Reid Hoffman


252. “For life in permanent beta, the trick is to never stop starting.” ― Reid Hoffman


253. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” —Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn


254. “To put WeChat in an American context, it’s as if one single service combined the functions of Facebook, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Venmo, Grubhub, Amazon, Uber, Apple Pay, Gmail, and even Slack into a single megaservice.”


255. “When you have an idea, a classic entrepreneurial impulse is to hold the idea close to you and not tell people and that’s almost always a mistake.”


256. “It’s nice to be happy. But the meaning of life is meaning – what’s the impact you’re having on the world. Suffering to accomplish that is a perfectly fine thing.” – Reid Hoffman


257. “Until you hear “No,” you haven’t been turned down.”


258. No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team. – Reid Hoffman


259. “Everything in life has some risk, and what you have to actually learn to do is how to navigate it.” – Reid Hoffman


260. “The reality is: a founder is someone who deals with a ton of different headaches and no one is universally super powered.”


261. “A networker likes to meet people. I don’t. I like accomplishing things in the world. You meet people when you want to accomplish something.” Reid Hoffman


262. “For many people “twenty years of experience” is really one year of experience repeated twenty times.” ― Reid Hoffman. Please read a Wisdom Story about this quote.


263. “It is like the feeling you have when someone says your first name all the time in conversation and you know he’s been reading Carnegie.”


264. “A big market has both a large number of potential customers and a variety of efficient channels for reaching those customers.”


265. “There’s an ability to learn & adapt, an ability to constantly have a vision that’s driving you, but to be taking input from all sources.”


266. “Until you hear “No,” you haven’t been turned down.” – Reid Hoffman


267. “If you don’t start out aiming for the big game, you almost never can get there.” – Reid Hoffman (This is one of the best Reid Hoffman quotes for entrepreneurs. Set high goals!)


268. “If you are not receiving or making at least one introduction a month, you are probably not fully engaging your extended professional network.”


269. “A major mistake made by many start-ups around the world is focusing on the technology, the software, the product, and the design, but neglecting to ever figure out the business.”


270. “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.”– Reid Hoffman, co-founder LinkedIn


271. “Society flourishes when people think entrepreneurially.”


272. “Success is no longer a simple ascension of steps. You need to climb sideways and sometimes down, and sometimes you need to swing from the jungle gym and establish your own turf somewhere else on the playground.”


273. “Ultimately, the alignment of interests, values, and aspirations increases the odds of a long-term strong alliance between a company and its talent.” – Reid Hoffman


274. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy is, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” – Reid Hoffman (Entrepreneur)


275. “The opportunity to build an enduring product far outweighs the cost of alienating a few users along the way. And the sooner you internalize that trade-off, the faster you’ll move along the path to scale.” – Reid Hoffman


276. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team” - Reid Hoffman


277. “The fabric of society, of a network of relations, is key to being successful.”


278. “Brilliant thinking is rare, but courage is in even shorter supply than genius.”


279. “The metaphor that I frequently use for entrepreneurship is jumping off a cliff and assembling an airplane plane on the way down.”


280. “We can’t recall a single instance of a company that grew to a massive scale by leveraging the virality of a paid product.”


281. “A business without loyalty is a business without long-term thinking. A business without long-term thinking is a business that’s unable to invest in the future.”


282. “The value of being connected and transparent is so high that the roadbumps of privacy issues are much lower in actual experience than people's fears.”


283. “You remake yourself as you grow and as the world changes. Your identity doesn’t get found. It emerges.” Reid Hoffman


284. “One of the phrases I frequently look for is infinite learning curve.Because each entrepreneurial pattern is to some degree unique and new.”


285. “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”


286. “One of the challenges in networking is everybody thinks it's making cold calls to strangers. Actually, it's the people who already have strong trust relationships with you, who know you're dedicated, smart, a team player, who can help you.”


287. “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” —Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn


288. “if you need to choose between getting to market quickly with an imperfect product or getting to market slowly with a “perfect” product, choose the imperfect product nearly every time.”


289. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” Reid Hoffman


290. “while geography can present challenges to blitzscaling, they become much more solvable if you’re aware of them.”


291. “There are opportunities that you get during crises times. Crises times are a great time to start a business.” – Reid Hoffman


292. “A leader’s job is not to put greatness into people, but rather to recognize that it already exists, and to create the environment where that greatness can emerge and grow.” – Reid Hoffman


293. “The first step to scale is to renounce your desire to scale.”


294. “I actually think every individual is now an entrepreneur, whether they recognize it or not.”


295. “Ironically, in a changing world, playing it safe is one of the riskiest things you can do.”


296. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team” – Reid Hoffman


297. “Everyone Is Now An Entrepreneur, Whether They Recognise It Or Not.”


298. “What can we do to surprise you?” or “What would it take for me to design something that you would literally tell every single person you’ve ever encountered?”


299. “People should be part of building the future rather than feeling like the future is being”


300. “If You Are Not Embarrassed By Your First Product, Then You’Ve Launched Too Late.”


301. “Great opportunities almost never fit your schedule.”


302. “People who take risk intelligently can usually actually make a lot more progress than people who don’t.” Reid Hoffman


303. “It’s better to be the best connected than the most connected.”


304. “I don’t normally think of my most successful moments, because like most entrepreneurs, I tend to think that however high of a mountain I’ve climbed, I’m always looking at the next mountain to climb.”


305. “One lunch is worth dozens of emails.”


306. “I am most heartened when I’m talking to a team when they’re reasoning to each other.”


307. “In the venture capital industry, just picking winners is a losing strategy. The goal is to pick blockbusters, companies that can scale from a team of founders in a garage to a multi-billion dollar IPO in less than a decade.” Reid Hoffman


308. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder and venture capitalist


309. “At a higher level of abstraction, successful scale-ups place more emphasis on adaptation than optimization”


310. “A great leader’s drumbeat doesn’t force people to follow them; it inspires them to want to move in the same direction.”


311. “An inflection point at your company or industry usually will require you to either change your skills or change your environment. In other words, it will often require you to pivot.”


312. “Seeing what someone’s reading is like seeing the first derivative of their thinking.” – Reid Hoffman


313. “Unfortunately, for far too many, focused learning ends at college graduation. They read about stocks and bonds instead of reading books that improve their mind.” – Reid Hoffman


314. “Great companies and great businesses often seem to be bad ideas when they first appear because business model innovations—by their very definition—can’t point to a proven business model to demonstrate why they’ll work.”


315. “Finished ought to be an F-word for all of us. We are all works in progress. Each day presents an opportunity to learn more, do more, be more, grow more in our lives and careers.”


316. “Ideally, most of the top executives of a company should be on Foundational tours.”


317. “Before dreaming about the future or marking plans, you need to articulate what you already have going for you - as entrepreneurs do.”


318. “One of the challenges in networking is everybody thinks it’s making cold calls to strangers. Actually, it’s the people who already have strong trust relationships with you, who know you’re dedicated, smart, a team player, who can help you.”


319. “Entrepreneurship is a life idea, not a strictly business one; a global idea, not a strictly American one.”


320. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” — Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn


321. “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.”


322. “Everything in life has some risk, and what you have to actually learn to do is how to navigate it.” - Reid Hoffman


323. “If you run out of market headroom, all that speed and momentum will come to a crashing halt as you slam into your market’s ceiling.”


324. “I think, as a rule of thumb, if you’re a good entrepreneur you can assume that your instincts are right 95 percent of the time and your ideas might be right 25 percent of the time.”


325. When you're doing work you care about, you are able to work harder and better.


326. “Finished ought to be an F-word for all of us. We are all works in progress. Each day presents an opportunity to learn more, do more, be more, grow more in our lives and careers.” – Reid Hoffman


327. “Weak cultures are diffuse; people act differently, and don’t understand each other, and it becomes political.”


328. “Trust and mutual value creation helps both employer and employee compete in the marketplace.”


329. “Your teams need the ability—and the manpower—to relentlessly pursue a specific objective; asking a team to split its time between two different business lines is likely to result in the failure of both.”


330. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” –Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn Co-Founder, and Venture Capitalist


331. No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you're playing a solo game, you'll always lose out to a team. -- Reid Hoffman


332. “Start a personal blog and begin developing a public reputation and public portfolio of work that’s not tied to your employer.”


333. “The way you deal with bullies is you change their economic equation. Make it more expensive for them to hassle you.” – Reid Hoffman


334. “The real secret of Silicon Valley is that it’s really all about the people.”


335. “The team you build is the company you build”


336. “Establish an identity independent of your employer, city, and industry.” – Reid Hoffman


337. “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” – Reid Hoffman


338. “One of the tests that I frequently use in an interaction is I push on the idea and what I’m looking for is both flexibility & persistence.”


339. “One of the challenges you face as you build up your data capabilities is that your strategy can disappear behind the numbers. The numbers might not measure the real health of the business or reveal the real major threats you face.”


340. “Don’t ask people, “What do you think of my idea?” Ask them, “What’s wrong with my idea?”


341. Whatever the situation, actions, not plans, generate lessons that help you test your hypotheses against reality.


342. “Society flourishes when people think entrepreneurially.” – Reid Hoffman


343. “if the fires at your start-up are burning money but not touching the customer, and if you’re able to afford the waste, you might be able to literally buy time and ignore them.”


344. “Product/market fit means being in a good market with a product that can satisfy that market.” – Reid Hoffman


345. Before dreaming about the future or marking plans, you need to articulate what you already have going for you - as entrepreneurs do.


346. “Your network is the people who want to help you, and you want to help them, and that’s really powerful.”


347. “In the Family stage, you should hire only generalists.”


348. “Good ideas need good strategy to realize their potential.” – Reid Hoffman


349. “Embracing chaos, on the other hand, means accepting that uncertainty exists and therefore taking steps to manage it.”


350. “Technology innovation is the most common trigger for launching a new market or upending an existing one.”


351. “A lot of smart people are prone to over-analysis and tend to become paralyzed by indecision”


352. “Founder Brian Chesky describes this strategy succinctly: “Do everything by hand until it’s too painful, then automate”


353. “First mover Advantage doesn’t go to the company that starts up, it goes to the company that scales up.”


354. “In contrast, a growth team’s engineers can move far faster because building scalable and extensible testing infrastructure is a core part of their jobs.”


355. “it’s not necessarily any easier to sell a low-margin product than a high-margin product.”


356. “Everything in life has some risk, and what you have to actually learn to do is how to navigate it.” Reid Hoffman


357. “Most often I am only interested in an idea if it’s going to get hundreds of millions of users. That’s the scale that I am always trying to play to.” Reid Hoffman


358. “Involve yourself in organizations that try to systemically improve society at a massive scale.” – Reid Hoffman


359. “You remake yourself as you grow and as the world changes. Your identity doesn’t get found. It emerges.” – Reid Hoffman


360. “First mover Advantage doesn’t go to the company that starts up, it goes to the company that scales up.” – Reid Hoffman


361. “Not only can anyone be an entrepreneur, but they must be.” – Reid Hoffman


362. “All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.” —Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn


363. “The most basic growth factor to consider for your business model is market size.”


364. “The first technique of blitzscaling is to design an innovative business model that can truly grow.”


365. “For life in permanent beta, the trick is to never stop starting.”


366. “In the venture capital industry, just picking winners is a losing strategy. The goal is to pick blockbusters, companies that can scale from a team of founders in a garage to a multi-billion dollar IPO in less than a decade.” – Reid Hoffman


367. “When the Naysayers Are Loud, Turn Up the Music”


368. “No one cares who you are or are not dating on LinkedIn.”


369. “An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff, and builds a plane on his way down.” Reid Hoffman


370. “The slide shows he created for my book The Start-up of You have been viewed nearly fifteen million times.”


371. “My belief and goal is that every professional in the world should be on a service liked LinkedIn.” – Reid Hoffman


372. What’s yours?)


373. “I strongly believe that as a whole company, you can’t get behind more than three to five metrics.”


374. “Your network is the people who want to help you, and you want to help them, and that’s really powerful.” Reid Hoffman


375. “Sizing the market for a disruptor based on an incumbent’s market is like sizing a car industry off how many horses there were in 1910.”


376. “Rather than delegate work you’re doing to others, can you hire people who amplify the work you do? The goal here isn’t to free you up from your work so that you can do other things; it’s to make the things you do much more impactful.”


377. “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” – Reid Hoffman (This is one of my favorite Reid Hoffman quotes and advice. What’s yours?)


378. “Entrepreneurs are like visionaries. One of the ways they run forward is by viewing the thing they’re doing as something that’s going to be the whole world.” – Reid Hoffman


379. “The only time that it makes sense to blitzscale is when (whether for offensive or defensive reasons) you have determined that speed into the market is the critical strategy to achieve massive outcomes.”


380. “The key thing for all businesses, and especially of course technology businesses or businesses that employ technology as a key kind of strategic advantage, is you always have to be investing in the future.” – Reid Hoffman


381. “If you want to find out how resourceful you can be, shrink your budget. Move your deadlines up. See how you cope. This may make you more resilient to actual hardships that inevitably arise.”


382. “It's better to be the best connected than the most connected.”


383. “Relationships help you find opportunities.”


384. “You remake yourself as you grow and as the world changes. Your identity doesn’t get found. It emerges.”


385. “Network effects generate a positive feedback loop that can allow the first product or service that taps into those effects to build an unassailable competitive advantage.”


386. “I like to generate fresh, innovative ways to play defense by asking my team, “If we were trying to compete with ourselves, what we would do? What if we were a start-up? Google? Facebook? Microsoft?”


387. “All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA, and creation is the essence of entrepreneurship.” – Reid Hoffman


388. “Society flourishes when people think entrepreneurally.”


389. No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you're playing a solo game, you'll always lose out to a team.


390. “An entrepreneur is someone who will jump off a cliff and assemble an airplane on the way down.”― Reid Hoffman. Please read a Wisdom Story about this quote.


391. “it’s better to be in front of a big change than to be behind it.”


392. “Each year, I ask, ‘Now that I have this knowledge, these resources, what can I do?'” – Reid Hoffman


393. “Laser Careers. Main Thing Careers. Portfolio Careers.”


394. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder of LinkedIn


395. Take action and believe in yourself. Dreams do come true.


396. “All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.”


397. “One of the classic Silicon Valley plays is to move from an app to a platform so that you can attract people to build on and to your platform (thereby leveraging the network effect of compatibility”


398. “Giving birth to something that could possibly change the lives of millions of people for possibly decades, hundreds of years, whatever the length of time the run is, is a great feeling.”


399. “All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.” —Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn


400. “How you manage your own personal career is the exact way you manage a small business. Your brand matters.” – Reid Hoffman


401. “You should have an investment thesis that essentially says why you think this is potentially a good idea.”


402. “The key issue when you’re looking at cost cutting is to always plan for the future.” – Reid Hoffman


403. “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” – Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder


404. “The person passionate about what he or she is doing will outwork and outlast the guy motivated solely focused on making money.” Reid Hoffman


405. “your chief of staff should amplify your business impact: he or she should be a businessperson who can not only make certain decisions for you but also triage the important decisions that you have to make yourself.”


406. “Hard work isn’t enough. And more work is never the real answer. The sort of grit you need to scale a business is less reliant on brute force. It’s actually one part determination, one part ingenuity, and one part laziness.”


407. “I believe I am skilled at __________, I believe I find meaning in __________, I believe the market needs __________.”


408. “In crisis times, it’s actually not more difficult to motivate your staff, because everyone gets much more focused on how they control their own economic destiny.” Reid Hoffman


409. “A networker likes to meet people. I don’t. I like accomplishing things in the world. You meet people when you want to accomplish something.” – Reid Hoffman


410. “Great companies and great businesses often seem to be bad ideas when they first appear because business model innovations—by their very definition—can’t point to a proven business model to demonstrate why they’ll work.” ― Reid Hoffman


411. “Having a great idea for a product is important, but having a great idea for product distribution is even more important.” – Reid Hoffman


412. “The future is sooner and stranger than you think.” Reid Hoffman


413. “starting a company is like jumping off a cliff and assembling an airplane on the way down. If you run out of money for the fuel and parts you need to get airborne, no one will ever get to find out how efficiently you spent it along the way!”


414. “If I ever hear a founder talk about oh this is how I have a balanced life so on and so forth — they’re not committed to winning.”


415. “Many people think you get career stability by minimizing all risk. But ironically, in a changing world, that’s one of the riskiest things you can do.”


416. “change is the only constant,”


417. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product you’ve launched too late.” Reid Hoffman


418. “Change is the only constant.” – Reid Hoffman


419. “All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA.” — Reid Hoffman


420. “In this sense, the world of tomorrow will be more like the Silicon Valley of today: constant change and chaos.”


421. “Successful blitzscaling is an exercise in serial problem solving.”


422. “A lot of smart people are prone to over-analysis and tend to become paralyzed by indecision” ― Reid Hoffman


423. “Only spend money to fix things that are on the critical path to reach the next phase of scale;”


424. “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” ― Reid Hoffman


425. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” — Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder


426. “Silicon Valley is a mindset, not a location.” Reid Hoffman


427. “If your company lacks meaningful official values, take the liberty of defining those values for your team.”


428. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you've launched too late.”


429. “Establish an identity independent of your employer, city, and industry.”


430. “Throwing your heart into something is great, but when any one thing becomes all that you stand for, you’re vulnerable to an identity crisis when you pivot to a Plan B.”


431. – “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” – Reid Hoffman


432. “The second growth factor needed for a strong, scalable business is distribution.”


433. “an ally’s references can help expand your circle of collaborators more quickly, enabling you to tackle ambitious new projects like writing a book.”


434. “If you want to build a strong network that will help you move ahead in your career, it’s vital to first take stock of the connections you already have.” – Reid Hoffman


435. “‘Keeping your options open’ is frequently more of a risk than committing to a plan of action.” – Reid Hoffman


436. “Finished ought to be an F-word for all of us. We are all works in progress. Each day presents an opportunity to learn more, do more, be more, grow more in our lives and careers.” ― Reid Hoffman


437. “Sometimes freedom from normal rules is what gives you a competitive advantage.” Reid Hoffman


438. “You’ve got to keep your personal learning curve ahead of the company’s growth curve.”


439. “Once the executive has earned the team’s trust and credibility, consider promoting him or her.”


440. “Success...is no longer a simple ascension of steps. You need to climb sideways and sometimes down, and sometimes you need to swing from the jungle gym and establish your own turf somewhere else on the playground.”


441. “Distribution Product Revenue model Operations Competition What’s next?”


442. “you need to think and act like you’re running a start-up: your career.”


443. “How you manage your own personal career is the exact way you manage a small business. Your brand matters.” Reid Hoffman


444. “No matter how brilliant your mind or strategy, if you’re playing a solo game, you’ll always lose out to a team.” – Reid Hoffman


445. “If you are not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you’ve launched too late.” —Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn


446. “Novelist Jonathan Franzen gets it right when he says inauthentic people are obsessed with authenticity”


447. “Each year, I ask, ‘Now that I have this knowledge, these resources, what can I do?'”


448. “It’s better to be the best connected than the most connected.” – Reid Hoffman


449. “So usually you have to have product distribution as more fundamental than what the actual product is.” Reid Hoffman


450. “The fastest way to change yourself is to hang out with people who are already the way you want to be.” —Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn


451. “When I’m raising money, this fundraising, I’m thinking about the next fundraising. I’m thinking how I’m set up for it.”


452. “Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky. They’re attached to people. If you’re looking for an opportunity, you’re really looking for a person.”


453. “Whether you want to learn a new skill or simply be better at the job you were hired to do, it’s now your job to train and invest in yourself.”


454. “Innovation comes from long-term thinking and iterative execution.” – Reid Hoffman


455. “You gotta be both flexible and persistent.”


456. “Ice melts into water; water boils into steam. As a start-up scales up from one phase to the next, it undergoes fundamental changes as well.”


457. “Everything in life has some risk, and what you have to actually learn to do is how to navigate it.”


458. “For many people 'twenty years of experience' is really one year of experience repeated twenty times.”


459. “Keeping your options open” is frequently more of a risk than committing to a plan of action.”


460. “An entrepreneur is someone who will jump off a cliff and assemble an airplane on the way down.” — Reid Hoffman, American Internet entrepreneur.


461. “Remember: If you don’t find risk, risk will find you.”


462. “When the quality of the questions drops, he knows, mid-pitch, that the real conversation is over—the rest is noise.”


463. “An entrepreneur is someone who jumps off a cliff and builds a plane on the way down.”


464. “If you are not receiving or making at least one introduction a month, you are probably not fully engaging your extended professional network.” – Reid Hoffman


465. “Data only exists within the framework of a vision you’re building to, a hypothesis of where you’re moving to.”


466. “If something worthwhile will be riskier in five years than it is now, be more aggressive about taking it on now. As you age and build more assets, your risk tolerance shifts.”


467. “There are only three ways to scale yourself: delegation, amplification, and just plain making yourself better.”


468. “One of the ways they run forward is by viewing the thing they’re doing as something that’s going to be the whole world.”


469. “There is a scientific term for out-of-control growth in the human body: “cancer.” In this context, uncontrolled growth is clearly undesirable. The same is true for a business.”


470. “Don’t have anything to do with closed-minded people. Being open-minded is much more important than being bright or smart.”


471. “We don’t celebrate failure in Silicon Valley. We celebrate learning.”


472. “An entrepreneur is someone who will jump off a cliff and assemble an airplane on the way down.”


473. “The real value creation comes when innovative technology enables innovative products and services with innovative business models.”


474. “Theodore Roosevelt’s famous dictum, ‘Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.'”


475. “old economy” businesses often have low gross margins. Growing wheat is a low-margin business, as is selling goods in a store or serving food in a restaurant.”


476. “One lunch is worth dozens of emails.” ― Reid Hoffman


477. “This is classic when you begin thinking about what is a great founder is, you navigate what is apparent paradoxes.”


478. “Every internet entrepreneur should answer these questions: How do we get to 1 million users? Then how do we get to 10 million users? Then how will you get deep engagement by your users.” – Reid Hoffman


479. “Often it’s when you come in contact with challenges other people find hard but you find easy that you know you’re in possession of a valuable soft asset.3”


480. “Second, you can leverage your lead to build long-term competitive advantages before other players are able to respond.”


481. “If something worthwhile will be riskier in five years than it is now, be more aggressive about taking it on now. As you age and build more assets, your risk tolerance shifts.”


482. “Get busy livin’, or get busy dyin’. If you’re not growing, you’re contracting. If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward.” – Reid Hoffman


483. “Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”5”


484. “As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anyone wanna see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you’re fired. Get the picture?”


485. “Many people think you get career stability by minimizing all risk. But ironically, in a changing world, that’s one of the riskiest things you can do.”


486. “First, you can take the market by surprise, bypassing heavily defended niches to exploit breakout opportunities.”


487. “Stockpiling facts won’t get you anywhere. What will get you somewhere is being able to access the information you need, when you need it.” ― Reid Hoffman


488. “You gotta be both flexible and persistent.” Reid Hoffman


489. “Ultimately, the alignment of interests, values, and aspirations increases the odds of a long-term strong alliance between a company and its talent.” Reid Hoffman


490. “Be persistent, and hang on to your vision. And at the same time, be flexible.”


491. “Help the people in your network. And let them help you.”


492. “You remake yourself as you grow and as the world changes. Your identity doesn’t get found. It emerges.”


493. “The same instincts that make us good students can make us lousy entrepreneurs.” – Reid Hoffman


494. “for many people “twenty years of experience” is really one year of experience repeated twenty times.”


495. “So if you want to truly learn from your customers, you have to be willing to follow them wherever they lead you, and even let them hijack your product and use it in ways you hadn’t intended.”


496. If you want to build a strong network that will help you move ahead in your career, it's vital to first take stock of the connections you already have.


497. “There are no job descriptions for founders. If the role doesn’t change, there’s something wrong.”


498. “One lunch is worth dozens of emails.” – Reid Hoffman


499. “Professional loyalty now flows "horizontally" to and from your network rather than "vertically" to your boss, as Dan Pink has noted.”


500. “Throwing your heart into something is great, but when any one thing becomes all that you stand for, you're vulnerable to an identity crisis when you pivot to a Plan B.”

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