One of the challenges of being young is you don’t know what excellence looks like — you just don’t have the reps to know. So you should make it a priority to shortcut those reps in any way you can— read the books, find the people, look at the work. Over and over again.

Learning from failure is overvalued. Understanding success and more importantly, why it was successful, will create a useful mental model to jump off from.

But equally important to understanding excellence is not to be paralyzed by it. …

Sam Gerstenzang

Building @askumbrella. Previously building products, teams, and companies at @sidewalklabs & @imgur, investing at @a16z http://samgerstenzang.com

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