Tim Ferris introduced Marc Andreseen with the following opening paragraphs in his book Tools of Titans.
Marc Andreessen is a legendary figure in Silicon Valley, and his creations have changed the world. Even in the epicenter of tech, it’s hard to find a more fascinating icon. Marc co-created the highly influential Mosaic browser, the first widely used graphical web browser. He also co-founded Netscape, which later sold to AOL for $ 4.2 billion. He then co-founded Loudcloud, which sold as Opsware to Hewlett-Packard for $ 1.6 billion. He’s considered one of the founding fathers of the modern Internet, alongside pioneers like Tim Berners-Lee, who launched the Uniform Resource Locator (URL), Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), and early HTML standards. This all makes him one of the few humans ever to create software categories used by more than a billion people and establish multiple billion-dollar companies.
With this as a foundation, Tim then shared the top quotes from Marc that can will challenge you to be a top achiever.
“My goal is not to fail fast. My goal is to succeed over the long run. They are not the same thing”
“To do original work: It’s not necessary to know something nobody else knows. It is necessary to believe something few other people believe.”
“Andy Grove had the answer: For every metric, there should be another ‘paired’ metric that addresses adverse consequences of the first metric.”
“Show me an incumbent big co failing to adapt to change, I’ll show you top execs paid huge cash compensation for quarterly and annual goals.”
“Every billionaire suffers from the same problem. Nobody around them ever says, ‘Hey, that stupid idea you just had is really stupid.’” “‘ Far more money has been lost by investors trying to anticipate corrections, than has been lost in corrections themselves.’— Peter Lynch”
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