The Best of Ed Latimore: Big Ideas From His Last 3,000 Tweets

Dear Everybody,

Ed Latimore is a best-selling author, former professional heavyweight boxer, and competitive chess player. His writing focuses on self-improvement and a practical approach to stoic philosophy.

I organized and distilled his last 3,000 tweets into a summary of his big ideas, in two parts:

  1. Growth, Self-Empowerment, and Self-Sufficiency Mindset

  2. Quotes on Living Your Life With Purpose


The game is ruthless…

  • Nature doesn’t care about your opinion

  • The universe doesn't have it out for you

  • Power and influence are amoral 

You aren't special…

  • No one is coming to save you

  • No one cares what happened to you

  • No one cares what you’ve been through

Avoid danger…

  • Learn to maximize benefits

  • Be able to move fast if the shit hits the fan

  • Use good times to get ready for hard times

Remember, for real tests, there are no retakes…

  • Stay ready so you don't have to get ready

  • You only see the holes in the roof when it starts raining

  • The worst time to learn how to swim is while you're drowning

Always want the truth…

  • Even if it doesn’t agree with your truth

  • Especially if it doesn’t agree with your truth

  • (Shut up and get ahead)

Always accept the truth…

  • Accept what you’ve done

  • Accept you’re powerless to change the past

  • Accept forgiveness from yourself

Face your flaws…

  • Admit you have problems 

  • (Ignoring your flaws is the greatest source of tragedy)

  • (When lies catch up, it’s ten times worse than if you had just faced them from the start)

Let shit go (i.e. get ready to change)…

  • You don’t need consent

  • You just need to embrace what you want to become

Help yourself change (i.e. work on your flaws)…

  • Deal with your problems

  • Take care of what you can

  • Start using things to your advantage

It’s almost never too late to do better…

  • Make yourself do something

  • Take one positive action now

  • The longer it takes to change, the harder it is to change

Remember, the world will go on no matter how you feel…

  • Don’t look for pity

  • Feelings are not the basis of a sound argument

  • Entitlement and hustle don't play nice together

  • If you think the world owes you something, why would you work your ass off to get it?

Along the way, never ignore red flags…

  • Eliminate self-destructive behavior

  • Destroy whatever casts sinister shadows 

  • The best advice comes disguised as a warning

  • Be unreasonable about the bullshit you let seep into your life

Never underestimate how much you can lose by choosing the wrong company to keep…

  • Reduce hatred in your environment 

  • “Go where there's weather you enjoy”

  • Never forget, you’re a product of your environment, and your actions reinforce the influence that the environment has over you

Don't trust people who try to convince you of anything regarding their character…

  • If you learn how to listen, a person will tell you anything you want to know

  • Good qualities speak just as loudly as bad qualities through action

  • You can't judge a book by it's cover, but you can make some pretty accurate guesses

Be at peace with yourself…

  • You gotta do you

  • Find people who dig you as you

  • Be your best self and you’ll attract the best people for you

Get that hustle up…

  • Put skin in the game

  • Fight hard ass monsters

  • Grind out from the ground up 

  • Embrace the burden of performance 

  • Don’t just have an opinion! 

Get (and keep) control over yourself…

  • You’ll become untouchable

  • You’ll add richness and depth to your life

  • You’ll know to concentrate on what you can control

Walk with a guide…

  • The fastest way to become successful is to learn from other successful people

  • A good teacher can shave years off your learning curve, even if you already have talent

  • You don't have to agree with someone's perspective to learn from it

Push past limits in prep and practice…

  • The best hunter of monsters is a worse monster

  • You only know where the edge is by going over it

  • Do what needs to be done when you don’t want to do it

  • Once you've pushed yourself enough, the noise of reality gets turned down 

Meanwhile, be likeable…

  • Be kind

  • Be polite

  • Be engaging

  • Make it easy for people to see the best in you

  • Don't be a kiss ass, but people should be excited to see you

  • When people like you, they'll go out of their way to help you succeed

But never try too hard to make people like you…

  • Improving your life can piss people off 

  • Refuse to make apologies for being different

  • Good manners and standing up for yourself are not mutually exclusive

  • Don’t backpeddle

Take shit on the chin…

  • Bad shit doesn’t make you a victim

  • Even when you win, some people will think you lost

  • Some people will refuse to see you what you've become

Choose your battles wisely…

  • If you're gonna be a thinker, you also have to be a strategist

  • You can't expect long-term moves to make sense to short-term thinkers

  • Keep a low profile and mind your own business

  • (It's hard to hustle someone who wants to do right by other people)

Trust that hustlers get lucky opportunities...

  • Almost every stroke of luck is preceded by immense preparation

  • Be in the right place at the right time long enough for something good to happen

  • (Luck is simply the things that happen that are beyond your control)

Remember, good things take a while…

  • Fix your attention on one thing

  • The long game is the strong game and the only game that will keep you in it

  • It's the little stuff done right for a long time that's responsible for most of your progress

Therefore, respect and value your time…

  • Each wasted moment will never return

  • Procrastination is a cruel thief that robs you of your most precious resource

  • The most disrespectful thing you can do is wasting a person's time (including your own)

Don’t pretend life is easy to figure out…

  • Some lessons you only get after you fail the test

  • You can only become a master through miscalculation and misstep

  • It’s not a mistake if you try something to improve your life and it doesn’t go as planned

So do the simple things right…

  • Don’t hit the snooze button

  • Don’t lay in bed on social media

  • Wake up and immediately start working out, cleaning, or writing

Exercise every day…

  • Physical discipline gives you the ability to change any emotional state

  • In other words, exercise is good for your emotional health 

  • Things that are annoying before a workout are hilarious afterwards

  • Further, emotional health enables clear thought, and clear thought keeps you from doing something irreversible that you might regret

Connect with people…

  • Be real about your flaws 

  • Don’t front like you have it all together

  • Get feedback from people with different backgrounds

  • Learning from others is how the smart get smarter

Document your growth…

  • Set goals and commit to them

  • You’ll know when you've grown when you look back at your old self with a bit of embarrassment

  • (When growth stops, death follows gingerly)

Practice gratitude…

  • Be grateful you made a change

  • If you didn't make the change yet, be grateful that you have a chance before it's too late

Lastly, some practical life advice:  don't smoke crack…

  • Don't borrow money from the wrong people

  • Never make eye contact with a crackhead on payday

In summary, and by definition…

  • Awful people don't tell you that they're awful

  • The path is full of adversity and void of support

  • As long as you don’t quit, you can’t really fail


Lies are necessary when the truth is too difficult to believe.

-Pablo Escobar

You follow drugs, you get drug addicts and drug dealers. But you start to follow the money, and you don’t know where the fuck it’s gonna take you.

-Detective Lester, The Wire

One ship sails east and another sails west,          

With the selfsame winds that blow. 

'Tis the set of the sail, and not the gale

Which determines the way they go.

-Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Comfort = Defense, and over time, decline.

Discomfort = Offense, and fuel for growth, over time.

-Alex (@TheForeverAlpha)

The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.

-G.K. Chesterton

You are the product of the people you surround yourself with:

It’s better to hang out with people better than you. 

Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.

-Warren Buffett

The less you can see with your eyes, the more you need to see with data.

-Tim McLean

It seems to me that truth is a product, a result, but honesty is a process, an attempt. 

And sometimes when you’re honest you get the truth and sometimes you don’t; honesty is no guarantee of veracity.

-Jack Four

History sure is more interesting when a leader rebels against the swamp of the system, and also when a man ignores his own personal cowardice and decides to act like a free man and override his fears of being an outcast.

-Roman McClay, Sanction

While multitasking isn’t bad for all occasions, if what you’re doing is important, it’s best you focus solely on this subject.

-Jose Rosado 

The problem is that people are different and we hate difference.

We, as a species are attracted to sameness at every level and there is no getting around this; except by lying. And so lying is exactly what the liberal reformers are doing.

-Roman McClay

Risks are distributed, not eliminated.

-John Osbon

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?

-Matthew 16:26 

There's a huge difference between being a savvy business owner, and someone with a hobby/passion that wants to make a living out of it (this bridge is often difficult to cross).

-Ryan Holmerr

Life is a long journey with a map written by a fool.

-Juan Nepomuceno Guerra

Just because you have a superior or even winning position doesn't mean there's nothing your opponent can do.

-Jeremy Silman, The Amateur's Mind: Turning Chess Misconceptions into Chess Mastery 

Love is the illusion that one woman differs from another.

-H.L. Mencken 

The difference between fact and fiction is that fiction has to make sense.

-Mark Twain 

You know it's real when you are who they think you are.


A man would do nothing, if he waited until he could do it so well that no one would find fault with what he has done.

-John Henry Newman

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