If you wanna level up - the fastest hack is to hangout with people who are ALREADY at that level.

The beauty of twitter is that you can hang with anyone.

The problem is ppl follow the wrong accounts. It's noisy as f*ck.

Here's 27 people you should follow (and why)👇
If you hang with smart, interesting, successful people - you will start to think & talk that way too.

We are monkeys that copy what we see. You can fight it, or use that to your advantage by surrounding yourself with people who you want to become more like.
Group 1: Smart, Rich, & Don't Give a F*ck (no filter)

@chamath - was early FB, has big balls, bet early on Bitcoin & SPACs

@rabois - kind of a dick but he's clearly smart

@balajis - this guy is from the future, and has come back in time to tell us what's going to happen
BTW - I'm recommending people who are:

* smart
* say interesting things
* successful (not just talkers)

Plenty of people are 2 of 3.

You need ALL 3 to make the list
Group 2: Business Buyers - they see the $$$s of 100s of businesses a year.

@awilkinson - built a $200M+ empire of internet businesses

@BrentBeshore - same as^, but non internet (unsexy) biz (eg. swimming pool repair, port-a-potty rentals)

@XavierHelgesen - he does both
Group 3: Real Estate Investors

@Keith_Wasserman - built a $1b+ multi-family apartment portfolio

@moseskagan - smart RE guy

@sweatystartup - buys self storage units & streamlines them
Group 4: Deep thinkers, Framework types:

@naval - philosophy meets business
@trengriffin - business fundementals
@eugenewei - media / startup stuff
@paulg - startups
@yishan - stuff
@ballmatthew - media stuff
@morganhousel - money stuff
Group 5: VCs who aren't just patting everyone (incl themselves) on the back

@wolfejosh - smart, hard tech investor, not afraid to call BS
@bgurley - one of the greats

Sadly this might be it
Group 6: Niche Specialists (in the weeds)

@woonomic - excellent bitcoin data analysis
@GoodMarketingHQ - I love the guy behind this
@nickjsheriff - app store stuff
@jayvasdigital - little business breakdowns
@Molson_Hart - random ecommerce stuff
@JoePompliano - sports+biz
Group 7: Successful Meme Gods (business + funny)

@nikitabier - sold company to fb, says smart stuff wrapped in jokes

@ChrisJBakke - same

@TurnerNovak - vc w/ hilarious tiktoks
Change your diet to the stuff these people put out.

your brain will have abs.

your welcome,
<3 shaan

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If you put those two together...

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I assumed he was bad news
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Let's break it down...
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