Shane Parrish

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1

You have to be willing to look like an idiot in the short run to outperform in the long run. While copying what others already do helps achieve average results quickly, common approaches never outperform. What ends as being better starts as being different.

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Doing what everyone else thinks you should do is almost always a sure path to average.

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Average teams solve C+ problems as a unit. Good teams can solve B+ problems. To solve A+ problems, however, you need individuals and not consensus. All organization face all of these types of problems. The good ones approach them differently.

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The best people need direction, not hierarchy; trust, not bureaucracy; and freedom, not excessive controls. These tools turn your great people into good ones so your less than average ones become average.

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Life is about average velocity not top speed.

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The difference between the expert and the average in any field is the speed at which they adapt to reality.

7

When you plan for averages you underestimate catastrophic risk.

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