Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on comparing yourself

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Comparing yourself to others is a guaranteed prescription for misery.


You are your actions, not your words. If you really wanted to do that amazing/hard thing you tell everyone you're going to do, you'd be doing, not talking. Jump in the trenches and start doing what you talk about or stop lying to yourself.


Your only competition is who you could be.


It's better to start something and risk looking like an idiot than sit there and accomplish nothing.


Growth should be measured in comparison to your former self, not others.


It's hard to escape average performance if you need someone to make sure you're focused and disciplined. The best — in any field — drive themselves when no one is around. They don't need someone pushing them.


You are not responsible for other people's opinions, feelings, or perceptions of you. They own that, not you.


Life becomes better when you stop thinking about what other people think. Play your own game.


So much of our time is spent worrying about the opinions of people that don’t ultimately matter to us.


You accomplish more when you try to do something rather than try to be someone.


Stop caring what other people think and focus on being the best version of yourself possible.


To make progress compare yourself to who you were this morning.


It’s easy to go fast. It’s hard to go far.


Trading parts of yourself for the admiration of the collective is a terrible idea. At first, it's not noticeable but as time goes on you look in the mirror and don't recognize the person staring back at you.

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