Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on complexity

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Life is simple, but not easy. The problem is we want life to be easy, which makes it complicated.


Simple — Complicated — Simple At first things appear simple. As you learn more they become complicated. As you learn even more, they become simple. Simplicity on the other side of complexity is understanding.


We chase what's sexy and miss what matters - Excitement starts something. Execution completes it. - Speed makes a good story. Velocity makes a difference. - Complexity makes you sound smart. Focusing on the basics shows you are. - New commands attention. Old offers insight.


No over yes. Hard over easy. Outcome over ego. Simple over complex. Listen over speaking. Doing over criticizing. Effective over efficient. Long term over short term. Avoiding stupidity over seeking brilliance.


Simplicity compounds. Complexity zeros out.


Anyone can make something complex, but only someone who really understands can make it correct and simple.


Complexity is a hidden tax on your energy.


The best sources of insight aren't hidden or obscure. The most valuable insights are the unrecognized simplicities that are overlooked by the many seeking complexity.


Just because it's simple doesn't mean it's not sophisticated.


complexity, compliance, consensus, and committees ... Unless you’re at the top of the pyramid, all of these offer job security. They also lull you into false confidence and conceal, rather than reveal, dangers.

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