Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on confidence

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I meet a lot of people searching for something (career, relationship, etc). And yet, when it’s put in front of them, they won’t pursue it because they fear pain (getting hurt, failure, etc.). So they unconsciously (and expensively) trade self protection for misery.


What kills your dreams isn't a lack of competence, but rather confidence. Confidence comes from how you talk to yourself.


When it comes to regrets, it’s the dreams we didn’t go after that haunt us — the business we didn’t start, the book we didn’t write, the love we let slip away. When pursuing your dreams you won’t remember the bruises and failures, only the person you become.


You have to sell yourself before you can sell your ideas.


Confidence is less about what you’ve done in the past and more about how you talk to yourself in the present.


You don't create self-esteem in others by praising people for things that aren't really praiseworthy.


If your sentence starts with "I could be wrong," it's a good sign you should shut your mouth or ask a question.


You are not your failures. You are not your successes. You need to separate yourself from outcomes.


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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