Shane Parrish

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Everyone has an idea, what sets people apart is execution.


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.


Consistently successful people have the ability to separate what matters from what doesn't and see what everyone else is overlooking. This skill is earned by doing the thinking, not buying the thinking.


If you do things the same way as everyone else, expect the same results as everyone else.


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


Often the easy path is hard in the long run and what’s hard in the short run is the easy path in the long run.


You don't want a job where someone new can do it as effectively as you with 6 months of training.


A 1% change makes a huge difference. 0.99 ^ 365 = 0.03 1.01 ^ 365 = 37.78


If you do the same thing as everyone else, you can expect the same results as everyone else.


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


Going against the consensus opinion is easy. Going against the consensus and being correct is hard. Outperformance requires advantageous divergence. “Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.” ― Ralph Charell


Most people would rather sit around the table drinking and say I could have done X than give up those nights working on uncertain success.


The gulf between the perception of what it's like to be an entrepreneur & what it's actually like to be an entrepreneur couldn't be larger.


When things happen that agree with our view of the world, we naturally think they are good for us and others. When they conflict with our views, they are wrong and bad. But the world is smarter than we are.


We’re influenced by people playing a different game than we are.


The best things in life have variable exponents.

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