Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on efficiency

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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.


Outcome over ego. Effective over efficient. Doing over watching.


The most effective people have filtering mechanisms that allow them to quickly sift through the noise and zero in on what matters.


Efficiency is speed. Effectiveness is direction. You need both to avoid going in circles.


Effectiveness and efficiency are different. Aim for effectiveness on important things and efficiency on everything else.


If you desire to be effective and efficient, start with saying no. Nothing is more effective than saying no to things that don't matter. Nothing is more efficient than doing this quickly.


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


The easiest way to increase your reflectiveness is to write out your thoughts. Open a text document ... type away until it makes sense. The document isn’t important ... Delete it if you want.


Elimination rules save time. When one gets triggered, stop and walk away. Most people make a decision by processing information from A-Z and trading things off. Eg. While I don't trust the person, there are other things that make up for it. This is inefficient and ineffective.


Stop predicting and start positioning. Positioning looks short-term inefficient and yet is incredibly effective long-term.


Efficiency works until it blows up.

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