Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on embracing change

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If you want to understand someone, figure out the narrative they tell themselves about themself. If you want to change your behaviour, change your narrative. If you want to change someone else’s behaviour, offer them a more compelling narrative they can tell themselves.


The single most effective habit is the willingness to change your own mind.


Trying to be less wrong is better than trying to be right. When you focus on being less wrong, blindspots become visible, beliefs no longer need protecting, and you become open to better ideas. Outcome over ego.


Things have changed. How you respond is up to you. Those who adapt the fastest will thrive, while those who want the world to go back to the way it was will struggle.


Question everything. Test what you believe to be true. Update when necessary. Repeat.


When you learn to see the world as it is, and not as you want it to be, everything changes.


Become what you want to see in the world and it will be so. If you want an amazing relationship with your partner, be an amazing partner. If you want people to be thoughtful and kind, be thoughtful and kind. Small changes in your actions change your entire world.


Simple but not easy. Learn how to ... Ask great questions of others and the world. Listen attentively to the answers. Change your mind. Stop talking when there is nothing to say. Make others look good around people they care about.


While you have a default narrative, ultimately you decide the story you tell yourself about an experience. That story changes the future. Most of the time our narrative comes from the way we want to see the world, not the way it is. Change the narrative. Change the path.


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


The degree to which people are willing to non-conform to do the right thing is a big predictor of both success and happiness.


Small changes in either direction feed on themselves: When you're a little over weight, you get depressed, then you eat more. When you exercise, you feel better, then you sleep better. Change the momentum. Change the outcome.


Outcomes are lagging byproduct of your personal operating system and its associated algorithms. Heath is lagging measure of your eating algorithms. Knowledge is a lagging measure of your learning algorithms. You are your algorithms. Change the algorithm, change yourself.


Surprise is the beginning of opportunity. When something doesn't make sense, it means your model of how things work is wrong. Instead of dismissing what doesn't make sense, dive in.


When trying to improve, constant progress trumps big wholesale changes.


Changing behavior is as much about removing obstacles as applying pressure.


If you can’t adapt, changes become threats instead of opportunities.


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

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