Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on environment

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Sources of personal competitive advantage: - delayed gratification - capital - network (who you know) - unique skills or combinations - platform - ability to suffer - family / home life - speed - ability to change your mind - ability to learn/adapt


Cultivate people in your life whose normal behavior is your desired behavior.


Mental distancing means staying away from people infected with anger, rudeness, poor thinking, superiority, etc.


What matters has sharply come into focus. Family matters. Love matters. Kindness matters. Health matters. Generosity matters. People matter. Community matters. The rest is just noise.


The bar for who you spend time with should be incredibly high.


Your relationships unconsciously shape almost everything about your life. They influence what you eat, how much you exercise, how you think, and how happy you are. Removing the wrong relationships is as important as cultivating the right ones.


The right relationships (friends, co-workers, spouse) 10x your impact. The wrong ones, cut it in half.


The patterns of the people around you eventually become your patterns.


Career Advice: Don't sell shit you don't want to buy. Don't work for people you don't want to become. Create win-win relationships for all.


If you spend too much time with people who don’t have any ambitions, you’ll soon find yourself without them.


Average teams solve C+ problems as a unit. Good teams can solve B+ problems. To solve A+ problems, however, you need individuals and not consensus. All organization face all of these types of problems. The good ones approach them differently.


It's hard to escape average performance if you need someone to make sure you're focused and disciplined. The best — in any field — drive themselves when no one is around. They don't need someone pushing them.


You are not responsible for other people's opinions, feelings, or perceptions of you. They own that, not you.


Meetings are easier to understand once you realize that most people spend time signaling not adding value. You can instantly shorten them and increase quality by asking people to tell you what they know about the problem that no one else in the room knows.


One of the biggest problems in organizations is that people with no relevant knowledge help make the decisions.


Your environment is the key to your subconscious. People who appear to have better than average self-control, typically operate in environments that don't require them to exercise much self-control.


Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you where you’re going.


If you want to be miserable focus on yourself. If you want to be happy focus on others.


Social media is full of people that say look how amazing my life is ... but that's not real. No one's life is amazing all the time.


It’s easier to believe that something else is holding us back from what we want than to face the reality that we hold ourselves back.


Your subconscious mind determines most of your behavior. Your environment communicates with your subconscious. Environments of trust, respect, shared sacrifice and rewards, kindness, understanding, tolerance, communicate with people's subconscious minds and unleash potential.


If you're a specialist the only thing you can really do is optimize. This also makes you fragile to a (rapidly) changing environment.


Both performance and experience improve when you focus on what's within your control.


Your mindset is the environment of your mind. Mindset influences the subconscious, filtering what you see & how you respond. If you believe 'stress is healthy', you live longer & happier than those believing 'stress is toxic'.


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


One drawback to surrounding yourself with only people of impeccable character is that over time you think that's the norm.


Your environment is a highway to your subconscious operating system. This direct path influences our thoughts, feelings, and decisions. But we can alter its design to put us on the path to success.


Not only are you highly susceptible to the emotions of the people around us, but we also unconsciously adjust our work ethic to theirs.


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


Evolution isn’t about perfection ... it’s about being good enough to survive ... adapting to dynamic environments without plans.


If variations in individual performance are amplified by the tools (technology) available (and those tools are getting better), then we can expect the gap between the most productive and least productive people in a society to increase over time.


Evolution isn’t about perfection ... it’s about being good enough to survive ... adapting to dynamic environments without plans.


Avoid getting too close to people who want results without putting in the work required. They are like a virus.


Pattern recognition works better in low change environments. In high change environments, it’s more likely that things that didn’t work in the past will work now.

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