Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on ethics

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A lot of people think that we shouldn't trust others by default because someone might screw us over. It's been my experience that the benefits of reciprocal trust, speed, and not living with your guard up all the time is more than worth letting yourself get occasionally screwed.


Trust allows relationships to compound. When you don't have to re-evaluate people or worry about protecting yourself all the time, you go both further and faster with less anxiety and stress.


In the short run, lying is easy and honesty is hard. In the long run, honesty is easy and lying is hard. What you choose today makes your tomorrow.


The best people need direction, not hierarchy; trust, not bureaucracy; and freedom, not excessive controls. These tools turn your great people into good ones so your less than average ones become average.


Wet grass doesn’t catch on fire. When you are kind, generous, and honest, and respectful with people, you water the grass. If you’re anything less, the grass quickly dries and the smallest spark can light it on fire.


A quick heuristic to calibrate the extent to which a person is honest: Listen to a person tell the same story twice. The extent to which the details are consistent is an indication of honesty. Liars manipulate details to suit the situation.


Studying ethics doesn't make you ethical.


A person you can trust never says “you can trust me,” rather their past behaviour speaks for itself.


“People show you who they are. And when they show you, believe it.” (A friend over text offering advice)

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