Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on execution

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The things that matter most can't be copied. You can copy goals, you can't copy discipline. You can copy ideas, you can't copy execution. You can copy answers, you can't copy understanding. You can copy thinking, you can't copy thinking for yourself.

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We chase what's sexy and miss what matters - Excitement starts something. Execution completes it. - Speed makes a good story. Velocity makes a difference. - Complexity makes you sound smart. Focusing on the basics shows you are. - New commands attention. Old offers insight.

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You can't buy wisdom. You have to earn it. A conversation, tweet, or book isn't going to make you smarter. What makes you smarter is the lonely work of chewing on it, digesting it, and making it yours.

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

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What kills your dreams isn't a lack of competence, but rather confidence. Confidence comes from how you talk to yourself.

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You can borrow knowledge but you can't borrow execution.

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When motivation is high focus on doing hard things. When motivation is low focus on tiny, easy things.

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Excitement starts something. Execution completes it. Excitement feels good. Action is good.

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The biggest problem with learning is the illusion that it has taken place.

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Adding too much value often reduces outcomes. For example, slightly better ideas executed with less motivation often give you worse outcomes than slightly worse ideas executed with more motivation. When in doubt, let people own the problem they are solving.

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