Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on failure

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I meet a lot of people searching for something (career, relationship, etc). And yet, when it’s put in front of them, they won’t pursue it because they fear pain (getting hurt, failure, etc.). So they unconsciously (and expensively) trade self protection for misery.


Successful people are just unsuccessful people who know how to recover from mistakes.


Trying and struggling looks like incompetence right up until the moment it looks like success.


Failure is a part of life. The people who never fail are the people who fail to live. Pushing things forward and leaving your comfort zone means you're going to make mistakes. It means the world will kick your ass sometimes. When it happens, learn & go again. Relentless.


Comparing yourself to others is a guaranteed prescription for misery.


Failing at things that matter is better than succeeding at things that don't.


The best way to reduce fear is action. Often we talk ourselves out of something because we're scared. We're scared of failing. We're scared of the unknown. The longer we delay, the greater the fear. The imperfect first step shows we suffer more in our mind than in reality.


Insight doesn’t come from success or failure but rather from reflection.


You automatically fail if you don’t try.


Just because you failed doesn’t mean you can’t succeed. We all fail. Mentally resilient people realize that its not failure that defines your identity but how you respond.


When it comes to regrets, it’s the dreams we didn’t go after that haunt us — the business we didn’t start, the book we didn’t write, the love we let slip away. When pursuing your dreams you won’t remember the bruises and failures, only the person you become.


If you don't challenge yourself, you won't fail. If never fail you'll lack the knowledge and motivation to deliver when it matters most. If you're not occasionally getting your ass kicked, you're not pushing hard enough.


You can get straight As in school and still fail at life.


Failure is the cost of ambition.


Amateurs stop when they get hit with the first setback. Professionals know setbacks come from being in the arena and not on the sidelines.


The magnitude of your best work matters more than the frequency of good work. Keep the cost of failure low and aim to be REALLY right occasionally. People remember your best work not your average work.


In an increasingly shareable world, the ability and willingness to both look like an idiot and fail publicly will be sources of personal competitive advantage.


That feeling when you give it all you have and life still kicks your ass.


Optimizing for nothing ensures mediocrity. Optimizing for one variable means you better know what really matters because you move away from mediocrity and toward success or failure.


When something bad happens, it’s easy to blame something or someone. But this approach is counterproductive and absolves you, makes you lazy, and consumes energy. A better approach is to assume it’s your fault and deal with it.


The myth that talent matters more than persistence holds us back.


So much of life is getting up one more time than you fall down.


If you can’t articulate what you being wrong looks like, you’ll never be wrong. And if you’re never wrong, you’ll fail quickly.


You are not your failures. You are not your successes. You need to separate yourself from outcomes.


In the real world you will either understand and adapt to find success or you will fail.

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