Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on focus

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You don't need more time, you need more focus.


The biggest generator of long term results is learning to do things when you don't feel like doing them. If you let excuses or emotion drive behavior, you're cheating yourself. Put aside the excuses and start doing what you need to do.


Stick to the basics. Do your job. Avoid stupidity. Speak for yourself. Be attentive to details. Put results ahead of being right. Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.


If you're focused on the outcome, you're not focused on the process. Sustained success comes from a fanatical focus on process. You don't need to be perfect, just better than yesterday.


Most people think they lack knowledge when they really lack focus.


Every choice you make is a step toward or away from the person you want to become. No single choice will get you where you want to go. Only repeated steps over time in the same direction will move you forward.


If you want to win once, focus on the outcome. If you want to win often, focus on the process.


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.


Your focus becomes your future.


People who arbitrage time will almost always outperform. The first order thought of instant gratification is a crowded path, ensuring mediocre results at best. Delayed gratification, which requires second order thinking, is less crowded and more likely to get results.


Stick to the basics. Every. Single. Day. Do your job. Sweat the details. Put the team first. Be attentive. Ignore the noise. Speak for yourself.


Focus is more scarce than talent.


Focus on *how* you respond You don’t control ... What people say about you; The situation you're put in; Where you start in life; If people treat you fairly; What other people do; You control *how* you respond.


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.


Inspiration gets you started, but discipline keeps you going.


In business and in life, the most successful people focus the best. No matter what goes wrong, they never lose sight of the destination.


The most effective people have filtering mechanisms that allow them to quickly sift through the noise and zero in on what matters.


Three things that put you on the path to positive non-linear results: clarity, focus, and time. Simple but not easy.


Write your goals on a sheet of paper. Circle the three most important. Avoid doing any work on anything that's not circled.


Effectiveness and efficiency are different. Aim for effectiveness on important things and efficiency on everything else.


Results are the compound interest of: 1. Consistent effort in a focused direction 2. Constant incremental progress 3. A long period of time Consistency matters more than intensity.


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.


The interruptions and resulting small chunks of time are why you need to work 60 hour weeks to get 35 hours of actual work done.


In life, drama is glamorized and used to usurp our attention. Advantages in life, however, are not based on drama but rather are the byproduct of doing mundane things every day really well without losing focus.


The greater the success, the more it was due to one thing: focus.


Focus on your craft, your body, and your mind.


The best in any field share: attention to detail, a commitment to perfection they will never attain, and a relentless drive.


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


Understand what you can control and what you can't. Forget about the things you can't control and put that energy into the things you can control.


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


Outcomes are a function of ordinary actions performed repeatedly over a long period of time. If you find yourself chasing secrets, shortcuts, or complicated you’re on the wrong track.


You don't want a job where someone new can do it as effectively as you with 6 months of training.


When you have one eye focused on an outcome, you get drawn to secrets and shortcuts. The shortcut won't make you better. The secret won't get you there faster. One eye on the outcome means you only have one eye on the process. You control the process, not the outcome.


Do you want the story or do you want the outcome? Diffusing your limited energy across multiple projects makes a better story you can tell others when they ask what you're doing. Directing your energy toward one or two projects makes for a better outcome.


You can quickly get better at nearly anything but there is an irreducible minimum amount of time required to be great. Focus your energy in limited directions.


To get exponential returns, forget learning the latest thing. Instead, focus on what lasts.


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


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


Stop caring what other people think and focus on being the best version of yourself possible.


When you focus on what you'd prefer to be true, you miss what is true.


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.


It’s easy to go fast. It’s hard to go far.


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


When you’re busy with what matters in the moment, you forget what matters most.


People who schedule time to think consistently avoid problems and have way less stress. 🤔


Time is limited. If you are to learn focus on what 1) is narrow and specific and gives you and edge; and 2) what does not change with time.


Focus on how you will decide, not the decision.


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


Signs of terrible corporate culture: territorial managers in denial, isolated, or detached. Focus on perks and meetings. Driven by rules.

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