Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on happiness

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Happiness generally isn't about making more money, but rather freedom. The freedom to say no to things you don't want to do. The freedom to say no to people you don't like. The freedom to not feel like you are obligated to say "yes." Freedom is saying yes when you want to.


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.


The happiest people want the lowest profile.


You choose who you are. You own your attitude. You own your integrity. You own your response. You own your character. You own your capacity to love. You own your willingness to help others. You own how you talk to others and yourself. You own your happiness.


The things that matter aren't sexy. Culture teaches us to seek money, power, and fame. And yet, we are no happier with these things. What fulfills us is being a mom or a dad, a son or a daughter, a partner, a soul mate, a trusted friend, ... to the people in our lives.


To understand happiness, study how people become miserable. To understand what makes relationships work, study what makes them fail. To understand what makes people more productive than others, study what they avoid.


The more you need to signal to others that you’re happy, the less happy you really are. The more you need the world to see how amazing your relationship is, the more trouble it’s in.


So much unhappiness comes from wanting others to think we're happy or important. We chase visible at the expense of meaningful.


We optimize for short-term ego protection over long-term happiness.


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


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


Trying to please everyone is a guaranteed prescription for unhappiness. The first step toward emotional freedom is realizing that you're not for everyone.


The degree to which people are willing to non-conform to do the right thing is a big predictor of both success and happiness.


What ends as a big advantage starts as a small one and compounds over time. Stop looking for big gains and start grinding on the small ones you can repeat day after day.


A happy person doesn’t have to convince other people they are happy. Either you are or you’re not. And if you are, you’re not taking selfies to show people.


Amateurs are never happy because they think happiness comes from money. Professionals know happiness is a by-product of meaning.


Expecting life to be fair leads to persistent unhappiness.


The surest route to happiness is being present with indifference.


I don't know how to find happiness, but I know how to find unhappiness.

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