Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on importance

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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.


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.


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


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


When you know what matters to you, it’s a lot easier to ignore what doesn’t.


If you want clarity on what matters, imagine the thoughts you'll have on your last day. What matters? - How you treat people - How you love - Whether you live true to yourself - A calm mind The rest is noise.


If you agree to something, agree to give it your all and treat it like the most important thing in the world. If you can’t do that, just say no.


Thinking is the ability to strip away what doesn't matter from a situation so you can see what does matter.


Don't ask people what matters to them, watch how they live.


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


The most important things can’t be taught, but they can be learned.


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


What matters in the moment rarely matters in life. Yet what matters in life always matters in the moment.


Knowing what's important is more important than it used to be.


Self control is more important than IQ.


The key to ego is distinguishing between when it's serving you and when it's getting in your way.

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