Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on intelligence

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Sometimes success is 3% brains and 97% not getting distracted by the internet.


So much advantage in life comes from being willing to look like an idiot over the short term.


No over yes. Hard over easy. Outcome over ego. Simple over complex. Listen over speaking. Doing over criticizing. Effective over efficient. Long term over short term. Avoiding stupidity over seeking brilliance.


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.


The smarter you are the less likely you are to work well with consensus seeking groups.


Kind before clever. Others before you. Give before getting. Prevent before solving. Listen before speaking.


Your goal is to find a few intelligent things to do, not do every damn thing that comes across your desk.


Don't confuse education with intelligence. Most schools serve to educate us just enough to believe what we've been taught and not enough to think for ourselves.


How we spend our time is the best test of intelligence.


The smarter you are, the more likely you decide as late as possible.


When someone responds to your questions with anger and frustration, it's unlikely they're a genius. More than likely, they don't know what they are doing and are frustrated with you because deep down you're exposing them to the lies they tell themselves.


Avoiding stupidity is easier than seeking brilliance.


Small sacrifices today prepare you to handle whatever tomorrow throws at you. Proactive people intelligently prepare for the future. * Learn before you have to. * Save money so it's there when you need it. * Face small adversities so you can handle bigger ones.


I’d buy 10 percent of the future earnings of any of my friends and colleagues that have adapted since March and short all the people that haven’t. How you respond is more important than your IQ. And you control how you respond.


Smart people never reward solving a problem that should have been avoided in the first place.


The answer is often common sense. However, people think it’s so simple that it can’t possibly be true. But simple doesn’t mean simplistic. A lifetime can be spent taking simple ideas seriously.


We might not control the opportunities we get, but we do control how we prepare. When opportunity inevitably arises, the people who intelligently prepared are in a much better position than those who didn't.


If you know very little then incremental knowledge makes you dangerous. If you know something already a little incremental knowledge makes you slightly wiser. There is an interesting asymmetry at play here.


Thinking better isn’t about being a genius. It is about the processes we use to uncover reality and the choices we make once we do.


When things happen that agree with our view of the world, we naturally think they are good for us and others. When they conflict with our views, they are wrong and bad. But the world is smarter than we are.


Three things rarely found together that produce outstanding results: intelligence, patience, and compassion.


Bad: Worrying about appearing smart. Good: worrying about achieving outcomes.


Self control is more important than IQ.


To save time AND increase your brainpower don’t read anything with a title that has X [ways/ideas/tips/hacks/things] you need to do right now to [insert something you want].


Be wary of those who gain a reputation of genius from calm seas.

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