Shane Parrish

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Founder Farnam Street. Reader & writer. Student & teacher. Leader and follower.

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Writing is often the process by which you realize that you do not understand what you are talking about.


Writing is the process by which you realize that you do not understand what you are talking about.


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


You can borrow knowledge but you can't borrow execution.


Sources of new ideas: - Extended conversations with others - Reading broadly (new fields) - Detailed (in the weeds) knowledge - Time away from the computer - Things that divide people - Talking with relatively new people to a craft - Traveling - Old ideas/books


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


The only real shortcut in life is to understand it backwards. It's easier to solve a maze backwards. Life is the same. Learn from people further down the path from you and make their hindsight your foresight.


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.


The person who knows how will almost always report to the person that knows why.


The biggest insights require as much unlearning as learning.


If a decision is reversible and inconsequential, make it as soon as possible. Speed matters. If a decision is irreversible and consequential, gather as much information as possible before deciding. Wait until the last possible moment. Being right matters.


When you learn to see the world as it is, and not as you want it to be, everything changes.


Once you know what you want, determine what behaviors and habits will get you there.


While we’re capable of logic, our default is pattern recognition.


Ignorance is more expensive than a book.


So much of culture reinforces the message that we should be accepted and liked rather than think independently, compete, and challenge the status quo. The oppositive approach works better. Embrace independent thinking. Compete with yourself. Earn respect, not popularity.


So much advantage in life comes from be willing to look like an idiot in moment. Three immediate ways this applies: 1. Saying you don't know vs. pretending you do. 2. Doing something different than everyone else. 3. Admitting you made a mistake and correcting.


Meetings are easier to understand once you realize that most people spend time signaling not adding value. You can instantly shorten them and increase quality by asking people to tell you what they know about the problem that no one else in the room knows.


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.


Your thinking is no better than the information available in your mind. Garbage in means garbage out. Fill your mind with high quality inputs to improve your thinking.


Avoiding stupidity is easier than seeking brilliance.


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.


One of the biggest problems in organizations is that people with no relevant knowledge help make the decisions.


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.


Schools are about teaching compliance not fostering curiosity.


The best sources of insight aren't hidden or obscure. The most valuable insights are the unrecognized simplicities that are overlooked by the many seeking complexity.


The gulf left by the absence of ego is quickly filled with knowledge.


Your degree isn't as valuable as what you know.


Anyone can do something once. One time success is largely based on what you know (and luck). Repeated success, however, is less about what you know and more about how you respond to what you don't know.


Never agree to anything on the spot from someone you don't know.


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.


You’re already paying for the knowledge you need but don’t have yet.


When feedback loops are short, the number of iterations matters. It's not what you know, but how quickly you can learn. When feedback loops are long, existing knowledge matters. It's not what you can learn, but what you already know.


Outcomes are lagging byproduct of your personal operating system and its associated algorithms. Heath is lagging measure of your eating algorithms. Knowledge is a lagging measure of your learning algorithms. You are your algorithms. Change the algorithm, change yourself.


The quality of your life is driven by how you respond to what you don’t know and the principles by which you live.


The most valuable insights can't be bought. They must be earned.


When you learn something that doesn’t change, you can step off the treadmill of keeping up and start to compound your knowledge. While this compounding may at first slow you down, it offers exponential returns.


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.


It’s good to know what to think about, but equally good to know what not to think about.


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


We value knowledge when we need it. The problem is we need to start acquiring it when we don't need it. Today is the day to start investing.


Knowledge is freedom.


Ignorance is more expensive than books.


To improve your knowledge you can learn something (true) or unlearn something (false).


Opinion: Uncertainty about whether you are right. And if you are right, not being sure why. Knowledge: Knowing you have the truth and why it’s true.


If you know you know.

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