Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on life

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

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Superpowers you can have: - Ability to change yourself & your mind - Not taking things personally - Not needing to prove you're right - Careful selection of all relationships - Staying calm - Being alone without being lonely - Being ok being uncomfortable - Thinking for oneself

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Time is the currency of life.

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

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Things that reduce the odds of long-term success: + Saying yes to too many things. + Making excuses. + Staying up late. + Eating poorly. + Checking email first thing in the AM. + Working more to fix being busy. + Buying things you don't have the money for.

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Life is simple, but not easy. The problem is we want life to be easy, which makes it complicated.

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Successful people are just unsuccessful people who know how to recover from mistakes.

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

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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.

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Formal education will give you a career. Self-education will give you freedom.

10

Avoid things the best version of yourself will regret.

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The most important things in life are measured internally. You have an inner scoreboard. Playing to someone else’s scoreboard is easy. But when you look up at the end after winning, you’ll feel empty as you discover you won the wrong game. You get one life. Play your own game.

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Be the biggest fan of the people you care about. Defend them. Keep the hope alive. Make them look good. Catch them when they fall. Be there when they need you. Root for them unconditionally. Help them accomplish their dreams.

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

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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.

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A great advantage can be found in accepting hard truths faster than others.

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You get one life. Do it all. Don’t leave anything in reserve.

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Failure is a part of life. The people who never fail are the people who fail to live. Pushing things forward and leaving your comfort zone means you're going to make mistakes. It means the world will kick your ass sometimes. When it happens, learn & go again. Relentless.

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Your relationships unconsciously shape almost everything about your life. They influence what you eat, how much you exercise, how you think, and how happy you are. Removing the wrong relationships is as important as cultivating the right ones.

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Reducing friction is easier than adding force.

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Your life is designed to get the results you are getting right now. Whether you realize it or not, you are the architect.

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Many people are unwilling to suffer in the short term to reach fulfillment in the long term.

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Don't let assholes live rent free in your life.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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A lot of people think that we shouldn't trust others by default because someone might screw us over. It's been my experience that the benefits of reciprocal trust, speed, and not living with your guard up all the time is more than worth letting yourself get occasionally screwed.

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You automatically fail if you don’t try.

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There is some truth to use it or lose it. Unrecriprocated love dissipates. Unused muscles get weaker. Unexercised courage expires. Unchallenged minds tune out.

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Eulogies are an interesting window into how to live. They talk about: The shots you take, not the ones you miss; Chasing dreams, not accepting the status quo; Epic love, not mediocre relationships; and What you do, not what you signal. You get one life. Make it count.

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Nothing is gained by arguing with someone over something that doesn't matter. You can disagree without saying anything. Not needing to win trivial arguments saves you time, energy, and friends.

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As a general rule, forgive anything but malicious intent. An understanding and forgiving approach works best most of the time.

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If you’re trying to fit in, you’ll never reach your potential.

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

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

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I've been testing a new response to whenever the kids complain. The formula is [acknowledge], [opportunity]. It’s incredible how well it works. Works on adults too.

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How well you play the game is determined by how you play the cards you were dealt, not the hand you got.

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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.

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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.

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The biggest mistake we make with negative emotions is trying not to feel them. Awareness deepens positive emotions and allows negative ones to dissipate. Trying to avoid your feelings causes suffering.

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

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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.

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You can get straight As in school and still fail at life.

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People think stopping when it starts to hurt is their best effort. It isn’t. Your best effort begins when it starts to hurt.

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Avoiding stupidity is easier than seeking brilliance.

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Life becomes better when you stop thinking about what other people think. Play your own game.

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Only in challenging times do you discover the difference between leaders and actors.

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When you tell hard truths people don't understand you but they respect you. When you avoid the truth they understand you but don't respect you.

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Life is about average velocity not top speed.

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Failure is the cost of ambition.

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