Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on long-game

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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.


The biggest generator of long term results is learning to do things when you don't feel like doing them. If you let excuses or emotion drive behavior, you're cheating yourself. Put aside the excuses and start doing what you need to do.


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 have to be willing to look like an idiot in the short run to outperform in the long run. While copying what others already do helps achieve average results quickly, common approaches never outperform. What ends as being better starts as being different.


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


The longer the time frame for results, the less you need intensity and the more you need consistency.


You can't get long term outcomes with short term people.


The longer you delay that thing you know you should do, the more difficult it gets. The easier thing in the short run is often the harder thing in the long run. Pain today, gain tomorrow.


Results are the compound interest of: 1. Consistent effort in a focused direction 2. Constant incremental progress 3. A long period of time Consistency matters more than intensity.


People who don’t have time to learn always find time to make the same mistakes again and again. They go fast but not far.


In the short run, lying is easy and honesty is hard. In the long run, honesty is easy and lying is hard. What you choose today makes your tomorrow.


Get better daily. Don't try to get it all done in a day.


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


Often the easy path is hard in the long run and what’s hard in the short run is the easy path in the long run.


Outcomes are a function of ordinary actions performed repeatedly over a long period of time. If you find yourself chasing secrets, shortcuts, or complicated you’re on the wrong track.


So many advantages in life follow from understanding that immediate positive feedback rarely leads to desired long term results.


To get exponential returns, forget learning the latest thing. Instead, focus on what lasts.


When the period of time between action and feedback is short, speed matters. The biggest risk is moving too slow and not iterating fast enough. When the period of time between action and feedback is long, judgment matters. The biggest risk is moving too fast.


The harder thing in the short term often ends up being easier in the long run.


Stop predicting and start positioning. Positioning looks short-term inefficient and yet is incredibly effective long-term.


How you see shapes how you feel. How you feel shapes how you think. The combination of how you think & feel shapes how you act. Self-help is mostly aimed at the thinking & feeling level, which is why it doesn't really work long-term. To change how you act, change what you see.


Talent puts you on a path but doesn’t get you to the destination. The longer the time frame, the more hard work and relentless improvement matter.


If you want to go fast make quick decisions. If you want to go far carve out time to think.

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