Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on opportunity

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

Twitter wisdom in your inbox

Never miss the the top tweets from Shane Parrish with our email digest.


You get paid linearly for analyzing and solving problems. You get paid non-linearly for spotting and siezing opportunities.


Invest the best hours of your day on the biggest opportunity, not the biggest problem.


We usually think of experiences as positive or negative. However, they are neutral and simply reinforce the meaning we give them. If we see an experience as a learning opportunity, that’s what it becomes. If we see it as terrible, that’s what it becomes.


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.


Amateurs believe in equal opportunity and equal outcomes. Professionals believe in equal opportunity and unequal outcomes.


Look for opportunities to elevate others ... Show them you care. Make them look good. Support them unconditionally. Catch them when they stumble. Remind them of what they do well. Help them accomplish their dreams. Be there when they need you and when they don’t.


Amateurs think disagreements are threats. Professionals see them as an opportunity to learn.


It often takes just as much work to go after a mediocre opportunity as it does a great one.


Decisions are the choices we make to overcome existing problems, avoid future problems, or seize opportunities. Good decisions make life easier not harder.


Surprise is the beginning of opportunity. When something doesn't make sense, it means your model of how things work is wrong. Instead of dismissing what doesn't make sense, dive in.


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 can’t adapt, changes become threats instead of opportunities.

Get the top tweets via email

Never miss the the top tweets from Shane Parrish with our email digest.

Get the Shane Parrish email digest

Twitter wisdom in your inbox