Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on perfection

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If you're focused on the outcome, you're not focused on the process. Sustained success comes from a fanatical focus on process. You don't need to be perfect, just better than yesterday.

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Compounding works with consistency over time. While eating healthy once is easy, doing it for a year is transformational. It's easy to get one win. It's hard to get a lot of wins. Boring progress makes for exceptional results.

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People who strive for excellence want to be developed not managed. The more comfortable someone is with being managed, the lower the potential. The more comfortable someone is managing others, the less likely they are to develop them.

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Effectiveness and efficiency are different. Aim for effectiveness on important things and efficiency on everything else.

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

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If you desire to be effective and efficient, start with saying no. Nothing is more effective than saying no to things that don't matter. Nothing is more efficient than doing this quickly.

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The best in any field share: attention to detail, a commitment to perfection they will never attain, and a relentless drive.

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If you want to be miserable focus on yourself. If you want to be happy focus on others.

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You can quickly get better at nearly anything but there is an irreducible minimum amount of time required to be great. Focus your energy in limited directions.

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Evolution isn’t about perfection ... it’s about being good enough to survive ... adapting to dynamic environments without plans.

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People strive for perfection but you just need to be good enough. Selection is relative. You don't need to outrun the bear, just the slowest person. The bar for good enough, however, is always moving. You have to get better in order to stay in the same relative place.

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Evolution isn’t about perfection ... it’s about being good enough to survive ... adapting to dynamic environments without plans.

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In the quest for the perfection we end up filtering out reality and in the process lose track of what’s meaningful.

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