Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on personal learning / growth

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

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Sources of personal competitive advantage: - delayed gratification - capital - network (who you know) - unique skills or combinations - platform - ability to suffer - family / home life - speed - ability to change your mind - ability to learn/adapt

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The things that matter most can't be copied. You can copy goals, you can't copy discipline. You can copy ideas, you can't copy execution. You can copy answers, you can't copy understanding. You can copy thinking, you can't copy thinking for yourself.

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I meet a lot of people searching for something (career, relationship, etc). And yet, when it’s put in front of them, they won’t pursue it because they fear pain (getting hurt, failure, etc.). So they unconsciously (and expensively) trade self protection for misery.

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Simple — Complicated — Simple At first things appear simple. As you learn more they become complicated. As you learn even more, they become simple. Simplicity on the other side of complexity is understanding.

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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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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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If it’s easy you’re not learning.

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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.

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The biggest insights require as much unlearning as learning.

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Things have changed. How you respond is up to you. Those who adapt the fastest will thrive, while those who want the world to go back to the way it was will struggle.

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Successful people share an uncommon persistence.

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Goal-oriented people move faster. Growth-oriented people go further. Goal-oriented people want the answer so they can "get it right" quickly. They skim. Growth-oriented people want to see the process so they understand how, why, and intent. They understand.

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Learning to be ok with being uncomfortable and not having an immediate need to resolve that uncomfort is a superpower. In situations like this, most of the time we make suboptimal decisions to make us feel better in the moment.

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Growth should be measured in comparison to your former self, not others.

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People who don’t have time to learn always find time to make the same mistakes over and over. They go fast but they never get anywhere.

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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.

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The actual way you learn: Experience, & Reflection, & Abstraction, & Action. This is the learning loop.

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Simple but not easy. Learn how to ... Ask great questions of others and the world. Listen attentively to the answers. Change your mind. Stop talking when there is nothing to say. Make others look good around people they care about.

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

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

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The key to getting better is learning from feedback. The problem is that most of us stop looking for feedback when we get good enough.

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You don't have to learn everything through direct experience. A great advantage is given to those who let the hindsight of others become their foresight.

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You learn a lot about someone by what they choose to do when no one is watching.

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Schools are about teaching compliance not fostering curiosity.

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The biggest problem with learning is the illusion that it has taken place.

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Small sacrifices today prepare you to handle whatever tomorrow throws at you. Proactive people intelligently prepare for the future. * Learn before you have to. * Save money so it's there when you need it. * Face small adversities so you can handle bigger ones.

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Ordinary circumstances breed ordinary people.

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We don’t rise to the level of our hopes. We fall to the level of our thinking.

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When you have one eye focused on an outcome, you get drawn to secrets and shortcuts. The shortcut won't make you better. The secret won't get you there faster. One eye on the outcome means you only have one eye on the process. You control the process, not the outcome.

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

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Thinking is the ability to strip away what doesn't matter from a situation so you can see what does matter.

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While there are exceptions, there is a bigger payoff to getting better at the things you're already good instead of improving areas of weakness.

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The biggest impediment to increasing velocity is the number of assholes in your life.

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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.

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The Learning Loop To better understand learning, let's break it into four components. 1. Experience 2. Reflection 3. Abstraction/Lesson 4. Action This process creates a feedback loop so that you are continuously adapting and learning from your (or others) experiences.

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The pace of improvement matters more to the outcome than the starting position.

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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.

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When you give it your all and it doesn’t work out, you are broken for a while but it passes because you have no regrets. You gave it everything you had.

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The most important things can’t be taught, but they can be learned.

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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.

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Our default operating system at birth is based on evolutionary programming. We spend the rest of our lives trying to upgrade it.

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The easiest way for organizations to improve decision making instantly is to remove decisions from groups and assign them to individuals.

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The entropy of people/organizations. We start young/hungry and drift toward old/complacent. Examples: - "You can trust me" v. "See you in court" - Focus on principles v. Focus on rules - Proactive v. Reactive - Humble v. Arrogant - Deep terrain knowledge v. Map knowledge

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It is the "effort required" not the "difficulty" that causes most people to fall short of continuous learning.

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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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If variations in individual performance are amplified by the tools (technology) available (and those tools are getting better), then we can expect the gap between the most productive and least productive people in a society to increase over time.

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There is no learning without pain.

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

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People who schedule time to think consistently avoid problems and have way less stress. 🤔

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When competing you want to be the big fish in a small pond. When you are learning you want the opposite.

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