Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on perspective

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


The single most effective habit is the willingness to change your own mind.


The best way to reduce fear is action. Often we talk ourselves out of something because we're scared. We're scared of failing. We're scared of the unknown. The longer we delay, the greater the fear. The imperfect first step shows we suffer more in our mind than in reality.


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.


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.


When you learn to see the world as it is, and not as you want it to be, everything changes.


Become what you want to see in the world and it will be so. If you want an amazing relationship with your partner, be an amazing partner. If you want people to be thoughtful and kind, be thoughtful and kind. Small changes in your actions change your entire world.


Your thoughts shape the world you see. The world you see shapes the experiences you have. Your experiences shape your thoughts.


Your thinking is no better than the information available in your mind. Garbage in means garbage out. Fill your mind with high quality inputs to improve your thinking.


The quickest way to build an audience is to tell people what they already believe.


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.


Focus on your craft, your body, and your mind.


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.


While you have a default narrative, ultimately you decide the story you tell yourself about an experience. That story changes the future. Most of the time our narrative comes from the way we want to see the world, not the way it is. Change the narrative. Change the path.


Your environment is the key to your subconscious. People who appear to have better than average self-control, typically operate in environments that don't require them to exercise much self-control.


Your experiences are infinatiely small in the context of what's happened in the world and yet they shape everything about how you think about the world. A meta cogntitive bias comes from an inability to see outside of ourselves.


The best source of leverage is creating more value than you capture.


If you want clarity on what matters, imagine the thoughts you'll have on your last day. What matters? - How you treat people - How you love - Whether you live true to yourself - A calm mind The rest is noise.


Social media is full of people that say look how amazing my life is ... but that's not real. No one's life is amazing all the time.


You can’t buy a calm mind, you have to earn it.


Your subconscious mind determines most of your behavior. Your environment communicates with your subconscious. Environments of trust, respect, shared sacrifice and rewards, kindness, understanding, tolerance, communicate with people's subconscious minds and unleash potential.


In an increasingly shareable world, the ability and willingness to both look like an idiot and fail publicly will be sources of personal competitive advantage.


“We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.” Listening carefully to someone reveals not only how they see the situation and what they consider important but also how they see themselves.


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


Your mindset is the environment of your mind. Mindset influences the subconscious, filtering what you see & how you respond. If you believe 'stress is healthy', you live longer & happier than those believing 'stress is toxic'.


We don’t tell ourselves the truth because it’s easier to protect our view of ourselves and the world than it is to change our minds.


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.


Most people aren't "crazy," they're just thinking and acting in a way that makes sense given what they see and where they've been.


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.


When things happen that agree with our view of the world, we naturally think they are good for us and others. When they conflict with our views, they are wrong and bad. But the world is smarter than we are.


Cognitive biases help explain WHY your mind is prone to lead you astray not HOW to reduce the odds of this from happening.


You can't do anything great without risking looking like and idiot.


Perspective changes the story we are telling ourselves.

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