Shane Parrish

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In the moment some choices seem small: we eat the chocolate bar, take a shortcut, or cancel a date. However, the accumulation of those tiny decisions adds up over months and years and makes a huge difference. Today’s choices become tomorrow’s reality.


Boring progress today makes exceptional outcomes in the future.


Don't speak about what you've done in the past. Don't speak about what you're going to do in the future. Only speak about what you're doing now.


Ignore people who spend their days selling predictions about things that can't be predicted.


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.


I believe one of the things future generations will look back on and say “what were they thinking” about us involves the notion of standardized education. In the future it will be mostly personalized to individuals.


Working longer/harder at routine jobs was a means to differentiate yourself and earn a middle class living. Yet these jobs are easily programmable. And ... You can’t compete on price or outwork computers. Difficult to automate skills are the future table stakes to middle class.


The degree to which people are willing to non-conform to do the right thing is a big predictor of both success and happiness.


Fear is thinking something bad might happen in the future. The more we fixate on the "something," the more paralyzed we get. Deciding not to act is often about avoiding the feeling of fear in the present. Courage isn't the absence of fear. Courage is acting in the face of fear.


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


You likely can't predict the future but you can prepare for multiple possible futures.

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