Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on responsibility

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--- FS Principles --- 1. Direction over speed 2. Live deliberately 3. Thoughtful opinions held loosely 4. Principles outlive tactics 5. Own your actions


You are not responsible for other people's opinions, feelings, or perceptions of you. They own that, not you.


You don't control your initial trajectory in life (country of birth, parents, diet, initial education, etc.) but—for the vast majority of people—at some point, you take control of your own trajectory (you can educate yourself, etc).


Teachers won't make you clever. Personal trainers won't make you fit. Others won't make you happy. Books won't make you rich. No one is going to do it for you. The responsibility is yours.


We strive to avoid hard things so we turn to shortcuts. When we run out of shortcuts, we're left with no choice but to do the hard thing we wanted to avoid in the first place. Much easier and faster to just stop avoiding hard things and face them.


People who say “I was going to but” tend to have worse outcomes than people who say “I was going to and I didn’t because.” The former is passive and it makes it seem like you had no control, like the world is acting on you. The latter is active: you made a choice.


"It's not your fault, but it's your responsibility to do something about it" is increasingly how I respond to people complaining. This phrase acknowledges what happened, removes blame, and moves people away from a passive narrative where they're a victim and into an active one.


When something bad happens, it’s easy to blame something or someone. But this approach is counterproductive and absolves you, makes you lazy, and consumes energy. A better approach is to assume it’s your fault and deal with it.

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