Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on short term

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So much advantage in life comes from being willing to look like an idiot over the short term.

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No over yes. Hard over easy. Outcome over ego. Simple over complex. Listen over speaking. Doing over criticizing. Effective over efficient. Long term over short term. Avoiding stupidity over seeking brilliance.

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You have to be willing to look like an idiot in the short run to outperform in the long run. While copying what others already do helps achieve average results quickly, common approaches never outperform. What ends as being better starts as being different.

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Many people are unwilling to suffer in the short term to reach fulfillment in the long term.

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If you play short term games, you win short term prizes.

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You can't get long term outcomes with short term people.

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The longer you delay that thing you know you should do, the more difficult it gets. The easier thing in the short run is often the harder thing in the long run. Pain today, gain tomorrow.

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In the short run, lying is easy and honesty is hard. In the long run, honesty is easy and lying is hard. What you choose today makes your tomorrow.

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We optimize for short-term ego protection over long-term happiness.

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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.

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

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When the period of time between action and feedback is short, speed matters. The biggest risk is moving too slow and not iterating fast enough. When the period of time between action and feedback is long, judgment matters. The biggest risk is moving too fast.

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The harder thing in the short term often ends up being easier in the long run.

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

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