Shane Parrish

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The best thing you can do for yourself is to help other people succeed.


Doing what everyone else thinks you should do is almost always a sure path to average.


So much unhappiness comes from wanting others to think we're happy or important. We chase visible at the expense of meaningful.


The more successful you are the less you speak of what you have done and the more you speak of what others have done.


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.


Avoiding stupidity is easier than seeking brilliance.


So much of our time is spent worrying about the opinions of people that don’t ultimately matter to us.


If you want to be miserable focus on yourself. If you want to be happy focus on others.


Trying to please everyone is a guaranteed prescription for unhappiness. The first step toward emotional freedom is realizing that you're not for everyone.


Stop caring what other people think and focus on being the best version of yourself possible.


A happy person doesn’t have to convince other people they are happy. Either you are or you’re not. And if you are, you’re not taking selfies to show people.


We're taught that if people are mad at us it's because we did something wrong. This teaches us to ignore how WE feel. Ignoring our feelings leads to over-thinking, anxiety, and stress. Just because someone is mad at you doesn't make you a bad person.


Trading parts of yourself for the admiration of the collective is a terrible idea. At first, it's not noticeable but as time goes on you look in the mirror and don't recognize the person staring back at you.

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