Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on success

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Sometimes success is 3% brains and 97% not getting distracted by the internet.


Things that reduce the odds of long-term success: + Saying yes to too many things. + Making excuses. + Staying up late. + Eating poorly. + Checking email first thing in the AM. + Working more to fix being busy. + Buying things you don't have the money for.


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


Successful people are just unsuccessful people who know how to recover from mistakes.


If you're focused on the outcome, you're not focused on the process. Sustained success comes from a fanatical focus on process. You don't need to be perfect, just better than yesterday.


If you want exponential returns ... replace the need to be proven right with the need to achieve the best outcome possible.


Trying and struggling looks like incompetence right up until the moment it looks like success.


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


Failing at things that matter is better than succeeding at things that don't.


Outcome over ego. Effective over efficient. Doing over watching.


Insight doesn’t come from success or failure but rather from reflection.


Just because you failed doesn’t mean you can’t succeed. We all fail. Mentally resilient people realize that its not failure that defines your identity but how you respond.


In business and in life, the most successful people focus the best. No matter what goes wrong, they never lose sight of the destination.


Successful people share an uncommon persistence.


Life's greatest rewards are reserved for those who help others succeed.


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.


Hard work is necessary but not sufficient for success. You also need to work on the right things, which means saying no to the wrong things.


Efficiency is speed. Effectiveness is direction. You need both to avoid going in circles.


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


The four most dangerous words to accomplishing your dreams are: “I’ll do it later.”


People who don’t have time to learn always find time to make the same mistakes again and again. They go fast but not far.


The greater the success, the more it was due to one thing: focus.


Five different types of luck: 1. Blind luck 2. Action 3. Preparation 4. Persistence 5. Reputation While you don't control the role of blind chance, you have a large say in the others. They are the ways you put chance on your side.


Winning the small battles often means you lose the war. For example, people who nit pick irrelevant details don’t realize they aren’t invited to the next meeting. The desire to signal smarts cost them more than they know.


Consistently successful people have the ability to separate what matters from what doesn't and see what everyone else is overlooking. This skill is earned by doing the thinking, not buying the thinking.


Success is when you no longer say yes to things because you feel you have to.


Some people listen when they need to; people that get ahead listen all the time.


Anyone can do something once. One time success is largely based on what you know (and luck). Repeated success, however, is less about what you know and more about how you respond to what you don't know.


To go faster we can add energy, do fewer things, or reduce friction. A race car is similar. To make it go faster you can reduce weight, increase power, or reduce drag. Racing resets everyone after each race. We don’t. Small initial advantages compound into big ones.


Optimizing for nothing ensures mediocrity. Optimizing for one variable means you better know what really matters because you move away from mediocrity and toward success or failure.


It's easy to want to be better. It's the desire to do the work that improvement requires that's scarce.


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


Your environment is a highway to your subconscious operating system. This direct path influences our thoughts, feelings, and decisions. But we can alter its design to put us on the path to success.


Hard work, consistently applied in the right direction, takes you further than you could imagine.


In most organizations, outcomes are secondary to optics, so the first priority of the manager is to avoid being blamed for anything bad. While they generally care about the success of the firm, they care about optics more.


Elimination rules save time. When one gets triggered, stop and walk away. Most people make a decision by processing information from A-Z and trading things off. Eg. While I don't trust the person, there are other things that make up for it. This is inefficient and ineffective.


Successful people go to great lengths to make success appear simple and obvious.


Most people would rather sit around the table drinking and say I could have done X than give up those nights working on uncertain success.


Design default automatic behaviors that put you on the path to success. - If you want to drink less, make a rule that you stop drinking at 8pm. - If you want to sleep better, make a rule that you don't use your phone past 10pm.


Few extremely successful people watch lots of tv, spend time with annoying people, read crap, etc? Why? They highly value their time.


Talent puts you on a path but doesn’t get you to the destination. The longer the time frame, the more hard work and relentless improvement matter.


Efficiency works until it blows up.


People who schedule time to think consistently avoid problems and have way less stress. 🤔


You are not your failures. You are not your successes. You need to separate yourself from outcomes.


If you want to go fast make quick decisions. If you want to go far carve out time to think.


It's impossible to outperform with conventional beliefs. Extreme success comes from correct divergence.


In the real world you will either understand and adapt to find success or you will fail.

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