Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on taking action

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Things you control: Your effort. Your beliefs. Your identity. Your actions. Your attitude. Your integrity. Your thoughts. The food you eat. How kind you are. The media you read. How reflective you are. How thoughtful you are. The people you listen to. The type of friend you are.


The biggest generator of long term results is learning to do things when you don't feel like doing them. If you let excuses or emotion drive behavior, you're cheating yourself. Put aside the excuses and start doing what you need to do.


Think like a philosopher. Train and rest like an athlete. Take action like an entrepreneur.


You get paid linearly for analyzing and solving problems. You get paid non-linearly for spotting and siezing opportunities.


If a decision is reversible, make it as soon as possible. If a decision is irreversible, make it as late as possible. When the stakes are low, inaction hurts you. When the stakes are high, speed can kill you.


Every choice you make is a step toward or away from the person you want to become. No single choice will get you where you want to go. Only repeated steps over time in the same direction will move you forward.


You can't buy wisdom. You have to earn it. A conversation, tweet, or book isn't going to make you smarter. What makes you smarter is the lonely work of chewing on it, digesting it, and making it yours.


Think like an optimist. Prepare like a pessimist.


99.99 percent of the time waiting for the right moment to do something hard is how you rationalize not doing that hard thing you know you needs to be done. There is no perfect moment. All we have is now. Stop waiting.


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


It’s not who you think you are or who you want to be. You are what you do consistently.


You are your actions, not your words. If you really wanted to do that amazing/hard thing you tell everyone you're going to do, you'd be doing, not talking. Jump in the trenches and start doing what you talk about or stop lying to yourself.


If you wait until you are certain of the outcome, you won't accomplish much of anything.


The best way to reduce fear is action. Often we talk ourselves out of something because we're scared. We're scared of failing. We're scared of the unknown. The longer we delay, the greater the fear. The imperfect first step shows we suffer more in our mind than in reality.


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


Kind before clever. Others before you. Give before getting. Prevent before solving. Listen before speaking.


It's better to start something and risk looking like an idiot than sit there and accomplish nothing.


Your goal is to find a few intelligent things to do, not do every damn thing that comes across your desk.


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.


If you want to preform when the world is watching, you have to do the work when no one is watching.


Effective people do things ineffective people don’t like to do. A large part of the separation between effective and not is the willingness to do obvious things nobody wants to do.


The most effective people have filtering mechanisms that allow them to quickly sift through the noise and zero in on what matters.


Become what you want to see in the world and it will be so. If you want an amazing relationship with your partner, be an amazing partner. If you want people to be thoughtful and kind, be thoughtful and kind. Small changes in your actions change your entire world.


Action builds resilience. Inaction stokes fear.


Showing up is the first step. Every. Single. Day.


The actual way you learn: Experience, & Reflection, & Abstraction, & Action. This is the learning loop.


In life, drama is glamorized and used to usurp our attention. Advantages in life, however, are not based on drama but rather are the byproduct of doing mundane things every day really well without losing focus.


You are your actions, not what you say you’ll do.


If you don't challenge yourself, you won't fail. If never fail you'll lack the knowledge and motivation to deliver when it matters most. If you're not occasionally getting your ass kicked, you're not pushing hard enough.


Life becomes better when you stop thinking about what other people think. Play your own game.


You can do anything but you can’t do everything.


Confidence is less about what you’ve done in the past and more about how you talk to yourself in the present.


What appears to others as luck is often only possible with intentional design and discipline.


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.


When motivation is high focus on doing hard things. When motivation is low focus on tiny, easy things.


Action reveals what words conceal.


Your environment is the key to your subconscious. People who appear to have better than average self-control, typically operate in environments that don't require them to exercise much self-control.


Your actions reveal not what you want, but what you choose.


If you do things the same way as everyone else, expect the same results as everyone else.


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.


Excitement starts something. Execution completes it. Excitement feels good. Action is good.


You can’t buy a calm mind, you have to earn it.


Outcomes are a function of ordinary actions performed repeatedly over a long period of time. If you find yourself chasing secrets, shortcuts, or complicated you’re on the wrong track.


If you agree to something, agree to give it your all and treat it like the most important thing in the world. If you can’t do that, just say no.


A lot of things that work for you also work against you. Inertia is a great example. If you keep doing what you've always done, you're going to get the same results you've always gotten. Decades get wasted expecting different results from the same inputs.


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.


That feeling when you give it all you have and life still kicks your ass.


If you do the same thing as everyone else, you can expect the same results as everyone else.


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.


Spend less time passively consuming and more actively doing. Think. Do. Repeat.

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