Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish quotes on thinking

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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.


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


The things that matter most can't be copied. You can copy goals, you can't copy discipline. You can copy ideas, you can't copy execution. You can copy answers, you can't copy understanding. You can copy thinking, you can't copy thinking for yourself.


Most people think they lack knowledge when they really lack focus.


Think like an optimist. Prepare like a pessimist.


--- 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.


People who arbitrage time will almost always outperform. The first order thought of instant gratification is a crowded path, ensuring mediocre results at best. Delayed gratification, which requires second order thinking, is less crowded and more likely to get results.


Writing reveals what thinking conceals.


Amateurs think in absolutes. Professionals think in probabilities.


The only real shortcut in life is to understand it backwards. It's easier to solve a maze backwards. Life is the same. Learn from people further down the path from you and make their hindsight your foresight.


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


Don't confuse education with intelligence. Most schools serve to educate us just enough to believe what we've been taught and not enough to think for ourselves.


Read less. Watch less. Talk less. Think more.


While we’re capable of logic, our default is pattern recognition.


So much of culture reinforces the message that we should be accepted and liked rather than think independently, compete, and challenge the status quo. The oppositive approach works better. Embrace independent thinking. Compete with yourself. Earn respect, not popularity.


The best way to improve your ability to think is to make time and space to think.


Your thoughts shape the world you see. The world you see shapes the experiences you have. Your experiences shape your thoughts.


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


Your thinking is no better than the information available in your mind. Garbage in means garbage out. Fill your mind with high quality inputs to improve your thinking.


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


Ultimately you have to think for yourself.


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.


I believe one of the things future generations will look back on and say “what were they thinking” about us involves the notion of standardized education. In the future it will be mostly personalized to individuals.


When making an agreement or decision think down and out. Down into your body. What does your head say? What about your heart? Out into the future — Fast forward 5 weeks, 5 months, 5 years. How do you feel about it ? What would cause it not to work? Etc. Now decide.


We don’t rise to the level of our hopes. We fall to the level of our thinking.


The hardest thing is to have no opinion.


The best thinking is rethinking.


The best way to minimize risk is to think.


Thinking is the ability to strip away what doesn't matter from a situation so you can see what does matter.


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


Anger reduces reason.


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.


Fear is thinking something bad might happen in the future. The more we fixate on the "something," the more paralyzed we get. Deciding not to act is often about avoiding the feeling of fear in the present. Courage isn't the absence of fear. Courage is acting in the face of fear.


The easiest way to increase your reflectiveness is to write out your thoughts. Open a text document ... type away until it makes sense. The document isn’t important ... Delete it if you want.


The most productive people I know spend way more time than less productive people thinking about what they work on.


We like it when other people agree with us, which is why we rarely say what we are thinking.


Going against the consensus opinion is easy. Going against the consensus and being correct is hard. Outperformance requires advantageous divergence. “Avoid the crowd. Do your own thinking independently. Be the chess player, not the chess piece.” ― Ralph Charell


How you see shapes how you feel. How you feel shapes how you think. The combination of how you think & feel shapes how you act. Self-help is mostly aimed at the thinking & feeling level, which is why it doesn't really work long-term. To change how you act, change what you see.


Thinking better isn’t about being a genius. It is about the processes we use to uncover reality and the choices we make once we do.


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


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


We think that what we see is representative of all there is. This is almost never true.

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