Shane Parrish Quotes

In the long run, your pace of learning matters more than your current results.
– Shane Parrish

Getting over yourself offers exponential returns.
– Shane Parrish

Too many prefer gentle lies to hard truths.
– Shane Parrish

Too often decisions are made based on what is quantifiable rather than what’s important.
– Shane Parrish

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

Writing that lacks simplicity reveals thinking that lacks understanding.
– Shane Parrish

Writing keeps you honest by revealing your understanding or lack of it.
– Shane Parrish

Who is right is less important than what is right. When the focus is who, it’s mostly on you. Your desire to be right even when you’re wrong. This can lead to thinking the world should work in a way it doesn’t. Outcome over ego.
– Shane Parrish

90 percent of success is not getting distracted.
– Shane Parrish

The path to performing is full of discipline not brilliance.
– Shane Parrish

In the short term, you are as good as your intensity. In the long term, you are only as good as your consistency.
– Shane Parrish

Good decision makers understand a simple truth: you can’t make good decisions without good thinking and good thinking requires time to think.
If you want to think better, schedule time to think.
– Shane Parrish

Time is the ultimate status symbol.
– Shane Parrish

You are a combination of the people you spend the most time with, your habits, and your environment. If you want to change your outcomes, start with these.
– Shane Parrish

If you want to think about something, write it out.
– Shane Parrish

Be great at what you do and you won’t need a resume.
– Shane Parrish

If you are focused on being better than others, you’re not focused on getting better. When you focus on being better than yesterday, it’s easy to root for others.
– Shane Parrish

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

Consensus decisions: sought and promoted by those who wish to avoid responsibility. Rarely right.
– Shane Parrish

What kills your dreams isn’t a lack of competence, but rather confidence. Confidence comes from how you talk to yourself.
– Shane Parrish

Three things that put you on the path to positive non-linear results: clarity, focus, and time. Simple but not easy.
– Shane Parrish

The internet is as useful as your self-control.
– Shane Parrish

When you tell hard truths people don’t understand you but they respect you. When you avoid the truth they understand you but don’t respect you.
– Shane Parrish

Action reveals what words conceal.
– Shane Parrish

A great advantage can be found in accepting hard truths faster than others.
– Shane Parrish

If you spend too much time with people who don’t have any ambitions, you’ll soon find yourself without them.
– Shane Parrish

Your friends should make you a better person than you otherwise would be.
– Shane Parrish

Everyone has an idea, what sets people apart is execution.
– Shane Parrish

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

Writing reveals what thinking conceals.
– Shane Parrish

Only in challenging times do you discover the difference between leaders and actors.
– Shane Parrish

You are not responsible for other people’s opinions, feelings, or perceptions of you. They own that, not you.
– Shane Parrish

Invest the best hours of your day on the biggest opportunity, not the biggest problem.
– Shane Parrish

You can get straight As in school and still fail at life.
– Shane Parrish

Good judgement often isn’t popular.
– Shane Parrish

The happiest people want the lowest profile.
– Shane Parrish

The best teacher is self-reflection.
– Shane Parrish

You can disagree without saying anything. Not needing to win trivial arguments saves you time, energy, and friends.
– Shane Parrish

Your degree isn’t as valuable as what you know.
– Shane Parrish

Chess masters know that to win you have to avoid losing. The first thing they do after an opponent make a moves isn’t to think about strategy or winning but rather to ask them self: what’s the threat? Avoid stupidity before seeking brilliance.
– Shane Parrish

One of the biggest things that keeps us from achieving better outcomes:
We’d rather not get help than let other people know we might need help.
– Shane Parrish

Wisdom is earned, not given. When other people give us the answer, it belongs to them and not us. While we might achieve the outcome we desire, it comes from dependence, not insight. Instead of thinking for ourselves, we’re dependent on the insight of others.
– Shane Parrish

There is no way we could acquire that insight in a few minutes by watching. We’d need to do it over and over for years, experiencing all of the things that could go wrong.
– Shane Parrish

If you want to own your wisdom, thinking is something you have to do by yourself.
– Shane Parrish

You automatically fail if you don’t try.
– Shane Parrish

Once you know what you want, determine what behaviors and habits will get you there.
– Shane Parrish

Improvement begins when you have the discipline to confront the facts.
– Shane Parrish

The biggest problem with learning is the illusion that it has taken place.
– Shane Parrish

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