Ever wondered why the world’s most successful individuals seem to have an uncanny ability to be in the right place at the right time? It’s not luck; it’s positioning. They are rarely backed into a corner by circumstances, and you don’t have to be either.
On this special episode of The Knowledge Project, host and Farnam Street founder Shane Parrish offers a sneak peek into his book, Clear Thinking: Turning Ordinary Moments into Extraordinary Results, by sharing five insights from the book you can use for success in life and decision-making.
Clear Thinking is not just another self-help book — it’s a transformative guide that hands you the tools to master your fate, sharpen your decision-making, and set yourself up for unparalleled success. Learn more about the book here.
Here are a few highlights from the episode:
The greatest aid to judgment is starting from a good position.
What looks like talent is often good positioning and the best way to put yourself in a good position is with good preparation. A good position allows you to think clearly rather than be forced by circumstances into a decision.
Your chosen environment rather than your willpower alone will help nudge you towards the best choices.
The social rewards for going with the crowd are felt long before the benefits of going against it are gained. One measure of a person is the degree to which they’ll do the right thing when it goes against popular belief.
Self-accountability means taking responsibility for your abilities, your inability, and your actions.
Your honest judgments about yourself are more important than anyone else’s, and when you screw up, you should be strong enough to look in the mirror and say, “This was my fault. I need to do better.”
People who lack self-accountability tend to run on autopilot. This is the exact opposite of commanding your own life.