Shane Parrish, Ladders

Shane Parrish


Ottawa, ON, Canada

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Past articles by Shane:

Saying ‘no’ is its own leadership capability: 8 ways to say it with grace and style

In a world of more requests than we can possibly fulfill, learning to say no with grace and style is a skill we all need. We should be saying no more than we say yes, although the opposite is usually true. We say yes too quickly and no too slowly. → Read More

Your first thought is rarely your best thought: Lessons on thinking

When you think through problems, you'll not only come to better decisions on the whole but you'll also avoid a lot of additional ones. Start thinking. → Read More

Your First Thought Is Rarely Your Best Thought: Lessons on Thinking

Most people have no time to think. They schedule themselves like lawyers. They work in five- to eight-minute increments, scheduled back to back. They think only in first thoughts never in second thoughts. → Read More

The Top 3 Most Effective Ways to Take Notes While Reading

The most effective way to take notes while reading is to follow this simple three step process that I've tested and honed on over one thousand books. → Read More

How to Remember What You Read

How to become an active reader. → Read More

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

Geniuses practice learnable habits of thinking that allow them to see the world differently. → Read More

Maya Angelou on Living

Timeless life advice on parenting, honesty, self-esteem, loss and more. → Read More

Carol Dweck: A Summary of The Two Mindsets And The Power of Believing That You Can Improve

This psychologist spends her days diving into why people succeed (or don't). → Read More

Fancy titles don’t earn respect—good leadership does

Many leaders confuse necessary conditions for leadership with sufficient ones. Titles often come with the assumption people will follow you based on a title. Whether by election, appointment, or divine right, you were officially put in the position at some point. But leadership is based on more than just titles. Leaders who rely on titles often feel... → Read More

39 Book Recommendations From Billionaire Charlie Munger That Will Make You Smarter

These books will help you become more valuable by seeing the world for what it really is and gaining unique ideas and insights. → Read More

Lessons on Creativity and Productivity From the Man Who Wrote 400 Porn Novels

Whether avoiding distractions, being conscious of our environments and how they impact us, or developing an portfolio system we can all learn from the King of Porn. → Read More

The Art of Finding Your Focus

Let go of multitasking, distraction, and the temptation to be “busy.” → Read More

The ‘0 to 1 Trap’ and Seven Other Things I Learned From Peter Thiel

‘Zero to One’ is full of counterintuitive insights that will help your thinking and ignite possibility. → Read More

5 books you’ve never heard of that will change your life

Reading is important, but what you read matters. These five books will help change your life and help you to see the world in a new light. → Read More

The “0 to 1 Trap” and Seven Other things I learned from Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel has been around innovation most of his life. He co-founded both PayPal and Palantir, made the first outside investment in Facebook, and was early money in companies like SpaceX and… → Read More

Five books about human behavior that will change the way you see the world

In difficult times, one of the best things we can do is read to gain new perspectives. → Read More

I spent $1,200 on books in one day—and it was a totally worthwhile career investment

Books can be expensive. But ignorance is costlier. → Read More

Speed Reading is Bullshit – The Mission –

Reading is important. That goes without saying. However, we’re also busy. And when we’re busy we take short cuts. → Read More

If you want to get smarter, speed-reading is worse than not reading at all

The point of books isn’t how much you read. It’s reading for deep understanding. → Read More

Almost Every Company Falls Into This Thinking Trap

Handing someone a map does not equate to them understanding the terrain. → Read More