5 Thought-Provoking Insights From “Clear Thinking by Shane Parrish”

5 mental shifts that will enhance your decision-making skills.

Chirag Malik
4 min readFeb 24, 2024
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Ever wondered why the most successful folks seem to always be at the right place at the right time? Well, it’s not just luck — it’s all about being in the right position. And the good news is, you don’t need to be a genius to outperform others; you just need to out-position them.

Let’s explore five key insights from the book that will spice up your thinking and, hopefully, your life.

1. Your Position Determines Your Future

Picture this: your kid brings home a disappointing test result, shrugs, and says, “I did my best.” It’s a moment we can all relate to, right? But here’s the thing — doing your best isn’t just about the effort you put in during the test. It’s about the position you put yourself in before the test.

Similarly, in life, putting yourself in a good position involves choices you make daily — from exercising and sleeping well to nurturing relationships and preparing for challenges. Being in a good position lets you think clearly rather than being forced into decisions by circumstances. Remember, being in a good position is often about good preparation.

2. Turn Desired Behavior into Default Behavior

Willpower is like a superhero, but even superheroes lose battles sometimes. That’s where automatic rules come in. If you want to skip desserts, create an automatic rule: “I don’t eat dessert.” When friends insist, you just say, “It’s a rule.” Suddenly, the pressure is off, and you’ve turned your desired behavior into default behavior.

But it’s not just about avoiding the bad; it’s about doing more of the good. If hitting the gym is a grind, make a rule to work out every day, even if it’s a shorter session. This shifts the internal conversation from “Should I go?” to “When and how do I fit this in?” Small, practical safeguards can be game-changers.

3. Don’t Follow the Crowd for Better Results

Ever heard the saying, “If you do what everyone else does, you’ll get the same results everyone else gets”? It’s true. The social comfort of going with the crowd often overshadows the potential benefits of going against it. Sure, it feels good to blend in, but the real magic happens when you stand out.

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Imagine a team of ditch diggers working with their hands. The one who takes a week off to invent the shovel might seem crazy initially. However, they could be the game-changers, the one who not only moves more dirt but transforms the entire approach to the job. Positive deviation is the key to outperforming the crowd.

4. Choose Outcome Over Ego

Our innate desire to feel right often overrides our need to be right. We rearrange the world to suit our beliefs, even if it means ignoring evidence to the contrary. It’s crucial to focus on outcomes rather than ego. If someone gets attached to their idea at work just because it’s theirs, it hinders progress. Shifting the focus to the outcome rather than personal pride is a game-changer.

5. Self-Accountability: It’s Your Responsibility

Even when things aren’t entirely our fault, they are our responsibility. Self-accountability means taking charge of your abilities, inabilities, and actions. While external rewards are nice, they’re optional. You don’t need them to bring out your best. Honest self-judgment matters more than external validation. When you make a mistake, admit it. Look in the mirror and say, “This was my fault. I need to do better.”

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In the grand scheme of life, you might not have asked for it, but you’re in charge of your own destiny. You control a more significant part of your outcomes than you think. Self-accountability is the compass guiding you through the twists and turns of life.


The book is a treasure trove of timeless wisdom, offering a roadmap to reshape your thinking and equip you with tools to achieve lasting success.

So, if you’re ready to turn ordinary moments into extraordinary outcomes, grab a copy, dive in, and let the journey begin. It’s time to clear your mind, embrace new perspectives, and unlock the door to a future filled with poise, intelligence, and success.

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Chirag Malik

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