Hi. I’m Shane.

I’m an entrepreneur, author, and wisdom seeker.

I have a fairly simple objective: I want to go to bed each night smarter than when I woke up. I also want to live a meaningful life and become a better person.

I’m not smart enough to figure out everything myself, so I try to master the best of what other people have already figured out. Sounds simple, doesn’t it?

The best way to do this is to read a lot. And so I make friends with the eminent dead. Along the way I write about what I’m learning. I’d encourage you to look around and decide for yourself if this is something that interests you.

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Still Curious?

You can find me on twitter and linkedin.

When I’m not reading, I help organizations innovate, lead, and make better decisions. I can’t work with everyone, but I’m always looking for clients with difficult problems. If that’s you, we should talk.


If you have questions, comments, a link suggestion, or sponsorship inquiries you can email me at [email protected]. I get too much email to promise a reply, but I will read it (promise!).

If you’d like to send me something (say a book, *new macbook air*, products, cash), direct it to my PO Box:

Shane Parrish
PO BOX 14037
RPO Glebe
Ottawa, ON
K1S 3T2


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