Welcome to Farnam Street

Mastering The Best Of What Other People Have Already Figured Out

Farnam Street is devoted to helping you develop an understanding of how the world really works, make better decisions, and live a better life. We address such topics as mental models, decision making, learning, reading, and the art of living.

In a world full of noise, Farnam Street is a place where you can step back and think about time-tested ideas while asking yourself questions that lead to meaningful understanding. We cover ideas from science and the humanities that will not only expand your intellectual horizons but also help you connect ideas, think in multidisciplinary ways, and explore meaning.

Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, and run by Shane Parrish, we operate around the globe and have helped millions of people master the best of what other people have already figured out.

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Re:Think Innovation

Wednesday September 27-30

Houston, TX

If you're not innovating, you're standing still, yet we rarely reflect on how we innovate and how we lead innovation.

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Recent Articles

Why You Shouldn’t Slog Through Books

September 25, 2017

Our system for reading 25 pages a day has been adopted by many of our readers and members of the learning community to great success. A couple points have been misinterpreted, though, so we want to clear them up. *** Reading is a way to open windows into other worlds that cross time and disciplines. […]

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Givers, Takers, and the Resilient Mind. My Conversation with Adam Grant

September 20, 2017

Are you a giver or a taker? Have you ever struggled to find work/life balance? How do you build resilience in yourself, your team, or your children? I tackle these topics and many more in this interview with my special guest, Adam Grant. If you know who Adam is, I don’t need to say anymore […]

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The Difference Between Open-Minded and Close-Minded People

September 18, 2017

Why is it that some people seem to make constant progress in their professional and personal lives, while others appear to be doomed to repeat the same mistakes over and over? While the answer isn’t cut and dry, I’ve noticed an interesting mindset difference between these two groups: they approach obstacles and challenges very differently. […]

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