The Farnam Street Learning Community

Imagine you’re sitting at a poker table. You’re dealt cards the same as everyone else, and you’re playing by the same rules. The thing is, you’ve got an advantage: You can see everyone else’s cards, and they can’t see yours.

How many hands would you play wrong? None.

The rule for decision making in life and business goes like this: The fewest blind spots wins.

How do you reduce your blind spots, improve your sources of knowledge, and challenge yourself? How do you learn faster and make better decisions than everyone else?

This doesn’t just happen on it’s own. You have to put in the work. To make the journey easier we’ve created the Farnam Street Learning Community.

When we originally put together the Farnam Street Membership Program, we had no idea it would turn into such a vibrant learning community.

Most people aren’t willing to put in the effort to get ahead. It’s too easy to keep doing what we’ve been doing.

But what if you were surrounded in a virtual community of like-minded, smart, and generous people?

I’d like to show you that community.

Exclusive Content

For the first time ever, members will have access to exclusive content, thought papers, and memos that I put together. While irregular, these contain ideas that have helped CEOs, Championship NFL coaches, hedge fund managers, and others make better decisions and take advantage of opportunities where others can’t.

Private Learning Community

Membership is more than exclusive content.

It’s a community of like-minded people just like you. This is your opportunity to share links, discuss topics and bounce ideas off some of the smartest people on the planet. Members include CEOs, best-selling authors, and even coaches and general managers from professional sports teams like the NFL and NBA.

Virtual Reading Group

Four times a year we read a book together with an enriched reading experience. These groups are opt in, so there is no pressure, and allow for an interactive reading experience. We post questions weekly as we’re reading the book, marginalia, and thoughtful excerpts from the book. In the past, we’ve interviewed authors asking questions from the learning community.


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“The Farnam Street (learning community) is worth every penny and I plan to be a member forever.”
— Hemik Shah


I give away over 95% of Farnam Street content for free. And our free stuff is better than other people’s paid content. By signing up for a membership you’re helping me earn a living, funding exclusive content and research, and enabling me to hire some people to help out.

Join for $249/Year

Students, teachers, and non-profits:

Contact Shane directly for organization pricing or gifting a membership.


“I became smarter, a better parent,
and a more successful lawyer and business owner because of Farnam Street.”

— Paul Ceyssens

I have rarely read a concise synthesis of complicated topics from disparate sources that has been so well written… On par with Krugman or Jim Grant.
— Bert Hancock

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Wayne Redmond

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I can’t begin to tell you what it has done for me, in my professional and personal life!”
Karl Sutt

“… a compelling blog about decision making.”
Jason Zweig, in the Wall Street Journal

“What I’ve learned on Farnam Street has directly contributed to the success of my company,
and to my ability to be a decent leader.”
— Tucker Max

“[Farnam Street] does a really remarkable job of looking at culture, history, and interesting books …
I check this almost everyday.”

Daniel Pink, best-selling author

“Consistently fascinating.”
Jessica Stillman, Inc. Magazine

A Big Fan.”
Tracy Alloway, Financial Times

Shane Parrish … maintains this blog about decision making,
critical thinking and lifelong learning.

He reads encyclopedically and thinks deeply about how investors—and human beings—can become more thoughtful, patient and creative.
The Wall Street Journal