Shane Parrish on Achieving Extraordinary Results

Unlock the transformative power of clear thinking with Shane Parrish, bestselling author and entrepreneur, as he shares insights from his book Clear Thinking.

Presented by: Rotman School of Management
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Clear Thinking: Turning Ordinary Moments Into Extraordinary Results (Viking, October 3, 2023)


Shane Parrish, Entrepreneur and NYT bestselling author

Book Synopsis:

  • "An indispensible guide to making smarter decisions each day." - James Clear, bestselling author of Atomic Habits

Few things will change your trajectory in life or business as much as learning to think clearly. Yet few of us recognize opportunities to think in the first place.

You might believe you’re thinking clearly in the moments that matter most. But in all likelihood, when the pressure is on, you won’t be thinking at all. And your subsequent actions will inevitably move you further from the results you ultimately seek—love, belonging, success, wealth, victory. According to Farnam Street founder Shane Parrish, we must get better at recognizing these opportunities for what they are, and deploying our cognitive ability in order to achieve the life we want.

Clear Thinking gives you the tools to recognize the moments that have the potential to transform your trajectory, and reshape how you navigate the critical space between stimulus and response. As Parrish shows, we may imagine we are the protagonists in the story of our lives. But the sad truth is, most of us run on autopilot. Our behavioral defaults, groomed by biology, evolution, and culture, are primed to run the show for us if we don’t intervene. At our worst, we react to events without reasoning, not even realizing that we’ve missed an opportunity to think at all. At our best, we recognize these moments for what they are, and apply the full capacity of our reasoning and rationality to them.

Through stories, mental models, and more, Parrish offers the missing link between behavioral science and real-life outcomes. The result is a must-have manual for optimizing decision-making, gaining competitive advantage, and living a more intentional life.

About our Speaker:

Shane Parrish is the Wall Street Journal and New York Times bestselling author of Clear Thinking: Turning Ordinary Moments into Extraordinary Results and founder of Farnam Street Media, Latticework Publishing, and Syrus Partners. The New York Times called Shane "the unlikely guru that helps Wall Street think better."

His goal has been to focus on timeless lessons and insights for work and life. We can do this by mastering the best of what other people have already figured out. He shares the insights and wisdom that makes things easier, not harder. Shane has spent years making high-stakes decisions as a CEO, advisor, and public company board member. He continues to teach, coach, and guide CEOs wanting to perform at the top of their game.

His most recent book Clear Thinking: Turning Ordinary Moments into Extraordinary Results has become an instant New York Times best seller.

Event Logistics:

This event is available to attend in-person only.

Rotman Events is committed to accessibility for all people. If you have any access needs or if there are any ways we can support your full participation in this session, please email [] no later than 2 weeks in advance of the event and we will be glad to work with you to make the appropriate arrangements.

General Admission: In-Person Ticket Details

The event will be hosted in Desautels Hall at the Rotman School of Management (105 Saint George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 3E6).

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  • Refunds will only be issued for cancellations received in writing NO LATER than 24 hours prior to the event. Please email for processing.
  • In-person registrants who do not pick up their book at the event will have 5 business days to request postal delivery by emailing us at All unclaimed books will be returned to the publisher after that time.

Questions:, Mandi Gosling

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