Joys of Compounding Chapter 10: Living Life according to Inner Scorecard

1 min readMay 4, 2022


  • The only scorecard that counts is your inner scorecard.
  • Don’t live a life based on approval from others. Be authentic — act in accordance with who you are and what you believe in.
  • Let internal principles, not external validation, guide your life.
  • An outer scorecard asks, “What will people think of me? Will they judge me by the way I dress or the way I look, or the car I drive?”
  • But the inner scorecard, which is much more critical, asks, “Am I doing the right things? Am I treating people correctly? Is this working for me as an individual?”

“The little mental trick is to remember that success, money, fame, and beauty, all the things we pursue, are merely the numerator!

If the denominator — shame, regret, unhappiness, loneliness — is too large, our ‘Life Satisfaction Score’ ends up being tiny, worthless.

Even if we have all that good stuff!

It’s so simple. This is why you see people that ‘should be happy’ who are not.

Big denominators destroy self-worth.”

- Shane Parrish

  • To get what you want, deserve what you want.
  • Ultimately, you want to be at peace with yourself, able to face the mirror every day.
  • Our goodwill compounds exponentially overtime when we live life according to the inner scorecard.

Cherish some man of high character, and keep him ever before your eyes, living as if he were watching you and ordering all your actions as if he beheld them.

- Seneca

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