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Note: You are receiving this email because you subscribed to my weekly 3-2-1 newsletter. Every Thursday, I share 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question for you to ponder. Occasionally, I also send out long-form articles on habits and self-improvement.

3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question (July 9, 2020)

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Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question to ponder this week.

3 IDEAS FROM ME

I.

“Time spent working hard is often better spent identifying where the bottleneck is located.

Working hard on the wrong thing leads to frustration, not progress.”

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II.

“3 things that help habits stick:

1) Repetition. Habits form based on frequency, not time.

2) Stable context. If the context is always changing, so is the behavior. You need a reliable environment.

3) Positive emotions. If it feels good, you’ll want to repeat it.”

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III.

“When you lose track of time, you are either living your best life or wasting it.”

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2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS

I.

Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius on taking action:

“Remember how long you’ve been putting this off, how many extensions the gods gave you, and you didn’t use them.”

Source: Meditations


II.

Writer Ralph Marston on the power of confident humility:

“Whatever you’re doing, a sense of superiority will make you worse at it. Humility, on the other hand, will make you better. The moment you think you’ve got it all figured out, your progress stops. Instead, continue to advance and improve by reminding yourself how much more there will always be to discover.

Confidence is positive and empowering, but arrogance is deadly. Be confident, but not at the expense of your respect for others.

Don’t burn up all your energy proving how great you are. Invest your time and energy being thoughtful and helpful. See the victories not as proof of your supremacy, but as opportunities to offer more value to life. See the defeats not as personal affronts, but as chances to learn and grow stronger.

Take care not to waste your time in delusions of grandeur. Embrace the power of confident humility, and live well.”

Source: Confident Humility

1 QUESTION FOR YOU

What am I avoiding just because the desired outcome would take longer than I’d like?

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James Clear
Author of the million-copy bestseller, Atomic Habits
Creator of the Habit Journal

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Sixty orbits- Seth Godin Newsletter

Sixty orbits

Birthdays are contagious. No one actually remembers the day they were born, other people remember it for you. And the way we celebrate them is cultural, a shared process that keeps changing.

People keep track of birthdays, and today used to be mine.

Sixty of them.

It doesn’t feel like it’s been that many. Time flies when you’re busy. Lots and lots of projects. Countless friends made, lessons learned and ideas shared. Quite a journey, with lucky breaks and advantages again and again, beginning with my parents, the cultural identity, time and town where I was born… I wouldn’t have been able to go on this journey without you, thank you.

But today’s not my birthday (no need to send an email or a card). I’ve never really liked my birthday (it’s a long story involving a non-existent parrot), and the only reason for this post is to talk about who owns my birthday now.

What happens if we start celebrating our birthdays differently? Today belongs to the 20,000 + people who are on their way to a permanent supply of clean drinking water because readers like you brought their birthday (and mine) to charity:water. Thank you. Now, particularly now, when the world is in pain and when so many people are wrestling with health, the economy and justice, it’s more urgent than ever to think of someone you’ve never met living a life that’s hard to imagine.

And today, because it celebrates a round number, I’m hoping you will join in and help us break charity:water’s birthday record. And maybe donate your birthday too. Better still, if you subscribe as a monthly donor, you become a core supporter of a movement that changes lives with persistence and care.

How it works:

If you have the ability, I’m hoping you’ll click here and donate to charity:water to celebrate what used to be my birthday.

And either way, I’m hoping you’ll also donate your birthday to them. Because when it’s your turn to celebrate a missing parrot or a lost cake, you can ask your friends, and they can do what you just did.

It’s hard to visualize 21,000 people, mostly kids, fighting illness because the water in their village is undrinkable. That’s about three times the population of the town where I live. Thanks to all of you, my projects, including this blog, have already raised nearly a million dollars to build long-term solutions to this problem.

Will you help me double that?

Even one kid who lives the life he or she is capable of is worth this blog post and worth your support.

Thank you.

WORD OF THE DAY

WORD OF THE DAY
Philomath
FI-lə-math
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Ancient Greek, early 17th century
1

A lover of learning; a student or scholar, especially of mathematics, natural philosophy, etc

2

(obsolete) An astrologer or prognosticator.

Examples of Philomath in a sentence

“If I’ve earned a reputation for anything, I hope it’s for being a philomath.”

“Go back in the family tree, and you’ll find quite a few wise women and even a philomath.”

WORD OF THE DAY

WORD OF THE DAY
Bocce
BAH-chee
Part of speech: noun
Origin: Italian, early 19th century
1

An Italian game similar to lawn bowling but played on a shorter, narrower green.

Examples of Bocce in a sentence

“Our favorite family activity is playing bocce during the summer.”

“The bar is small inside, but there is plenty of space to play bocce outside.”

=The 100 hour asset – Seth Godin

The 100 hour asset

We’re all so busy doing our work that sometimes we fail to build a skill worth owning.

If you invest 100 hours in a rare skill, you’re likely to acquire it. If you could learn to sharpen a tool better than your peers, organize a high-performance database, see the nuances in some sector of cryptography, know how to build a pretty-good WordPress site or really understand the arc of a particular writer’s career, you’d have something of value. Something that anyone who was focused enough to invest 100 hours could have, but few will choose to commit to.

String together a few of those, or dig deep and develop a 1,000 hour asset and now you truly have something.

There’s huge pressure to fit in, and plenty of benefits if you invest the time and stand out instead.

Twenty hours a week for a year and you can know something that puts you in a new category. Access to knowledge isn’t nearly as difficult as the desire to learn.

  

SEASONED NUTS QUOTABLE. via PNUTs newsletter

SEASONED NUTS: QUOTABLE
“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.” ― George R.R. Martin

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” ― Harry S. Truman

Take good notes – Seth Godin newsletter

Take good notes

Everyone is entitled to their own experience.

In fact, that’s all we ever get. Our own take on the world around us, informed by where we’ve been and where we seek to go.

Sometimes, we get the chance to hear about someone else’s experience. In those moments, it’s tempting to use the opportunity to explain a situation, to excuse or even to persuade.

Perhaps it pays to simply take good notes.

Acknowledge what you’re hearing. Encourage and amplify and find empathy.

There are plenty of opportunities to expound on our version of the world. Every once in a while we have the rare chance to explore someone else’s.

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The magic of the countdown – Seth Godin

The magic of the countdown

Thea von Harbou invented the countdown. 10, 9, 8…

It works.

It focuses the attention of everyone involved and ensures that we’re truly alert for what’s going to happen next.

It helps that the numbers go down, not up (because up might never end). And it helps that as we get closer to lift-off, tension goes up, not down.

But what really matters is this: There’s a commitment.

When we get to zero, we’re actually going to do this.

The commitment has to happen before the countdown can.