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3-2-1 ThursdayNote: 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 (September 17, 2020)

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Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Here are 3 short ideas from me, 2 quote from others, and 1 question to ponder this week.

3 IDEAS FROM ME

I.

“Most people think they lack motivation when they really lack clarity.”

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For more on this idea, see Chapter 5 of Atomic Habits.



II.

“What looks like talent is often careful preparation.

What looks like skill is often persistent revision.”

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III.

“The 4 qualities of a great career:

1) I enjoy it
2) I’m good at it
3) I make good money
4) I’m around fascinating people

Answer in reverse order:

1) Where are fascinating people?
2) In what ways can I make money with them?
3) Which ones am I good at?
4) Which ones do I enjoy?”

2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS

I.

Organizational theorist Kenichi Ohmae on the difference between being efficient and being effective:

“Rowing harder doesn’t help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction.”

Source: AntiPatterns in Project Management



II.

The physicist Niels Bohron what it takes to be an expert:

“An expert is a person who has found out by painful experience all the mistakes that one can make in a very narrow field.”

Source: The oldest source I could find was “Dr. Edward Teller’s Magnificent Obsession” in LIFE magazine. September 6, 1954.

1 QUESTION FOR YOU

If you keep living the way you are, what will your life look like in 20 years?

Sometimes we need patience. Sometimes we need action.

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