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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 (November 5, 2020)

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Welcome to 3-2-1 Thursday,

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

Let’s get to it.

3 IDEAS FROM ME

I.

“You can borrow knowledge, but not action.”

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II.

“The trick to writing well is to…

– take long sentences and make them short

– take confusing ideas and make them clear

– take unrelated concepts and make them related

…without losing the main idea in the process.”

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III.

“Successful outcomes are never the result of a single choice. They are built up through good choices over time.

A profitable business is never a choice, it is a series of choices.

A fit body is never a choice, it is a series of choices.

A strong relationship is never a choice, it is a series of choices.”

2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS

I.

Chemical engineer Trevor Kletz, a pioneer in his field, on how he accomplished so much in his career:

“If one asked permission there was a 50% chance it would be refused. If one just got on with it, 19 times out of 20 nothing was said.”

Source: By Accident: A Life Preventing Them in Industry



II.

Inventor and writer Lin Yutang on the magic of reading:

“Compare the difference between the life of a man who does no reading and that of a man who does. The man who has not the habit of reading is imprisoned in his immediate world, in respect to time and space. His life falls into a set routine; he is limited to contact and conversation with a few friends and acquaintances, and he sees only what happens in his immediate neighborhood. From this prison there is no escape.

But the moment he takes up a book, he immediately enters a different world, and if it is a good book, he is immediately put in touch with one of the best talkers of the world. This talker leads him on and carries him into a different country or a different age, or unburdens to him some of his personal regrets, or discusses with him some special line or aspect of life that the reader knows nothing about. An ancient author puts him in communion with a dead spirit of long ago, and as he reads along, he begins to imagine what that ancient author looked like and what type of person he was…

Now to be able to live two hours out of twelve in a different world and take one’s thoughts off the claims of the immediate present is, of course, a privilege to be envied by people shut up in their bodily prison.”

Source: The Importance of Living

1 QUESTION FOR YOU

What part of this situation is under my control?

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Until next week,

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

p.s. The human body was not made for this.

p.p.s Hat tip to Leo Polovets for sharing this week’s question.