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3-2-1: On attracting luck, taking risks, and the ineffectiveness of anger

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Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

I hope you’re having a wonderful week. Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question to consider as you head toward the weekend.

3 Ideas From Me

I.

“I rarely have good ideas.

To overcome this limitation, I think about one topic (like habits) for an unreasonable amount of time. Then, I revise, revise, revise until only the best stuff remains. It’s slow, but it works.

You can either be a genius or you can be patient.”


​II.

“You can attract luck simply by sharing your work publicly.”

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III.

“For a few weeks, I started each morning by writing “What do I actually want?” at the top of a blank page.

It’s surprising how useful it is to keep asking the same question. Each time, my answer became more precise.

Once I knew what I wanted, I turned it into action steps.”

2 Quotes From Others

I.

Author John Shedd on taking risks:

“A ship is safe in a harbor, but that is not what ships are built for.”

Source: Salt from My Attic


​II.

Buddhist saying on the ineffectiveness of anger:

“Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else — you are the one who gets burned.”

Source: paraphrased from the work of Buddhaghosa in Visuddhimagga IX, 23

1 Question For You

What do I actually want?