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3-2-1: How to give advice, and three steps to exceptional results

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Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question to consider this week…

3 Ideas From Me


“You don’t need to predict how everything will play out.

Just master the next step and continue moving in the right direction.”

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“Prediction depends on events outside your control.

Creation depends on events within your control.

Don’t guess about the future. Shape it.”

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“Three steps to exceptional results:

1) Do less. Stop dividing your attention.

2) Do it right now. Once you have identified the essential, go fast. Maintain a bias toward action.

3) Do it the right way. Acting quickly doesn’t mean acting carelessly. Get to work right away, but keep working on it until it’s right.”

2 Quotes From Others


Spanish philosopher Baltasar Gracian on how to give advice:

“When you counsel someone, you should appear to be reminding him of something he had forgotten, not of the light he was unable to see.”

Source: The Art of Worldly Wisdom 


Writer Susan Sontag on persistence:

“It never occurred to me that I couldn’t live the life I wanted to lead. It never occurred to me that I could be stopped…

I had this very simple view: that the reason people who start out with ideals or aspirations don’t do what they dream of doing when they’re young is because they quit.

I thought, well, I won’t quit.”

Source: Susan Sontag Lightens Up

1 Question For You

What is the most likely cause of failure?

Before it happens, how can I prevent it? If it happens, how can I recover?

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Until next week,

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

p.s. Sorry, I ruined your coat.