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3-2-1 Newsletter by James Clear“The most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”

3-2-1: How to find opportunities, and what it takes to improve

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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

I.

“Not being busy is a competitive advantage.

Most people are so strapped for time they can’t take advantage of lucky opportunities or quickly resolve unexpected problems.

Maintain a bias toward action, but leave room for the unexpected.”

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​II.

“Finishing projects is part of what it means to deliver high quality work. It’s not high quality if your perfectionism prevents you from finishing.”

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III.

“I can’t tell you how many times I don’t feel like training and tell myself, “I’ll just do one set and see how I feel.”

You would think it would stop working at some point, but I almost always end up doing the whole workout.

Just start. Do a little and see what happens.”

2 Quotes From Others

I.

Author and writing teacher Julia Cameron on what it takes to improve:

“It is impossible to get better and look good at the same time.

Give yourself permission to be a beginner. By being willing to be a bad artist, you have a chance to be an artist, and perhaps, over time, a very good one.”

Source: The Artist’s Way


​II.

Entrepreneur and investor Ben Casnocha how to find opportunities:

“Every opportunity is attached to a person. Opportunities do not float like clouds in the sky. They’re attached to people.

If you’re looking for an opportunity — including one that has a financial payoff — you’re really looking for a person.”

Source: Why Entrepreneurial Thinking Is For Everyone Now

1 Question For You

Do I actually need more information or do I simply need to act on the information I already have?

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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. Can you explain these gaps in your resume?