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3-2-1: The secret to productivity and the power of collective hope

read on JAMESCLEAR.COM | OCTOBER 14, 2021

Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

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

3 Ideas From Me


“The secret to being productive is to work on the right thing—even if it’s at a slow pace.”

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“The best business ideas have yet to be tried. The best books have yet to be written. The best relationships have yet to be formed.

It’s not too late. The space of possibilities is endless. The most interesting terrain remains unexplored.”

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“Do less. Keep returning to one thing and continue to refine it.”

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2 Quotes From Others


Writer and essayist Lu Xun on the power of collective hope:

“Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.”

Source: The Epigrams of Lusin (found in The Wisdom of China and India)


Politician and Noble Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi on corruption:

“It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it.”

Source: From her speech, “Freedom from Fear”

1 Question For You

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Until next week,

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