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3-2-1: How to change someone’s mind, the balance between justice and compassion, and looking foolish

read on JAMESCLEAR.COM | APRIL 28, 2022

Happy 3-2-1 Thursday!

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

3 Ideas From Me

I.

“Just because it didn’t work doesn’t mean it was the wrong choice.

The world is full of probabilities, not certainties.

Find a game where the probabilities favor you and keep taking shots.”

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​II.

“If you know where you want to go in life, people tend to help or get out of the way.

Both of those are useful.”

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III.

“People follow incentives, not advice.”

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2 Quotes From Others

I.

Writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Powers on how to change someone’s mind:

“The best arguments in the world won’t change a single person’s mind. The only thing that can do that is a good story.”

Source: The Overstory


​II.

Author bell hooks on the balance between justice and compassion:

“For me, forgiveness and compassion are always linked: how do we hold people accountable for wrongdoing and yet at the same time remain in touch with their humanity enough to believe in their capacity to be transformed?”

Source: “There’s No Place to Go But Up” — bell hooks and Maya Angelou in conversation

1 Question For You

Am I willing to look foolish today so I can learn something that will make me better tomorrow?

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Until next week,

James ClearAuthor of the #1 worldwide bestseller, Atomic HabitsCreator of the Habit Journal

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