The 3-2-1 Newsletter: 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, 1 question to ponder.
3-2-1: The paradox of risk, choosing the future, and treating the Earth well
April 23, 2020 | by James Clear
“The most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”
Let’s get to it. Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question for the week…
3 IDEAS FROM ME
The best way to get the attention and respect of exceptional people is to do exceptional work.
Like attracts like.
The paradox of risk:
(1) Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. If you lose the basket, you lose it all.
(2) Don’t put your eggs in too many baskets. The more baskets you manage, the less energy you can put into each one. It’s risky to do things halfway.
Diversified, but focused.
You choose the future with your actions each day.
2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS
In honor of Earth Day, which happened earlier this week, a Native American proverb to consider:
“Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children.”
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld on what it takes to make something great:
INTERVIEWER: You and Larry David wrote Seinfeld together, without a traditional writers’ room, and burnout was one reason you stopped. Was there a more sustainable way to do it? Could McKinsey or someone have helped you find a better model?
SEINFELD: Who’s McKinsey?
INTERVIEWER: It’s a consulting firm.
SEINFELD: Are they funny?
SEINFELD: Then I don’t need them. If you’re efficient, you’re doing it the wrong way. The right way is the hard way. The show was successful because I micromanaged it—every word, every line, every take, every edit, every casting. That’s my way of life.
1 QUESTION FOR YOU
Who do I know that can help me with this?
Until next week,
P.S. When The Last Dance is over, we can return to quarantine sports.