The 3-2-1 Newsletter: 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, 1 question to ponder.
3-2-1: On mastery, learning to let go of trivial arguments, and bias
August 15, 2019 | by James Clear
“The most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”
Welcome to the second edition of my new 3-2-1 email series. I’m in California this week to speak with some of the folks at Intel about how to build better habits.
In between, I’m trying to uphold my promise of creating an email with “the most wisdom per word” of any newsletter on the web. I’m excited to share this one with you.
Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question for the week…
3 IDEAS FROM ME
“Mastery requires both impatience and patience.
The impatience to have a bias toward action, to not waste time, and to work with a sense of urgency each day.
The patience to delay gratification, to wait for your actions to accumulate, and to trust the process.”
“When making plans, think big.
When making progress, think small.”
“A simple strategy that will save you so many headaches: don’t care about winning trivial arguments.
Did someone say something you don’t agree with? Smile, nod, and move on to more important things.
Life is short. Learning to not care about having the last word will save you so much time.”
2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS
Morgan Housel on bias:
“Your personal experiences make up maybe 0.00000001% of what’s happened in the world but maybe 80% of how you think the world works… We’re all biased to our own personal history.”
Source: Ideas That Changed My Life
Housel’s quote contrasts nicely with this advice from British writer Norman Douglas:
“There are some things you can’t learn from others. You have to pass through the fire.”
1 QUESTION FOR YOU
Here’s a question for you to ponder this week…
What are the most likely sources of pain in my life over the next year? How can I prepare for or prevent them?
Until next week,
P.S. This guy is epic.