“You know yourself mostly by your thoughts.

Everyone else in the world knows you only by your actions.

Remember this when you feel misunderstood. You have to do or say something for others to know how you feel.”


“A strategy for thinking clearly: Rather than trying to be right, assume you are wrong and try to be less wrong.

Trying to be right has a tendency to devolve into protecting your beliefs.

Trying to be less wrong has a tendency to prompt more questions and intellectual humility.”


“Habits will form whether you want them or not.

Whatever you repeat, you reinforce.”



Sam Altman, an entrepreneur and chairman of Y Combinator, on making the most of your one life:

“Life is not a dress rehearsal—this is probably it. Make it count.

“Time is extremely limited and goes by fast. Do what makes you happy and fulfilled—few people get remembered hundreds of years after they die anyway. Don’t do stuff that doesn’t make you happy (this happens most often when other people want you to do something). Don’t spend time trying to maintain relationships with people you don’t like, and cut negative people out of your life…

“The days are long but the decades are short.”

Source: The Days are Long but the Decades are Short


Altman's quote contrasts nicely with a saying I heard from a friend's grandmother:

“Life is short, but life is also long. You have to live with your choices.”


Here's a question for you to ponder this week…

What should you do more of this decade? What should you do less of?

Until next week,

James Clear
Author of the New York Times bestselling book, Atomic Habits
Creator of The Habits Academy and the Habit Journal

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