“Aim to be great in 10 years.

Build health habits today that lead to a great body in 10 years.

Build social habits today that lead to great relationships in 10 years.

Build learning habits today that lead to great knowledge in 10 years.

Long-term thinking is a secret weapon.”


“If you…

1) develop a bias for moving fast

2) consistently ask, “What’s the real goal here and is there a better way to accomplish it?”

… you can accomplish a lot in one life.”


“You can create a lot of meaning in your own life by helping someone else do something that is meaningful to them.”



The author and generally hilarious human, Bill Bryson, on the remarkable odds of your existence:

“Not one of your pertinent ancestors was squashed, devoured, drowned, starved, stranded, stuck fast, untimely wounded, or otherwise deflected from its life's quest of delivering a tiny charge of genetic material to the right partner at the right moment in order to perpetuate the only possible sequence of hereditary combinations that could result — eventually, astoundingly, and all too briefly — in you.

Bonus quote:

Bryson's description reminds me of a comment by the astrophysicist Carl Sagan on the rarity of life in the universe:

“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.”

Sources: A Short History of Nearly Everything and The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God​


The poet and Pulitzer Prize winner Mary Oliver with some suggestions for your one precious life:

“Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.”

Source: Red Bird


What would 10-year-old me say? What would 80-year-old me say?

Until next week,

James Clear
Author of the million-copy bestseller, Atomic Habits
Creator of The Habits Academy and the Habit Journal

P.S. Not in this grocery store.

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