3 IDEAS FROM ME

I.

“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.”


II.

“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.”


III.

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

2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS

I.

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​


II.

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

1 QUESTION FOR YOU

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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