“It took me…

200+ articles before I got a book deal.
250+ articles before I got major media coverage.
100+ interviews before my book hit the bestseller list.

You need a lot of shots on goal. Not everything will work, but some of it will.

Keep shooting.”


“The challenge for anyone interested in making progress is to simultaneously have (1) the confidence to go after what you want and (2) the humility to accept who you are right now and (3) the willingness to build skills that bridge the gap between 1 and 2.”


“Where to focus:

For the beginner, execution.

For the intermediate, strategy.

For the expert, mindset.”



The art historian Gustav Friedrich Waagen on how to teach so people learn:

“First delight, then instruct.”

Source: ​On the Purpose of the Berlin Gallery


Aikido instructor George Leonard on mastery:

​”How long will it take me to master Aikido?” a prospective student asks.

“How long do you expect to live?” is the only respectable response.

Ultimately, practice is the path of mastery. If you stay on it long enough, you’ll find it to be a vivid place, with its ups and downs, is challenges and comforts, its surprises, disappointments, and unconditional joys. You’ll take your share of bumps and bruises while traveling – bruises of the ego as well as of the body, mind and spirit – but it might well turn out to be the most reliable thing in your life. Then, too, it might eventually make you a winner in your chosen field, if that’s what you’re looking for, and then people will refer to you as a master. But that’s not really the point.

What is mastery? At the heart of it, mastery is practice. Mastery is staying on the path.”

Source: Mastery


Today's question comes from the engineer, Richard Hamming:

“If you do not work on important problems, how can you expect to do important work?”

Until next week,

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

p.s. hrmphses!

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