3 IDEAS FROM ME

I.

“Competence over credentials.”


​II.

“When working with people, assume good intentions.

When listening to people, interpret their words in a generous way.

You will occasionally get burned and mistreated by always assuming the best in others, but it is a far better way to live than the opposite.”


III.

“When rain falls, it flows downhill. If desired, you can collect the rain in a bucket and carry it uphill, but the natural tendency of water is to flow toward the lowest point.

Most situations in life have a tendency—a direction in which things want to flow. You can choose to go against the flow (just as you can choose to carry water uphill), but your results tend to be better when you find a way to work with the gradient of the situation.

Position yourself to benefit from the external forces at hand and you will get more from the same unit of effort. Energy is conserved and results are multiplied.”

(Hat tip to Tom Morgan for inspiring.)​

2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS

I.

Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, on life:

“When you are a young person, you are like a young creek, and you meet many rocks, many obstacles and difficulties on your way. You hurry to get past these obstacles and get to the ocean.

But as the creek moves down through the fields, it becomes larges and calmer and it can enjoy the reflection of the sky. It's wonderful. You will arrive at the sea anyway so enjoy the journey. Enjoy the sunshine, the sunset, the moon, the birds, the trees, and the many beauties along the way. Taste every moment of your daily life.”

Source: Good Citizens: Creating Enlightened Society


​II.

Rita Clear, my grandmother who passed away this week, would share this message of positivity with her children each day as they walked out the door to school:

“Put a smile on your face for the whole human race.”

1 QUESTION FOR YOU

What is the most enjoyable five-minute stretch of your day? And how could you lengthen it to ten minutes?

Until next week,

James Clear
Author of the #1 worldwide bestseller, Atomic Habits
Creator of the 
Habit Journal

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