The 3-2-1 Newsletter: 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, 1 question to ponder.
3-2-1: On media consumption, needless commitments, and persistence and luck
March 12, 2020 | by James Clear
“The most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”
Happy Thursday. Here are 3 short ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question to ponder this week…
3 IDEAS FROM ME
“Your actions are a consequence of your thoughts.
Your thoughts are a consequence of what you consume.
And in the modern age, what you consume is largely a consequence of how you select and refine your social media feed.
Choose better inputs. Get better outputs.”
“Your current habits are perfectly designed to deliver your current results.”
“Needless commitments are more wasteful than needless possessions. Possessions can be ignored, but commitments are a recurring debt that must be paid for with your time and attention.”
2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS
This quote from Henry David Thoreau, the American poet and author, pairs nicely with my third idea above:
“The cost of a thing is the amount of … life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”
The American entrepreneur and investor Sam Altman on persistence and luck:
“A big secret is that you can bend the world to your will a surprising percentage of the time—most people don’t even try, and just accept that things are the way that they are. People have an enormous capacity to make things happen. A combination of self-doubt, giving up too early, and not pushing hard enough prevents most people from ever reaching anywhere near their potential.
“Ask for what you want. You usually won’t get it, and often the rejection will be painful. But when this works, it works surprisingly well. Almost always, the people who say “I am going to keep going until this works, and no matter what the challenges are I’m going to figure them out”, and mean it, go on to succeed. They are persistent long enough to give themselves a chance for luck to go their way.”
1 QUESTION FOR YOU
Which projects give me energy? Which projects takes it away?
Which people give me energy? Which people take it away?
Until next week,