The 3-2-1 Newsletter: 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, 1 question to ponder.
3-2-1: Entrepreneurship, habits, and the joy of climbing
May 14, 2020 | by James Clear
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Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,
Just a quick note before we start: Atomic Habits is on sale for 40% off in the US and 30% off in the UK. (You can also get the audiobook for a steep discount.) If you’ve been thinking about grabbing a copy for yourself (or as a graduation gift), but haven’t pulled the trigger yet, then today could be a good day to do it.
Alright, moving on to the main event. Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question to ponder this week.
3 IDEAS FROM ME
Entrepreneurship is a personal growth engine disguised as a business pursuit.
The 3 Levels of Employees:
Level 1 — You do what you are asked to do.
Level 2 — Level 1 + You think ahead and solve problems before they happen.
Level 3 — Level 2 + You proactively look for areas of opportunity and growth in the business, and figure out how to tap into them.
The more control you have over your attention, the more control you have over your future.
2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS
Albert Gray, a life insurance executive at Prudential, discussing the importance of habits in the 1940s:
“Every single qualification for success is acquired through habit. People form habits and habits form futures. If you do not deliberately form good habits, then unconsciously you will form bad ones. You are the kind of person you are because you have formed the habit of being that kind of person, and the only way you can change is through habit.”
George Mallory, a mountaineer who led early British expeditions to Mount Everest in the 1920s, on the joy of climbing:
“People ask me, ‘What is the use of climbing Mount Everest?’ and my answer must at once be, ‘It is of no use.’ There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behavior of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron… If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won’t see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.”
1 QUESTION FOR YOU
Am I doing this for Present Me or Future Me?
Until next week,