The 3-2-1 Newsletter: 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, 1 question to ponder.
3-2-1: On the costs of habits, major life changes, and what money can’t buy
October 3, 2019 | by James Clear
“The most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”
Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question for the week…
3 IDEAS FROM ME
The costs of your good habits are in the present.
The costs of your bad habits are in the future.
Why focus on the process when the world is outcome driven? Don’t results matter?
Yes, results do matter. But if you optimize for the outcome, you win one time.
If you optimize for a process that leads to great outcomes, you can win again and again.
Major life changes—moving to a new city, starting a new job, ending a relationship, getting married, having kids, etc.—will often make life harder for the first 100 days before improving.
This is not always true, but it’s a nice reminder that experiencing early struggle doesn’t mean it was a bad choice.
2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS
Italian billionaire Brunello Cucinelli on what money can’t buy:
“There are three things you cannot buy.
Fitness: You have to keep fit, whether you’re rich or not.
Diet: You cannot pay someone to be on a diet for you.
Then, looking after your soul. No one can possibly treat your soul but you yourself.”
Source: Brunello Cucinelli
The novelist Jonathan Safran Foer on changing your habits:
“Instead of imagining all the meals ahead of you, focus on the meal in front of you. Don’t give up burgers for the rest of your life. Just order something different one time. It’s hard to change lifelong habits, but it’s not that hard to change a meal. Over time, those meals become your new habits.”
Source: Jonathan Safran Foer, We Are the Weather
(Pssst… this quote pairs well with the ideas covered in a little book called Atomic Habits.)
1 QUESTION FOR YOU
Here’s a question for you to consider this week…
How would the person I wish to be act today?
Until next week,
P.S. Dinner party power move.