The 3-2-1 Newsletter: 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, 1 question to ponder.
3-2-1: On talent, qualities of a great career, and efficiency vs effectiveness
September 17, 2020 | by James Clear
3 IDEAS FROM ME
“Most people think they lack motivation when they really lack clarity.”
For more on this idea, see Chapter 5 of Atomic Habits.
“What looks like talent is often careful preparation.
What looks like skill is often persistent revision.”
“The 4 qualities of a great career:
1) I enjoy it
2) I’m good at it
3) I make good money
4) I’m around fascinating people
Answer in reverse order:
1) Where are fascinating people?
2) In what ways can I make money with them?
3) Which ones am I good at?
4) Which ones do I enjoy?”
2 QUOTES FROM OTHERS
Organizational theorist Kenichi Ohmae on the difference between being efficient and being effective:
“Rowing harder doesn’t help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction.”
Source: AntiPatterns in Project Management
The physicist Niels Bohr on what it takes to be an expert:
“An expert is a person who has found out by painful experience all the mistakes that one can make in a very narrow field.”
Source: The oldest source I could find was “Dr. Edward Teller’s Magnificent Obsession” in LIFE magazine. September 6, 1954.
1 QUESTION FOR YOU
If you keep living the way you are, what will your life look like in 20 years?
Sometimes we need patience. Sometimes we need action.
Until next week,