Did you know..

Did you know…

… that today, besides being Fourth of July in the United States (Happy Independence Day!), is American Top 40 Debut Day? Casey Kasem’s “American Top 40” debuted on LA radio on this day in 1970. The show, now hosted by Ryan Secrest, still remains popular to this day. Play your favorite music today and give a shout-out to Casey Kasem, the guy who started it all!

VIA Brain Food Newsletter

We are a culmination of our experiences. How we process this information and encode it into something meaningful is intrinsically tied to our memory. Understanding how it works and how to use tools or tricks to make it better is a worthy endeavor.

— The Method of Loci: Build Your Memory Palace

Nothing will change your future trajectory like your habits. While goals rely on extrinsic motivation, habits, once formed, are automatic. They literally rewire our brains.

— How to Make Long Term Improvements

Explore Your Curiosity

★ “Sociopolitical forces today can make humility feel especially dangerous, and even foolish. Social media has stunted our ability to reinvent our thinking, because our ideas are increasingly cumulative: Every opinion we’ve ever posted online is memorialized. With such a well-documented history of beliefs, changing your mind on something important or controversial can feel like weakness and open you up to public criticism.The solution to this is to take most of your opinions off the electronic grid.”

— Changing your Mind

★ “One thing I think about how humans work—the only thing that can replace one story is another story.”

— Yuval Noah Harari’s History of Everyone, Ever


Timeless Insight

“One of the biggest things holding people back from doing great work is the fear of making something lame. And this fear is not an irrational one. Many great projects go through a stage early on where they don’t seem very impressive, even to their creators. You have to push through this stage to reach the great work that lies beyond. But many people don’t. Most people don’t even reach the stage of making something they’re embarrassed by, let alone continue past it. They’re too frightened even to start.”

— Paul Graham

Today, China’s Diplomats Defend Camps. In 1968, They Were Sent to Them.


Why the Chinese Communist Party Fears Religion


Weber diagnosed the ills of the modern university and prescribed the cure | Aeon Essays


From no mobility to future mobility: Where COVID-19 has accelerated change | McKinsey

James Clear Newsletter

3-2-1 Newsletter by James Clear“The most wisdom per word of any newsletter on the web.”

3-2-1: Redefining hard work, taking action, and looking for happiness

read onJAMESCLEAR.COM | JULY 1, 2021

Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Here are 3 ideas, 2 quotes, and 1 question to consider this week…

3 Ideas From Me


“Choosing the priority is as important as working on it.”

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“A surprisingly effective way to get what you want is to not settle for less than what you want.

It doesn’t always work—you can’t force the world to be a certain way—and you may need healthy doses of patience and doggedness, but your life bends toward what you accept.”

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“We need to redefine “hard work” to include “hard thinking.”

The person who outsmarts you is out working you. The person who finds shortcuts is out working you. The person with a better strategy is out working you.

Usually, the hardest work is thinking of a better way to do it.”

2 Quotes From Others


Actress Tallulah Bankhead on taking action:

“If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner.”

Source: Tallulah: My Autobiography


Thomas Mitchell, a farmer, on happiness:

“One of the best secrets of a happy life is the art of extracting comfort and sweetness from every circumstance…

People are always looking for happiness at some future time and in some new thing, or some new set of circumstances, in possession of which they some day expect to find themselves. But the fact is, if happiness is not found now, where we are, and as we are, there is little chance of it ever being found. There is a great deal more happiness around us day by day than we have the sense or power to seek and find.

If we are to cultivate the art of living, we should cultivate the art of extracting sweetness and comfort out of everything, as the bee goes from flower to flower in search of honey.”

Source: Essays on Life

1 Question For You

What parts of my story no longer serve me? What stories am I attached to that I need to let go of?

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Until next week,

James Clear
Author of the multi-million-copy bestseller, Atomic Habits
Creator of the 
Habit Journal

p.s. Float like a butterfly…


Perdurable pər-DUR-ə-blPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Middle English, 14th century
1Enduring continuously; imperishable.
Examples of Perdurable in a sentence “My grandfather always claimed his love for my grandmother was perdurable.” “One selling point of cast-iron cookware is how seemingly perdurable it is.”

10 Brilliant Quotes About the Sun | Inspiring Quotes

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy.
— Henry Ward Beecher

Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth, ‘You owe me.’ Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky.
— Hāfiz

No sun outlasts its sunset, but it will rise again and bring the dawn.
— Maya Angelou

The sun will rise and set regardless. What we choose to do with the light while it’s here is up to us. Journey wisely.
— Alexandra Elle

I was rich, if not in money, in sunny hours and summer days.
— Henry David Thoreau

It’s always sunny above the clouds. Always. Every day on earth — every day I have ever had — was secretly sunny, after all.
— Caitlin Moran

As the sun peaks over the mountain, it’s a new day on our miraculous planet. Reason alone for celebration.
— Oprah Winfrey

Learn from flowers — always angle towards the sun.
— Maureen Joyce Connolly

The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
— Galileo Galilei

Every morning, the rising sun invites and inspires us to begin again.
— Debasish Mridha

Stay out of the Sun Day

Did you know…

… that today is Stay Out of the Sun Day? On this special day, we’re encouraged to stay cool in the shade and give our skin a rest from the hot, damaging rays of the sun. Find some fun and relaxing ways to stay in the shade. A hammock strung behind two shady trees sounds like a great way to go!