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3-2-1: On lucky events, saying thank you, and the importance of being kind

read on JAMESCLEAR.COM | NOVEMBER 18, 2021

Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

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

3 Ideas From Me


“Most lucky events in life are opportunities, not outcomes.

The value of an opportunity changes depending on how it is treated. Without effort, good luck becomes a missed opportunity. With effort, good luck can become a life-changing event.

You need luck and hard work. It’s not either/or. It’s both/and. The result will not walk through the door on its own.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬”


“When in doubt, just say thank you. There is no downside. Are you honestly worried about showing too much gratitude to the people in your life?”

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“How much could I lose?” is not merely a financial question.

If I make this choice:

– How much time could I lose?

– How much sanity could I lose?

– How much reputation could I lose?

– How much happiness could I lose?

Opportunity cost is about a lot more than money.”

2 Quotes From Others


Author Leo Tolstoy on the importance of being kind—particularly when communicating with others:

“You should know that when a message you convey to another person is not understood by him, at least one of the following things is true: what you have said is not true, or you have conveyed it without kindness.”

Source: A Calendar of Wisdom


Scientist and process improvement expert Ann Hill on the value of ignoring some problems in life:

“Not every problem needs to be overcome, just the ones stopping you from getting where you want to be.”

Source: Twitter

1 Question For You

What has been your favorite period of the last decade? How can you recreate some of that magic over the next year?

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Until next week,

James ClearAuthor of the #1 worldwide bestseller, Atomic HabitsCreator of the Habit Journal

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