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3-2-1: Resilience, growth, and a guiding question for new opportunities


Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

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

3 Ideas From Me


“When considering a new project or opportunity, one of the first questions to ask is, “How do I want to spend my days?”

Make as few choices as possible that violate your answer.

Many opportunities seem exciting but actually give you less of the life you want.”

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“Train hard and focus on what you can control.”

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“Be kind. You should do it simply to be decent, but do it even if you’re a ruthless mercenary because you have no idea where people will end up in 10 years. The balance of power is always shifting. People will surprise you.”

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2 Quotes From Others


The Greek poet, Dinos Christianopoulos, shares a message on resilience:

“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.”

Source: The Body and the Wormwood

This saying has become a rallying cry for many political and social movements. In particular, it was utilized by Mexican activists and is often attributed as a Mexican proverb. The literal translation from Greek reads: “What didn’t you do to bury me / but you forgot I was a seed.”


Journalist and author, Gail Sheehy, on growth:

“If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we are not really living.

Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. It may mean a giving up of familiar but limiting patterns, safe but unrewarding work, values no longer believed in, relationships that have lost their meaning.

As Dostoevsky put it, “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.” The real fear should be of the opposite course.”

Source: Passages: Predictable Crises of Adult Life

1 Question For You

A question from Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft:

“What should exist? To me, that’s the most exciting question imaginable. What do we need that we don’t have?”

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