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3-2-1: Active patience, focusing on what you can control, and playing a game worth winning


Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

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

3 Ideas From Me


“Think about what you want today and you’ll spend your time.

Think about what you want in 5 years and you’ll invest your time.”

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“Someone else living a good life does not prevent you from living a good life.

There are many ways to win and plenty of space.”

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“You don’t need to catch every break if you’re willing to keep trying.

Every winner has an archive of losses, but each attempt creates the chance for a victory.

You need to be patient, but not passive. Active patience.”

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2 Quotes From Others


Author and activist Helen Keller on the importance of doing ordinary things in an extraordinary way:

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty and joy to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. … The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.”

Source: Optimism


Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius on focusing on what you can control:

“You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

Source: Meditations

1 Question For You

Are you playing a game worth winning?

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Until next week,

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

p.s. The perfect way to start the day.

p.p.s I’d like to give a hat tip to both Tim Ferriss and Garrett Gunderson for today’s question. I’ve seen each of them share it (or a similar version) previously.