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3-2-1: Busyness, what makes us happy, and going a little overboard

read on JAMESCLEAR.COM | OCTOBER 27, 2022

Happy 3-2-1 Thursday!

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

3 Ideas From Me


“The observant person finds many teachers.”

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“Criticize to uplift, not to destroy.”

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“Every transaction is paid for at least three times. First, with the money you pay. Second, with the time you spend. Third, with the reputation you create through your behavior.

Being pleasant, reliable, and easy to work with might cost you a little more time. Perhaps even a bit of extra money. But the long-term returns from a great reputation usually outweigh the cost of a single transaction.

Most of the value in life and in business arises out of good relationships.”

2 Quotes From Others


Priest and novelist Charles Kingsley on what makes us happy:

“We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”

Source: Britannica


Writer, artist, and podcast host Debbie Millman on busyness:

“Busy is a decision. We do the things we want to do, period. If we say we are too busy, it is just shorthand for the thing being “not important enough” or “not a priority.” Busy is not a badge. You don’t find the time to make things, you make the time to do things.”

Source: In the Company of Women

1 Question For You

What’s something good to “go a little overboard” on?

What’s something you could benefit from caring less about?

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Until next week,

James ClearAuthor of Atomic Habits and keynote speaker​

p.s. When you realize how you’re sitting right now.


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