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3-2-1: Net productivity, how to make meaningful connections, and resilience


Happy 3-2-1 Thursday!

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

3 Ideas From Me


“The ultimate form of preparation is not planning for a specific scenario, but a mindset that can handle uncertainty.”

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“In some areas of life, value is unlocked by starting. Even a five-minute workout or a short walk can reset your mood and benefit your body.

In other areas, value is unlocked by finishing. It does you no good to build a bridge halfway across the river. You need to complete the project to realize the value.

Do you need to start or finish? Are you building a body or building a bridge?”


“Your net productivity is the balance of the productive and unproductive forces in your life.

A great deal of time and energy is spent thinking about how to increase effort, but there is a lot to be gained by reducing friction.

A car will travel faster not only if you press the accelerator, but also if you remove the speed bumps.”

2 Quotes From Others


Dancer, actress, and activist Lena Horne on mindset, strategy, and resilience:

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”

Source: As quoted in Wisdom for the Soul


Psychiatrist Mark Goulston on how to make meaningful connections in life and business:

“Understanding a person’s hunger and responding to it is one of the most potent tools you’ll ever discover for getting through to anyone you meet in business or your personal life.”

Source: Just Listen

1 Question For You

What do I need to accomplish today and how can I have the most fun possible while doing it?

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Until next week,

James ClearAuthor of Atomic Habits and keynote speaker​

p.s. Forest fashion.


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