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3-2-1: The process of life, joys of walking, and best hour of your week


Happy 3-2-1 Thursday!

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

3 Ideas From Me


“The trick to viewing feedback as a gift is to be more worried about having blind spots than hearing about them.”

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“The world seems to be accustomed to delaying gratification less and less, which means the rewards of delaying gratification grow more and more.”

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“The more an idea is tied to your identity, the more you will ignore evidence it is false. To continue to grow and learn, you must be willing to update, expand, and edit your identity.”

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2 Quotes From Others


Writer Jeanette Winterson on the process of life:

“We live in a society that peddles solutions, whether it’s solutions to those extra pounds you’re carrying, or to your thinning hair, or to your loss of appetite, loss of love. We are always looking for solutions, but actually what we are engaged in is a process throughout life during which you never get it right. You have to keep being open, you have to keep moving forward. You have to keep finding out who you are and how you are changing, and only that makes life tolerable.”

Source: Women at Work, Volume II


Writer Lauren Elkin on the joys of walking:

“Walking is mapping with your feet. It helps you piece a city together, connecting up neighborhoods that might otherwise have remained discrete entities, different planets bound to each other, sustained yet remote. I like seeing how in fact they blend into one another, I like noticing the boundaries between them. Walking helps me feel at home. There’s a small pleasure in seeing how well I’ve come to know the city through my wanderings on foot, crossing through different neighborhoods of the city, some I used to know quite well, others I may not have seen in a while, like getting reacquainted with someone I once met at a party.”

Source: Why We Walk

1 Question For You

What has been the best hour of my week? How can I make it easier to have more hours like that?

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Until next week,

James ClearAuthor of Atomic Habits and keynote speaker​


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