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​​Reference​: James Clear

3-2-1: On eliminating clutter, reinventing yourself, and unity

read on JAMESCLEAR.COM | FEBRUARY 25, 2021

Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

I hope you're finishing February on a high note. Spring is coming.

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


3 Ideas From Me


"Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour.

You don’t have to do it all today. Just lay a brick."

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"School requires you to learn about things after the answer has already been decided.

Life requires you to learn about things while the answer is in the process of being decided."

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"Clarity is the elimination of mental clutter.

Agility is the elimination of physical clutter.

Tranquility is the elimination of spiritual clutter."

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2 Quotes From Others


Film director and screenwriter Krzysztof Kieslowski on unity:

"If there is anything worthwhile doing for the sake of culture, then it is touching on subject matters and situations which link people, and not those that divide people. There are too many things in the world which divide people, such as religion, politics, history, and nationalism.

If culture is capable of anything, then it is finding that which unites us all. And there are so many things which unite people. It doesn't matter who you are or who I am—if your tooth aches or mine, it's still the same pain. Feelings are what link people together, because the word "love" has the same meaning for everybody. Or "fear," or "suffering." We all fear the same way ... and we all love in the same way.

That's why I tell about these things, because in all other things I immediately find division."

Source: Kieslowski's Many Colours 


Poet Diane Ackerman on reinventing yourself:

"Living things tend to change unrecognizably as they grow. Who would deduce the dragonfly from the larva, the iris from the bud, the lawyer from the infant?

Flora or fauna, we are all shapeshifters and magical reinventors. Life is really a plural noun, a caravan of selves."

Source: Cultivating Delight


1 Question For You

A question from venture capitalist and executive coach, Jerry Colonna:

"How are you complicit in creating the conditions you say you don’t want?"

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Until next week,

James Clear
Author of the million-copy bestseller, Atomic Habits
Creator of the 
Habit Journal

p.s. He's a hap hap happy dog ... and another one ... okay, one more.​