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🐇 Down a James Clear Rabbit Hole

🐇 Down a James Clear Rabbit Hole
By Chris Hladczuk • Issue #35 • View online
I have a confession.
I went down a James Clear rabbit hole.
And devoured 100 of his 3-2-1 weekly newsletters.
Here are 10 ideas that will change how you think about joy, judgment, and networking:

(for those who don’t know- James Clear is the author of #1 New York Times best seller Atomic Habits (5 million copies sold worldwide). I read the book in March 2020 and it changed the way I build systems for success.)
1) “The most effective networking strategy has nothing to do with conferences, cocktail hours, and cold emails.
  • Do interesting things
  • Share them publicly
Repeat those two strategies and you become a magnet.
Like-minded people will come to you.”
2) “How to think clearly:
Rather than trying to be right, assume you are wrong and try to be less wrong.
Trying to be right has a tendency to turn into protecting your beliefs.
Trying to be less wrong has a tendency to prompt questions and intellectual humility.”
3) “To improve, compare little things
-marketing strategies
-exercise technique
-writing tactics
To be miserable, compare big things
-career path
-net worth
Comparison is a thief of joy when applied broadly, but a teacher of skills when applied narrowly”
4) “If you want to be in the top 1% of a domain, then you can’t take your cues and follow the social norms of 99% of people.
This is harder than it sounds.
We are wired to imitate. The further you want to climb, the more carefully you need to construct your tribe.”
5) “The fact that you go to the gym even though you don’t “need” to…
is why you don’t need to.
The fact that you save when you could spend…
is why you have money to spend.
Your habits create your strength.”
6) “A little secret:
You don’t need the right answer to start. You can start by asking a question.
Simply asking, “How can I be a better friend?” or “How can I be a healthy person?” will bring answers naturally.
In the beginning, repeating the question is enough.”
7) “What looks like a talent gap is often a focus gap.
The ‘all star’ is often an average to above average performer who spends more time working on what is important and less time on distractions.
The talent is staying focused.”
8) “Lack of confidence kills more dreams than lack of ability.
Talent matters but people talk themselves out of giving their best effort long before talent is the limiting factor.
You’re capable of more than you know. Don’t be your own bottleneck”
9) “The Process:
1) Decide what you want to achieve.
2) Try different ways of achieving it until you find one that works for you.
3) Do more of what works. Do less of what doesn’t.
4) Don’t stop doing it until it stops working.
5) Repeat.”
10) “It’s usually more important to be in the right room than to be the smartest person in the room.
A person with great judgment and average intelligence will usually beat someone with great intelligence and average judgment.
Judgment is knowing what room to be in.”
that’s it for the week,
p.s. if you have a second, hit reply and tell me which is your favorite! Mine is #3
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