The Joseph Group

3-2-1 to Inspire and Spark Joy

September 17, 2020

To Inspire:

I (Matt) am a big fan of James Clear, author of Atomic Habits and creator of the Habit Journal. Every Thursday I receive his 3-2-1 email blast which consists of 3 of his own ideas; 2 quotes from others; and 1 idea for the reader to ponder. Here’s a recent 3-2-1 that I really liked and want to share it with all of you. Enjoy….but more than enjoy, also act on the thoughts and ideas here that inspire you to become the best version of yourself – for acting on them is where you will find great joy and where others will receive that joy from you!


  1. “The most overlooked and underappreciated growth strategy is consistently producing great work over a long time.”

  2. Build before you have to:

    1. Build knowledge before you have to.

    2. Build strength before you have to.

    3. Build an emergency fund before you have to.

  3. “Vision is the bottleneck of talent” Most talent is wasted because people do not clearly know what they want. It’s not a lack of effort, but a lack of direction. There are many capable people in the world, but relatively few that focus on what matters.”


  • Poet Lucille Clifton on emphasizing joy over status: “One should wish to celebrate more than one wishes to be celebrated.” (Source: 1992 interview for Poets & Writers Magazine)

  • The philosophers Willard Van Orman Quine and J.S. Ullian on the difference between being right and having been right: “The desire to be right and the desire to have been right are two desires, and the sooner we separate them the better off we are. The desire to be right is the thirst for truth. On all counts, both practical and theoretical, there is nothing but good to be said for it. The desire to have been right, on the other hand, is the pride that goeth before a fall. It stands in the way of our seeing we were wrong, and thus blocks the progress of our knowledge.” Source: The Web of Belief (Hat tip to Farnam Street)


  • What are the 1-2 things that if you get them done today, you’ll go to bed content?