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3–2–1; Royalty & Philosophy

3 Ideas, 2 Quotes, 1 Question.

Inspired by James Clear’s ‘3–2–1’ Newsletter, author of Atomic Habits.

Photo by Jessica Kantak Bailey on Unsplash


I. Royalty & Philosophy

A short piece on how you should cultivate the energy of both philosophers and kings.

You Need Both

In life, you need both royalty and philosophy.

You need to radiate both those energies!

You need to understand your worth, and be treat like a king.

You need to be rational, objective and philosophise.

Cultivate Philosophy

Cultivate the philosophical approach into all that you do.

Cultivate that key objectivity, rationality and wonder that all philosophers have!

Cultivate Royalty

Cultivate the energy that one would have if you were a king.

Demand respect, honour and celebration.

We’re All Leaders

We all have a role in life.

To the stoic, their role is to be good.

No matter what your role is, you cannot avoid this simple truth — we are all leaders.

In some way or another, we lead.

We lead our families or our friends.

We lead a team of colleagues and workers.

We lead people to improvement.

Within this leadership, you need to use philosophy and royalty.

Use Philosophy & Royalty

Use philosophy by cultivating objectivity and remembering all that you have practiced.

Use royalty to demand respect and get the job done!

II. Love Your Craft

A short piece on loving what you do, but also making time for it.

Love Your Craft

Your goal in life is to love what you do.

You should aim to love your craft, the daily work that you do, and look forward to it.

What is the point if you don’t?

Understandably, you will not love your job or role at all moments.

There will definitely be times where the role tests you, and the only thing you can think about is quitting.

However, it takes a strong person to face those negative thoughts and come out stronger.

Are you that person?

Will you stick with it, knowing the potential it has, even when you desire to quit?

You should aim to love your craft.

Enjoy it!

Add many aspects of fun, meet new people and try make it the best possible place for you.

Are You Making The Time?

You must remember that, when it comes to the humble art, nobody is forcing you to do it.

Nobody is forcing you to continue with your hobbies, nobody is forcing you to show up each day to training.

The only person you have to abide by is yourself.

Which leads into the question, are you making the time?

The humble art is yours, and yours only.

Are you making the time to practice your craft?

Are you choosing to keep going with it each day and make progress?

If you don’t make time for your craft, it is unlikely that you will make much progress.

You need to be vigilant and make time in life for the things you love!

III. Kindness Is Always The Right Response

What Is Kindness?

Kindness is the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

It’s a behaviour that many of us are taught to adapt from youth, and, if we practice it often enough, should stick with us till old age.

Kindness, alongside generosity and positivity, is the type of thing that can land you great jobs, great relationships and much more.

It is a wonderful virtue.

The Two Types

There are two types of kindness outlined in the above quote by the great Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius.

  1. Insincere kindness
  2. Sincere kindness

Kindness is not so straightforward as it seems.

Many people practice insincere kindness, in order to further their agendas and get things out of people.

Not so many practice sincere kindness: but it is this type of kindness that is valued.

Insincere Kindness

Insincere kindness can be seen as a version of flattery.

Insincere kindness is when you are nice to people, but with a selfish, ulterior motive behind it.

Perhaps you compliment somebody, but it is only because you want a complement back.

Perhaps you do someone a favour, but it is only as you want a favour back.

Insincere kindness is fake kindness. It does nothing but harm the situation.

Many people know when your kindness is fabricated, and so, you must work to practice the other type of kindness, sincere kindness.

Sincere Kindness

Sincere kindness could be classed as the ‘good’ type of kindness, while insincere kindness is the ‘bad’ type of kindness.

Sincere kindness is when you act kindly simply from the good of your heart. You expect nothing in return, yet treat people with generosity and care anyway.

Sincere kindness is invincible, for it is genuine and comes from the heart.

Practice sincere kindness, rather than flattery or hypocrisy.

When sincere kindness radiates from your being, when it radiates through all your actions and thoughts, even the most malicious person will simply give up, as kindness is invincible.


I. On Harmony

Epictetus, a great Stoic philosopher, on how we should bring harmony and grace into all that occurs.

“The task of a philosopher: we should bring our will into harmony with whatever happens, so that nothing happens against our will and nothing that we wish for fails to happen.”


II. On Habit

Aristotle, on the importane of consistent, repeated actions.

“We are what we repeatedly do, Excellence is therefore not an act but a habit.”


How can you make somebody else smile today?

Perhaps just a small act or gesture of kindness — it could be immensely important to them.

Thanks for reading!

Until next week,

Sam. 😆



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