3-2-1 Flying Fridays

Hello lovely readers and welcome back to 3-2-1 Flying Fridays! The only weekly post that believes you have to write your thoughts down in order to see them.

Following a 3-2-1 approach, it contains 3 thoughts from me (that you should ignore), 2 quotes from others (that you should read), and 1 something special (maybe). 

As a bonus I’ve finished with one joke that’s so bad, it’s good!

Let’s begin!

3 x Thoughts:

1) The more notes you take the more connections you build. The more connections you build the more your writing improves.

2) A simple way to outline blog post.

  • Start with the problem.
  • Tell your readers what the solution is.
  • Tell them how to implement this solution (break it down).
  • Finish by highlighting the main takeaway(s). 

3) A guide to challenging negative beliefs:

  1. Write down your negative belief.
  2. Ask yourself what factual evidence exists to support this belief.
  3. Ask yourself what contrary evidence exists to refute it.
  4. Ask yourself what a friend would say.
  5. State a new belief based on new evidence/what your friend would say.
  6. Ask yourself what your life would look like if you continue to invest in this belief.
  7. Every time you notice your old belief surfacing challenge it with your new belief.
  8. State your new belief every morning as part of your routine – keep repeating it your mind until it takes over.

2 x Quotes:

“Good writing is always about things that are important to you, things that are scary to you, things that eat you up. But the writing is a way of not allowing those things to destroy you.”

— John Edgar Wideman

“The worst readers are those who behave like plundering troops: they take away a few things they can use, dirty and confound the remainder, and revile the whole… The philosopher believes that the value of his philosophy lies in the whole, in the building: posterity discovers it in the bricks with which he built and which are then often used again for better building: in the fact, that is to say, that that building can be destroyed and nonetheless possess value as material.

— Nietzsche

1 x Thing:

This beast of a post by Micheal SimmonsThe Brutal Truth About Reading: If You Don’t Take Notes Right, You’ll Forget Nearly Everything. The post outlines how to take high quality notes – but also the benefits of sharing those notes publicly. Here’s an excerpt:

“We ask ourselves, “Who am I to share what I know?” Actually, who are you not to share? You have an embarrassment of riches. You know more than 99.9% of people in human history. You having impostor’s syndrome does not serve the world. Everyone is a teacher. Knowledge is abundant. The more you give it, the more you have it. When you teach others, you teach a student and create a future teacher. You become a link in the chain of wisdom that gets passed from human to human and generation to generation.”

1 x Joke:

We were having fondue for dinner the other night when my son flung melted cheese across the table.

I said, “Watch out, there’s been an explosion… Da brie is everywhere!!”


3-2-1 Flying Fridays – 04/03/22


You can find more of AP2’s writing here at: https://pointlessoverthinking.com

You can also find him on Medium at: https://anxiouspilot2.medium.com

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14 thoughts on “3-2-1 Flying Fridays

  • Thank you, AP2, for sharing another wonderful post with us–yes, “even” for the joke! :-). The part about note taking resonates strongly with me. A few years ago, I started keeping my cell handy with me to make notes; and I’ve also found that highlighting makes a huge difference to my comprehension level. Wishing you a great weekend!

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  • Loved this post! I’ve been MIA cz reading is exhausting me. I’m always behind on reading blogs. I decided not to save blog posts for later anymore and just read when I have the time and energy. It’s hard to pick a favorite from this post because I loved the thoughts, the quotes, the article excerpt, and of course the joke 😆

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  • Did your wife shred that cheesy joke? 😆

    Your comments and thoughts about note taking, especially in the context of reading, is an interesting one.

    Even in the highly digital world, I still prefer to take handwritten notes at meetings and lectures, because your brain processes the information in a more active way than say just quickly typing it out on a laptop. Something about making the connections of what you’re hearing and then further connections with your hands that are writing your distilled summary of what you understood. It’s a fascinating process.

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    • Ha – yes she did! I hand write my notes initially – but I type them up later because I like to keep them all in one place. I read somewhere that our writing is different when hand write for this reason. I often find if I hand write a post it’s more personal than if I just type it straight out. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Ab – it’s a great point. Wishing you and yours well 🙏

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