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Paving the Titans' Way

Paving the Titans' Way

Earn $100 in BTC for publishing a plan outlining how to install a good habit in your life and that of others.


This is a task proposal for 1729 — the newsletter that pays you to improve yourself. I strongly support the initiative and have completed all tasks myself. Except the last one that is: write a task that can appear on 1729.

This is a DRAFT — no prizes will be awarded for any submissions at this time. Learn more here.


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

It's almost a truism that you improve yourself by forming good habits and by letting go of bad habits. Much ink has been spilled on the subject, but if you need the tl;dr:

What you repeatedly do (i.e. what you spend time thinking about and doing each day) ultimately forms the person you are, the things you believe, and the personality that you portray. Everything I write about – from procrastination and productivity to strength and nutrition – starts with better habits. When you learn to transform your habits, you can transform your life.

That's from James Clear, at some point in the 21st century. That quote above on excellence being an habit? That's from Aristotle in the 4th century BC.

A Plan

What habits to implement? You probably know best about yourself, but this is a task, so let's make it specific — and give you some inspiration in the process.

For this task, I want you to pick up the book Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris. In the book, Tim interviews a ton of top-achievers on their habits, tools and insights.

If you can't afford the book, don't sweat it — you can find a lot of summaries and notes online, both in text and video format.

I want you to pick one habit in the book that seems promising, and come up with a plan to implement it in your life. You should publish this plan on your blog / newsletter (see previous task) and paste the link in the form below.

Habit Mechanics

What makes a good plan? For this, I'll leave you in the hands of experts. One book I would recommend in Atomic Habits by James Clear. Again, don't sweat if you can't afford the book. In this case, I've uploaded a very nice summary of the book I got from Tim Josling. James Clear also has a ton of free writing on habits up on his website.

One particular concept in Atomic Habits  that I want you to pay attention to is that of feedback loop, made of a cue, a craving,  a response, and a reward.

Another book I would recommend is The Motivation Hacker by Nick Winter. The book outlines a few strategies you can use to muster a lot of motivation. It's complementary to James Clear's writing, and might be particularly indicated for more ambitious habits/endeavours.

Task: Earn 100$ in BTC

Use the materials presented above to come up with a plan to implement an habit in your life and that of others. This plan should be, amongst other things, simple, repeatable, specific, unambiguous, and — last but not least — realistic.