James Clear

James Clear quotes on building

Author of the #1 NYT bestseller Atomic Habits. I write about building better habits.

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1

If you want to spread an idea, write an essay that makes it easy to understand. If you want to spread an action, build a tool that makes it easy to do.

2

Build before you have to. - Build knowledge before you have to. - Build strength before you have to. - Build an emergency fund before you have to. Let internal pressure drive you today, so you can handle external pressure tomorrow.

3

“Measure twice, cut once.” Avoid wasted effort. “Build once, sell twice.” Multiply your effort.

4

The problem with being solely focused on one project is that you have to nail the initial decision. It might be better to have a main project and space to tinker on 2-3 side projects. They are a slight distraction, but they also increase your odds of finding the right project.

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It’s remarkable what you can build if you just don’t stop. - It’s remarkable the business you can build if you don’t stop working. - It’s remarkable the body you can build if you don’t stop training. - It’s remarkable the knowledge you can build if you don’t stop learning.

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Where you apply your effort matters more than how much effort you apply. You might be able to work 10% harder, but working on the right thing can deliver 100x results. Unfortunately, most days we are too busy working on the next thing to ask if we are working on the best thing.

7

Create something. Most people buy the life that others created for them. Build something beautiful instead of accepting something average.

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