James Clear

James Clear quotes on career advice

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

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The 4 qualities of a great career: 1) I enjoy it 2) I’m good at it 3) I make good money 4) I’m around fascinating people Answer in reverse order: 1) Where are fascinating people? 2) In what ways can I make money with them? 3) Which ones am I good at? 4) Which ones do I enjoy?

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It’s crazy how you hear the story of The Tortoise and the Hare while growing up, and assume it’s just a nice thing to tell kids—and then you start your career and watch it actually happen. The people who stick with things for years and never stop almost always win the race.

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One of the most underrated career skills that isn’t really taught anywhere is editing your own writing. Great writing is actually re-writing. Simplifying paragraphs. Clarifying key points. Double-checking for typos. Good writing will impress in any job.

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What doesn’t matter as a nonfiction writer: -Where you went to school -What you studied in school -What credentials you hold -How much experience you have What does matter as a nonfiction writer: 1) Writing something true, useful, and clear 2) Getting in front of more readers

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