James Clear

James Clear quotes on comparing yourself

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

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To improve, compare little things. -marketing strategies -exercise technique -writing tactics To be miserable, compare big things. -career path -marriage -net worth Comparison is the thief of joy when applied broadly, but the teacher of skills when applied narrowly.


Comparing yourself to others... ...is positive when it motivates you to get back to work, upgrade your skills, and remain dedicated to a meaningful pursuit. ...is negative when it causes rumination, negative self-talk, and lower self-esteem. It’s a thin line between the two.


Small habits don't add up, they compound. You don't need to be twice as good to get twice the results. You just need to be slightly better.


I'm still tweaking the recipe for happiness, but here's the recipe for unhappiness: comparing yourself to others.


3 ways to become infinitely happy: 1) Don't compare yourself to others. 2) Talk to strangers and make new friends. 3) Live in the moment.


We all experience failure. Mentally tough people realize failure is just an event, not an indication of their identity and self-worth.

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