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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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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