James Clear

James Clear quotes on creation vs consumption

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

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“Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth.” —Machiavelli Mistakes of ambition: -failing on a big goal -creating something nobody wants Mistakes of sloth: -not attempting a big goal -consuming instead of creating Mistakes of ambition teach. Mistakes of sloth comfort.


Your actions are a consequence of your thoughts. Your thoughts are a consequence of what you consume. And in the modern age, what you consume is largely a consequence of how you select and refine your social media feed. Choose better inputs. Get better outputs.


Creators do the work and let others grade the outcome. Consumers grade the outcome and let others do the work.


Each day: 1. Read something. 2. Share something. 3. Make something. Your health & happiness will improve and we'll all be better off for it.


Our lives were meant to be spent making our contribution to the world, not merely consuming the world that others create.


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

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