James Clear

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

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A phrase I heard recently and found useful: “I agree with the idea, but disagree with the tone.” Many ideas get dismissed because they are delivered in a cocky/hostile/dismissive tone—or because of who delivers them. This phrase encourages you to separate substance from style.

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A simple strategy that will save you so many headaches: don't care about winning trivial arguments. Someone says something you don't agree with? Smile, nod, and move on to more important things. Life is short. Not caring about having the last word will save you so much time.

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A sure sign you haven’t done enough reading is if you find yourself agreeing with whatever book you read last. At first, it’s easy to be swayed by any reasonable argument. Once you’ve read a lot, you can see that even the best arguments have limitations.

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