James Clear

James Clear quotes on ethics

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

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Abilities that lead to intelligence: 1. The curiosity to experiment and explore. 2. The honesty to observe the world as it is, not as you wish it to be. 3. The humility to kill your favorite ideas when you learn something new. 4. The consistency to repeat this cycle for life.


Mastery requires both impatience and patience. The impatience to have a bias toward action, to not waste time, and to work with a sense of urgency each day. The patience to delay gratification, to wait for your actions to accumulate, and to trust the process.


Whenever you succeed with a small habit, you add a little to your general ability to stick with good habits. With each repeated success, your ability grows as does your trust and confidence in yourself. Slowly, you develop the ability to be consistent even in tough conditions.


Gut reactions are usually very wrong or very right. Wrong when they are based purely on emotion and in domains where you lack experience. Right when they are rooted in deep understanding and well-developed taste. Trust your gut when you have the experience to back it up.


The biggest risk is working on the wrong thing. The second biggest is being unreliable when working on the right thing.


The more immediate the consequences, the more trustworthy the behavior.

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