James Clear

James Clear quotes on leverage

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

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Do the most important thing first each day and you'll never have an unproductive day.


How to 80/20 your life: (1) Make a list of the 10 things you spend the most time on. (2) Circle the two that truly drive your results. Do more of those. (3) Look at the others. Eliminate ruthlessly. Automate or outsource what you can. Press pause on the rest. (4) Repeat.


Many people work hard, but few people work on the highest and best thing. Usually, it takes no more effort to work on high leverage tasks than it does to work on low leverage ones. It's just a matter of directing your energy.


Negotiation Tips -You want leverage. -The person who creates more value has leverage. -The person who can walk away has leverage. -The person who is irreplaceable has leverage. -The person who has a second option has leverage. -The person who knows the numbers has leverage.


“Measure twice, cut once.” Avoid wasted effort. “Build once, sell twice.” Multiply your effort.


There is almost always a simple solution that will deliver 90% of the result you want. The extra 10% can be worthwhile, but it's not *usually* worthwhile. Save the extra effort for the stuff that really, truly matters. In all other cases, do the simple thing.


Good storytellers are more powerful than ever before. Technology has reduced the cost of sharing stories. One great story can move millions to act. Authors. Podcasters. Entrepreneurs. Politicians. Leaders. The person who tells the best story rules their corner of the world.


Good decision making determines the amount of leverage in your life. Good habits determine how well you capitalize on that leverage. Said another way, your decisions determine your trajectory. Your habits determine how far you travel along that path.


Physical environment is one of the most overlooked drivers of habits and behavior change. It has a profound impact on our daily actions.

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