James Clear

James Clear quotes on luck

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

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There are 3 primary drivers of results in life: 1) Your luck (randomness). 2) Your strategy (choices). 3) Your actions (habits). Only 2 of the 3 are under your control. But if you master those 2, you can improve the odds that luck will work for you rather than against you.


As best I can tell, to achieve exceptional results you need 4 things: (1) Quantity: You take lots of shots. (2) Quality: You take thoughtful shots. (3) Consistency: You keep shooting for a long time. (4) Luck: You get a few favorable bounces.


You can attract luck simply by telling people what you are working on.


The way to attract good luck is to be reliable in a valuable area. The more you repeatedly deliver value, the more people seek you out for that value. Your reputation is a magnet. Once you become known for something, relevant opportunities come to you with no extra work.


Success is often a matter of luck and randomness, but it can be encouraged by effort and strategy.


There are two ways to achieve extraordinary outcomes: 1) Be lucky. 2) Be obsessed. Most people need some combination of both. However, only one of those factors is within your control. Work hard, stay focused, and let the chips fall where they may.


Increasingly, I believe getting rich and staying rich require different skills. Qualities needed for getting rich: -focused -optimistic -confident -lucky Qualities needed for staying rich: -diversified -pessimistic -humble -lucky Ideally, you’d learn to alternate as needed.


Action creates the possibility for good luck. Fortune waits beyond the starting line.


The quality of your life is a product of the habits you build and the choices you make, plus or minus the luck you encounter along the way. You can't control luck, but you can control your habits and your choices. Direct your focus there.


Your Results = (Habits) x (Time) +/- (Luck) Habits and luck both matter, but not in the same way. Luck is *out of your control* and the impact of one-off events fades over time. Habits are the opposite. Your habits are *in your control* and their impact compounds over time.


It is increasingly true that the internet is removing gatekeepers, increasing access, and leveling the playing field in many domains. But luck still matters.

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