James Clear

James Clear quotes on mastery

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

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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.

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Mastery requires practice. But the more you practice something, the more boring and routine it becomes. Thus, an essential component of mastery is the ability to search for new details in old practices. Don’t abandon the fundamentals. Find something new to be in awe about.

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In the beginning, you just have to master the art of showing up. You don't even have to succeed. You just need to get started.

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Making remarkable progress is not about doing more with what you have. It's about choosing to do less and mastering what remains.

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