James Clear

James Clear quotes on responsibility

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

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In life: (1) Some things are not your fault, but they are your responsibility. (2) Other things are not your responsibility, but they are your problem. (3) Many things are neither your responsibility nor your problem, but they make the world better. Take action on all three.


The most satisfying form of freedom is not a life without responsibilities, but a life where you are free to choose your responsibilities.


When you say no, you are only saying no to one option. When you say yes, you are saying no to every other option. No is a decision. Yes is a responsibility. Be careful what (and who) you say yes to. It will shape your day, your career, your family, your life.


Entrepreneurship is so growth-inducing because it forces you to take full responsibility for your own results.


Sometimes parents ask me how to apply Atomic Habits to their kids. I’m starting to think the best way is the most straightforward: apply Atomic Habits to yourself. It’s hard to convince them a habit should be a priority when you only make it an option. Show them your best self.


It is the responsibility of the writer to make it easy on the reader.


The responsibility of any creator is to do the work, not judge it. Your job is to fall in love with the process, not grade the outcome.

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