James Clear

James Clear quotes on risk

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

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Your success depends on the risks you take. Your survival depends on the risks you avoid.

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If a decision is reversible, the biggest risk is moving too slow. If a decision is irreversible, the biggest risk is moving too fast.

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The paradox of risk: (1) Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Lose the basket and you lose it all. (2) Don't put your eggs in too many baskets. The more baskets you manage, the less energy you can put into each one. It's risky to do things halfway. Diversified, but focused.

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To achieve success, you must be willing to take risks. To take risks, you must be willing to be vulnerable. Therefore: To achieve success, you must be willing to be vulnerable.

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Skin in the game works best with a margin of safety. Skin in the game without a safety net = survival mode. With no margin for error, you must avoid the downside. Skin in the game plus a safety net = creative mode. With daily needs covered, you can work to capture the upside.

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Bad habits and toxic relationships can become a crutch. They hurt us, but we know *how* they’ll hurt us. Meanwhile, improving your life is possible, but trying new things also involves uncertainty. Many people would rather repeat a known pain than deal with an unknown risk.

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