James Clear

James Clear quotes on values

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

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Before you ask for readers, write the article you wish you could read. Before you ask for the sale, create the product you wish you had. Before you need support, be the supportive friend. Before you need love, be the loving partner. Always give value before you ask for value.

2

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.

3

The process of growth is the process of choosing your values, beliefs, and actions rather than imitating them.

4

Getting a PhD is far more expensive than I initially realized. The true cost of a PhD is not merely the cost of school. You lose nearly a decade of earnings during the exact period when your savings would compound the most. Even if you get a full ride, it might not be worth it.

5

It costs nothing to ask a successful person how they succeeded, but it may deliver more value than 1,000 hours of hard work. Others are under no obligation to tell you their secrets, but it is surprising how much you can learn from sincere, direct, and thoughtful questions.

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You don't know your true values until you are forced to make a tradeoff between them.

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It is so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements on a daily basis. It is only when looking back 2 or 5 or 10 years later that the value of good habits and the cost of bad ones becomes strikingly apparent.

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You cannot predict the value your work will provide to the world. And you don't need to. Your job is to make the work, not judge it.

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It’s so easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making better decisions on a daily basis.

10

Perceived value motivates you to act. Actual value motivates you to repeat.

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