9 things that give James Clear a little bit of happiness…

I’m subscribed to a lot of email newsletters and blogs. Most of them I delete without reading, unless their headline grabs my attention.

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I can honestly say when James’ weekly email drops into my inbox I never delete it without a read through.

It always contains value and insight.

He writes about how it’s possible to use our daily routines to improve our performance and therefore achieve more.

James has had and continues to have a very interesting life.

Here’s a few interesting things that’s happened to him in life so far:

He won $10,000 in a competition and lived off of that money for the next year while he started his first business.

He built that business to $20,000/month without hiring any employees.

He’s been a basketball player, trained as an Olympic weightlifter and was chosen, in 2012, as a finalist for the Travel Photographer of the Year award, for covering the September 11th Memorial in New York City (which included this photo):

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Here are 9 things that give James Clear a little bit of happiness…. 


What’s the last thing that made you laugh? 

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This picture: Nailed it!



What’s your favourite book?

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Complications by Atul Gawande.

I love medicine and this is a thoughtful look at what it’s really like to be a surgeon and a human who makes mistakes.



What are you grateful for today?

The opportunity to do work that I love.



What’s your favourite film?

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The Shawshank Redemption.

It’s a classic.



What’s your favourite little pleasure? 

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Eating McDonald’s French fries, which I usually do about once every 2 or 3 months.



Do you have a favourite quote?

It is not the critic who counts;

Not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood;

Who strives valiantly;

Who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming;

But who does actually strive to do the deeds;

Who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause;

Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt



Which person inspired you or which person do you think is inspiring?

My grandpa inspired me. He was a leader, a family man, and most importantly — he was happy.



What one event has been the most memorable in your life?


Walking in the fields on my grandparent’s farm.

If I was taking the last walk of my life, I think that’s where I’d like to do it.



Is there something that’s happened to you, which at the time was seemingly negative but eventually turned out to be positive?

All the time.

Whenever I make a mistake (which is often) it seems like a negative at the time. But pretty soon, I move on and people get over it, and I’m better off and wiser for the mistake.


James Clear writes at JamesClear.com, where he shares ideas about using behaviour science to master your habits and improve your performance.

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