Release year: 2018

Author: James Clear

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I think this book greatly summarizes about 5 of the books I read so far. It’s like “Mastery”, “So Good, They Can’t Ignore You”, “Unlearn”, “Psycho-Cybernetics”, all rolled up into one. An easy recommend for someone interest in self-help.

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⭐ Star quotes

  1. (p. 16) Habits are the compound interest of self-improvement.
  2. (p. 20) A hallmark of any compounding process: the most powerful outcomes are delayed.
  3. (p. 28) ⭐ You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.
  4. (p. 87) Stop thinking about your environment as filled with objects. Start thinking about it as filled with relationships.
  5. (p. 110) The habit stacking + temptation building formula is:
    1. After [current habit], I will [habit I need].
    2. After [habit I need], I will [habit I want].
  6. (p. 130) You don’t “have” to do X. You get to do X.
  7. (p. 142) The best is the enemy of the good.
  8. (p. 190) ⭐ The last mile is always the least crowded.
  9. (p. 200) Never lapse twice. “I can’t be perfect, but I can avoid a second lapse. As soon as one streak ends, I get started on the next one.”
  10. (p. 200) ⭐ Missing once is an accident. Missing twice is the start of a new habit.
  11. (p. 224) ⭐ The work that hurts you less than it hurts others is the work you were made to do.
  12. (p. 227) Until you work as hard as those you admire, don’t explain away their success as luck.
  13. (p. 235) You have to fall in love with boredom.
  14. (p. 240) Habits + Deliberate Practice = Mastery
  15. (p. 249) The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail.
  16. (p. 263) ⭐ Being poor is not having too little, it is wanting more.