I’m an author and photographer. I write about behavioral psychology, habit formation, and performance improvement. My work has been covered by dozens of major media outlets including CBS, Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes, TIME Magazine, and more.
I study successful people across a wide range of disciplines — entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, and more — to uncover the habits and routines that make these people the best at what they do. Then, I share what I learn in my popular email newsletter.
I don’t have all the answers, but I’m happy to share what I’ve learned so far. Want to hear more? Read my full story.
My work focuses on one simple question: How can we live better?
The first way I try to answer that question is to take the complex and make it simple to understand. What are the fundamental forces that shape our success and failure? What common misconceptions do we have about the way the world works? What are the organizing principles that determine the growth and improvement of all living systems?
The second way I try to answer that question is to apply these insights to everyday life. What are the most effective ways to turn proven scientific research into tangible results? How can we pinpoint the hidden roadblocks in our lives and overcome our mental barriers? How can we become the architect of our habits rather than the victim of them?
My ultimate goal is to answer a question that lies at the core of what it means to be human: is it possible to master the habits that shape our lives and, if so, how do we do it? My hope is that—even if I can only answer this question in a modest way—my work will save you time, make you more effective, and help you build better habits.
What Readers Think
I feel very lucky to share my work with a wide range of people. More than 350,000 people subscribe to my weekly email newsletter. My readers include men and women, athletes and artists, CEOs and entrepreneurs, teachers and students, leaders and teammates, and many other fine folks who aspire to build better habits and improve their performance.
Here’s what a few of them have to say…
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Regardless of your age or vocation – if you don't read/follow @james_clear – you are truly missing out. Absolutely brilliant…
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If you want to follow someone inspiring and insightful, read @james_clear 's stuff. I subscribe to his newsletter and I always enjoy it!
— Sonya Looney (@SonyaLooney) February 10, 2015
When people ask me for advice on productivity the first thing I do is find them something to read on @james_clear's website.
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