Who are you and what is this place?

James ClearHi there. I’m James Clear and I’m the man behind this little website.

My goal is pretty simple: I want to share practical ideas and proven research that helps you master your habits, optimize your performance, and take control of your health and happiness. I don’t claim to have all the answers and I still have a lot to learn, but I’m happy to share what I’ve learned along the way.

But I’m not the only one you’ll find on this little site. We’ve built an incredible community of people who care about living well and doing good — and you’re welcome to become a part of it.

I’ll tell you more about myself below, but if you’d like to join our little community and learn how to master your habits in health and in life, then enter your email address below and click “Get Updates!”

About James Clear

I believe that the world would be a better place if we had more people who were athletes, entrepreneurs, and artists. In other words, I believe that the world would be a better place if we had more people who were putting their sweat, their work, and their vision out into the world. I believe that the world would be a better place if we chose to take control of our experience on earth and contribute to the world around us in some way.

And I think more people would do those things, if people opened up and shared what is working and what isn’t working when it comes to those things.

If you have a body, you are an athlete. If you have an idea, you are an entrepreneur. If you build something, you are an artist. We all have those capabilities in us. It just comes down to learning how to use them.

My hope is to share the ideas, tools, and resources that you need to maximize those capabilities, master your habits, and take control of your experience on this little planet. My goal is to teach everything I learn — however little that may be.

Whether they are good or bad, I don’t want to leave my best lessons inside of me. And that’s what this website is all about: sharing my writing and work in the hope that it will make it easier for you to improve your performance, master your habits, and take control of your happiness and health.

My hope is that people who take pride in their craft, people who have a passion for adventure, and people who have a desire to contribute and create will come here to share in my journey, challenge my ideas, and offer their own thoughts to a community that cares about doing work that matters.

In other words, I’m looking for people like you.

Fun Facts and Life Events

Here are some fun things that have happened to me in recent years…

  • When I was 4, I memorized the book Duck Dodgers in Outer Space (arguably my greatest achievement)
  • I played baseball in college and was named to the ESPN Academic All—American team my senior year (press release)
  • I won $10,000 in a competition and lived off of that money for the next year while I started my first business. Eventually, I built that business to $20,000/month without hiring any employees. (The average month was more like $8,000.)
  • After my baseball career was over, I joined a team and started training in Olympic weightlifting. I wasn’t that great, but my teammate (Holley Mangold) competed in the 2012 Olympic Games and our coach, Mark Cannella, was a coach for Team USA. It was a good group.
  • I saw a game in old Yankee Stadium with some of my best friends, yelled to the home plate umpire in the middle of the game, convinced him to meet us after the game, and then had drinks with him in Times Square.
  • I was in St. Petersburg, Russia when — without a ticket or a pass — I accidentally ended up backstage at a Sting concert in the palace square. So, I did the only logical thing: walked around the corner, watched the concert from the front row, and danced like a fool.
  • I shave my head. What? You thought I would pay for a hair cut? Child please.
  • Watched the Ohio State vs. Michigan football game in 2006 (undefeated #1 vs. undefeated #2)
  • I went dogsledding above the Arctic Circle in Tromso, Norway. It was 30 degrees BELOW zero. I also saw the Northern Lights, which were incredible. (photo)
  • I played the world’s worst game of pickup basketball in Mexico (no blood, no foul … right?)
  • In 2012, I was chosen as a finalist for the Travel Photographer of the Year award for my photography work covering the September 11th Memorial in New York City. (this photo.)

… and in between those fun little events, I made a lot of mistakes.

My Values

Growth (Learning, Adventure, and Taking Action)

  • Am I learning and improving? Am I seeking adventure and exploration?
  • Am I setting a higher standard in my work and my life?
  • Am I taking action on the things that are important to me?

Self-Respect (Authenticity, Balance, Happiness)

  • Am I living a balanced life?
  • Am I living authentically?
  • Am I giving myself permission to be happy with who I am right now?

Servant Leadership (Community, Happiness, Responsibility)

  • Am I bringing people together?
  • Am I making the world a happier place?
  • Am I empowering others to be leaders and tell their own story?
  • Am I someone others can count on? Am I reliable and dependable?

Lifting Stats and Personal Records

Just to be clear: I’m not sharing these numbers as some sort of competition. I have plenty of teammates and friends who are stronger than I am. I just want to show you that I try to live out the things I write about each week.

It’s great to share good ideas, but I think it’s just as important to “walk the walk” and so I try to do that. (Besides, what fun is it to merely talk about things and never do them?)

Height — 6 feet 4 inches / 193 cm
Weight — 216 lbs. / 98 kg

Snatch — 178 lbs / 81 kg (video)
Clean and Jerk — 253 lbs / 115 kg (video)
Squat — 375 lbs / 170 kg
Deadlift — 455 lbs / 206 kg
Bench Press — 240 lbs / 108 kg
Consecutive Pushups with strict form — 80
Consecutive Pullups with strict form — 17

Testimonials from People Like You

“I’d cover myself in snakes if it meant I got to read another post by James Clear.”
—Indiana Jones

Just kidding. Indiana Jones didn’t really say that.

But the good news is that plenty of other people have nice things to say! I don’t ask for testimonials, so all of the quotes below came from emails that nice readers sent to me of their own accord. I hope you’ll find my writing and work as useful as they did.

I just discovered your blog and had to subscribe. It’s like the best advice of Paul Chek, Stephen Covey, and Seth Godin all in one place … plus amazing photos from around the world.
—Chris B. from Denver, Colorado

The only reason I still have data on my phone is so I can access your updates as soon as they come out when I’m at work on Mondays and Thursdays.
—Andrew S. from Toronto, Canada

I’ve enjoyed reading every newsletter you’ve sent out since I signed up for them. I pretty well drop whatever I’m doing to digest your message as soon as it appears in my inbox. Thank you, James!
—Jon K. from Singapore

Thanks for your writing and your ideas. There’s a ton of self–help stuff out there and not much of it is as clear and actionable as yours.
—Jennifer M. from Oregon

Just wanted to say that I love your blog posts. One of the few things in my inbox I always read, and truly value.
—Rachael K. from San Francisco, CA

I really can’t thank you enough. Your posts (and interviews) about positive habit building have helped me change many aspects of my life that were slowing down my growth.
—Jake J. from California

Thank you for your blog. I have recently become a subscribed reader and am now hooked!
—Steven C. from New York

I just want to say that I love your articles as they are always filled with not only inspiration but also clear and common sense approaches to overcoming obstacles in life!
—Shane from Melbourne, Australia

You sir, speak my language. In the immortal words of Homer J. Simpson, your ideas intrigue me and I desire to subscribe to your newsletter.
—Andrew W. from Pennsylvania

I always look forward to seeing James Clear’s posts in my inbox.
—Blake C. from Colorado

Thank you so much for your wonderful newsletters and inspiring messages. Everything in life stops when I get your emails!
—Mary B. from Missouri

Just wanted to say that I enjoy your articles and read every one. They are informative and give me that extra inspirational push in pursuing my goals. Thank you and I look forward to reading the next one.
—Rita from California

I look forward to all your emails! Your posts often relate not only to one area, but to many areas in my life. I feel like I have more balance now that I have been implementing many of the small life changes you talk about.
—Elizabeth H. from Germany

Your words are the first thing that have really resonated with me and made me feel optimistic about my health journey.
—Mary S. from Denver, Colorado

James, I recently came across your articles and immediately became a big fan. Your writing is articulate, provocative and inspirational. I admire you for the path you have chosen, the message you share and the sheer volume of valuable output.
—Ed G. from Sacramento, CA

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