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#82: James Clear on the Power of Habit, Mastering Productivity and Behavior Change

About the Episode:

In today’s episode, we’re talking to James Clear, the prolific blogger with an audience of more than 428,000 readers who get his weekly content on how to create better habits, make better decisions, and live better lives.

James has an uncanny ability to combine his research into biology, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy together in a way that’s directly applicable to the business world.

James is now the author of Atomic Habits—a book that came out yesterday and I’m staring at my copy of it right now.

I could not recommend Atomic Habits more highly, especially if you’re looking for evidence-based self-improvement strategies that’ll teach you how to make the small changes with the goal of transforming your habits and delivering real impact in your life. James is also the creator of the Habits Academy, he’s a weightlifter and a travel photographer who’s shot in over 30 countries.


In Today’s Episode, We Talk About:

[02:33] What book he’s reading at the moment.
[03:08] Conclusions he’s drawn from it.
[06:23] When he started blogging.
[07:52] Why doing things twice a week is key to developing habits.
[10:38] Why he started his blog.
[12:24] The rough game plan for his blog.
[14:52] Why he wrote his book Atomic Habits.
[19:26] Things you can do to help cultivate habits.
30:58 How to develop habits that can help you achieve the goals you set.
[35:44] The smallest possible change you can make to become the person you want to be.
[39:48] How he earns a living these days.
41:25 Advice for anyone looking to start a side hustle.
47:58 The best investment he’s ever made.

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Resources Mentioned:

The Blank Slate

Atomic Habits

Connect with My Guest:

James on Twitter

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Hi I'm Ryan Robinson

Blogger, podcaster and recovering side project addict. Head of Content at Close. Join me here, on to learn how to start a blog, make money blogging and grow a profitable side business. I also write for publications like Fast Company, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc, Business Insider and more. Let’s chat on Twitter about our feelings (and blogging, I guess).

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2 replies to “#82: James Clear on the Power of Habit, Mastering Productivity and Behavior Change”

  1. This was another great interview! I found out about James when he ran the Passive Panda blog and I’ve been a fan ever since. I love how he said that his goal at the beginning of his journey was to have control over his time. That goal has a very powerful frame and is a lot more fulfilling than the typical, “I want to make $XX, XXX per month.” Really enjoyed this interview!

    • Right?! James is so insightful to listen to (and take actionable advice from)… I’ve literally replayed this interview 3 times already 😂