#016 "James Clear - Habits, Identity and Mental Models"

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Today, I am talking with James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, the Number 1 New York Times Best Seller which has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. James has been writing on his blog since 2012 and has over 800,000 people subscribed to his 3-2-1 newsletter. On today’s episode, we talk about habits association with identity, how to apply mental models to our life, and why the equal odds rule will inspire you to publish more.

Links:
1. James's Website
2. James's Twitter
3. James's Newsletter
4. My Website
5. My Twitter

Show Notes:

But I think the real reason that habits matter is they reshape your sense of self, they kind of give you evidence of a new identity or story, they help forge your self-esteem and your identity.

And so you start with this, what is the magical outcome? What does that future ideal future state look like? And then you have to come back and wrestle with reality.

So the idea behind a margin of safety is just to have a buffer for uncertainty.

A resilient mindset, that's a huge margin of safety against failure, because you're willing to try things and you know that if you fail, so what you'll be fine.

One of the key questions to ask, and I think this actually is a great skill, for writers as well, is, what are the limitations of this model? Or what are the limitations of this argument, if you're gonna lay out an argument, it's important to know where it stops where it fails.

The short summary is that have read every paper that an academic publishes, has roughly equal odds of becoming popular cited, or whatever. And the key factor that determined whether you know, and academic kind of rose to the top of their field, or whatever was the number of publications they had was the number of times they showed up the number of shots on goal.

One, the internet is much more platform-driven now than it was before. So it used to be kind of everybody was dipping their toes into most of the different places. But you know, it hadn't really become siloed in some big sense

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