Twyla Tharp once wrote “Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits.” If we want to succeed, we need good habits.

On the flip side, Warren Buffet said “Chains of habit are too light to be felt until they are too heavy to be broken”, meaning that our bad habits often don’t seem that bad until they get to the point where we can no longer easily break them.

So if habits are that important, understanding how they are formed, changed, and broken is crucial if we want to be prolific, brilliant, and healthy in life and in work.

On today’s show we have a guest who can help us better understand the habits that form the foundation of our success or failure. His name is James Clear, and he’s just released a book called Atomic Habits, which is about the small changes we can make in our daily life to create big change on the other side. It’s a guidebook to healthier habits in life and work, and our conversation with James is coming up in just a moment.

Additional Resources:

  • Subscribe to James Clear’s excellent newsletter onhis site.
  • Watch James discuss atomic habits on CBS This Morning. 
  • Here’s an episodeon 5 Non-obvious, but productive habits.

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The intro music for the AC podcast is by Joshua Seurkamp. End remix is by DJ Z-Trip.


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