James Clear on What You Want

In this episode Chase and NYT bestselling author James Clear pull apart the question “what do you want!?” and discuss life after success (and how James got there).


  • 2:14 Why he lives where he lives
  • 6:48 his book has been on the NYT bestseller list for over a year!?
  • 7:46 what it has been like to become successful.
  • 7:59 how he first got started
  • 9:19 early work built up potential energy that released when the book was launched
  • 10:03 James’ worry for content creators
  • 15:10 the challenge of relevancy
  • 16:31 often times people practice something different than what they preach
  • 18:58 more practitioners writing (or more people practicing, not just writing)
  • 21:02 “volume/consistency before intensity”
  • 23:26 the actual work isn’t hard, PATIENCE is hard.
  • 27:10 “i’m starting to think the most important thing is to know what you want.”
  • 29:00 where we waste our energy: chasing status symbols, continuing status quo
  • 31:27 Let your life speak by Parker Palmer
  • 32:15 what makes a good answer to the question: what do I want?
  • 36:04 the enneagram
  • 44:55 set directions instead of goals.
  • 50:23 James’ minimal travel setup
  • 51:07 big if true: every thought you have is downstream of what you consume
  • 56:45 “life begins after 40. Before that it’s just research.”
  • 58:21 life is short, but it’s also really long and you have to live with your choices.

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