Hello everyone! Sometimes I share here my experience about well-established confidence experts, like for example I did with Russ Harris and his book on the four self-confidence traps. Today I want to point to a very special self-help guru, James Clear. He runs a high traffic self-development blog that gets over 1 million visits per month at jamesclear.com.
What’s special in James? His articles have a focus on habit and behavior change with scientific evidence and I like him so much because of this scientific “twist”. If you have read other top personal development gurus, you should have a try with James. You won’t be disappointed.
How I came to learn of him
I got to know James and his work a few years ago, when looking for self-improvement blogs on the web. I stumbled upon his site when looking for a “best productivity guide” in Google. It happened in a moment I felt stuck and needed some boost.
I came across some great articles and since then I stuck to him. In my opinion, he’s one of the top self-help gurus out there.
What he writes about in his site
In his site, James covers topics like dealing with procrastination, habit formation, breaking bad habits, focus, and creativity.
He organizes his content into 5 main categories, which are: Better habits, Better Thinking, Better Performance, Optimal Health, Lifelong Learning (and each of them has 3 or 4 sub-categories).
What is about James that I admire most
Here is my list:
- He has a very good writing – clear and engaging.
- He often adds scientific and historical evidence in the footnotes of his articles, so you know the origins of his points.
- The two point before and his overall writing make his professional approach – his articles are clean and look like professional published research work.
- I find his articles useful and entertaining, with an incredibly attuned story telling; see his example of a true application of the well-known “fake it until you make it” self-confidence principle in the 1990 World Chess Championship, with Garry Kasparov against Anatoly Karpov.
James Clear on self-confidence
James isn’t exactly a self-proclaimed confidence expert, and he hasn’t a specific category on self-confidence in his website, but as self-confidence is at the base of every achievement, he talks about it often. A very good proxy category is “mental toughness” (also known as “grit”), which also includes persistence, which is a key point on getting results as you know.
A good synthesis on his idea of self-confidence is (from “Bob Mathias on how to master the art of self confidence”):
“Self-confidence is grit. Self-confidence is Sisu. Self-confidence is mental toughness. Mostly, self-confidence is just a willingness to let go of what is comfortable, slide into uncertain air, and trust that you’ll be ok.”
Who’s your self-help guru?
All this makes James Clear one of the best self-help gurus out there. I like what James writes and his tips on how to improve your performance!
And you? Who do you like and follow? Who’s your self-help guru? And more importantly – WHY do you love him/her?
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