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52.01 James Clear - Journey to studying habits


December 30, 2019 03:50

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NUGGET CONTEXT James speaks about how he got injured as a player and had to
focus on small wins that eventually put him on a path of recovery and
regaining of fitness. He goes on to talk about how he got curious about habits
from a consumer behavior stand-point in the context of the business he had
started. He speaks about how those two came together and led to him becoming a
bridge between academic research and practical application. GUEST James Clear
is the Author of the book - Atomic Habits that has sold more than 1 Million
Copies globally. He is the creator of The Habits Academy and runs the website where he writes about habits and human potential. The central
question he is trying to answer through his work is “How can we live better”.
He has a weekly newsletter where he shares some of his ideas and this goes out
to more than Half a Million subscribers who benefit from his thinking. To
subscribe to his newsletter, you could just got to  In our
conversation we spoke about several elements that he has covered in the book.
We first spoke about his journey and how he came to studying and researching
habits. We then spoke about how we should think about building habits in the
right areas. James says that we need to work hard on the things that come
easily to us! We explore that in the context of transitions and relate that to
the notion of keeping the identity small. We then dive into the notion of the
plateau of latent potential which we all are likely to encounter when we get
into a new domain. We also discuss how we can ensure that we don’t become
slaves of habits and try to cultivate habits with awareness (something that we
can learn from the Japanese train conductors!). We then go on to speak about
the role of the environment in building habits and wrap up by talking about
the notion of the gateway habit.  These ideas might help you convert your 2020
resolutions into habits that create the system for you to achieve your goals.
Best wishes for the year ahead.  Published in Jan 2020. HOST Deepak is a
Leadership Advisor and an Executive Coach. He works with leaders to improve
their effectiveness and in helping them make better decisions specifically
around organizational and career transitions. He currently runs Transition
Insight ( and works with leaders to handle phases of
transition thoughtfully. He has worked as an Operations Consultant with KPMG
in UK, Strategy Consultant with McKinsey in the US and as a Leadership
Consultant with EgonZehnder (a Swiss Leadership Advisory firm) where he helped
companies recruit CEOs, CXOs and Board Members and worked on Leadership
Development. Deepak is a certified CEO Coach and is an alumnus of IIT Madras,
IIM Ahmedabad and London Business School. His detailed profile can be found at OTHER GUESTS 1.Vijay Amritraj 2.Amish
Tripathi 3.Raghu Raman 4.Papa CJ 5.Kartik Hosanagar 6.Ravi Venkatesan
7.Abhijit Bhaduri 8.Viren Rasquinha 9.Prakash Iyer 10.Avnish Bajaj 11.Nandan
Nilekani 12.Atul Kasbekar 13.Karthik Reddy 14.Pramath Sinha 15.Vedika
Bhandarkar 16.Vinita Bali 17.Zia Mody 18.Rama Bijapurkar 19.Dheeraj Pandey
20.Anu Madgavkar 21.Vishy Anand 22. Meher Pudumjee 23.KV Shridhar (Pops)
24.Suresh Naraynan 25.Devdutt Pattanaik 26.Jay Panda 27.Amit Chandra
28.Chandramouli Venkatesan 29.Roopa Kudva 30.Vinay Sitapati 31.Neera Nundy.
32.Deepa Malik 33.Bombay Jayashri. 34.Arun Maira 35.Ambi Parameswaran 36.OP
Bhaat 37.Indranil Chakraborty 38.Tarun Khanna 39. Ramachandra Guha 40. Stewart
Friedman 41. Rich Fernandez 42. Falguni Nayar 43. Rajat Gupta 44. Kartik
Hosanagar 45. Michael Watkins 46. Matt Dixon 47. Herminia Ibarra 48. Paddy
Upton 49. Tasha Eurich 50. Alan Eagle 51 Sudhir Sitapati. DISCLAIMER All
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