If you haven’t read the book, here are some quotes that might get you interested in picking it up

“Atomic Habits” by James Clear
“Atomic Habits” by James Clear
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James Clear’s “Atomic Habits” is widely regarded as one of the best books to read on forming positive habits and breaking negative ones. To get an idea of what the book entails, here are some quotes that may pique your interest. If you have read it, enjoy looking back through what I see as the most poignant points of the book.

“To write a great book, you must first become the book.”

“But when we repeat 1 percent errors, day after day, by replicating poor decisions, duplicating tiny mistakes, and rationalizing little excuses, our small choices compound into toxic results.”

“Complaining about not achieving success despite working hard is like complaining about an ice cube not melting when you heated it from twenty-five to thirty-one degrees.”

Don’t put all of your eggs in one character trait or accomplishment

Hand holding different colored beads
Hand holding different colored beads
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How do you define yourself?

That is a question we should ask more often. Humans are both simple and complex. We are complex because we are constantly changing, whether on a grand or minute scale. Our beliefs evolve, our behaviors evolve, and our preferences and pleasures evolve.

We are simple because, for chunked periods of time, we are relatively consistent in what we do and what we like.

All of these likes, dislikes, behaviors, and actions define who we are. No one thing can completely display who we are — unless you are a celebrity, of course.

It is easy to weigh certain parts of our make-ups more than others. If you are super passionate about running, you may tell others you’re a runner. If you are a vegan and proud of it, you start to tell people. The more you act upon a behavior and discuss it with others, it starts to dominate your identity. …

I’ve probably read your advice from someone else already

Money on fire
Money on fire
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If I had a dollar for every money-making advice column recommended to me on my Medium homepage, I wouldn’t need your stinkin’ advice anymore.

Perhaps Medium’s greatest strength is its collection of people willing to help others out. Well, help others while also helping themselves. Let’s be honest: we know you’re writing because it will attract readers and not because you’re some sort of financial guru that is fueled by helping others and nothing more.

Don’t get me wrong: there is no shame in leveraging your experience into clicks (and therefore, dollars). I do it as often as I can.

But please, for the love of God, stop writing about your side-gigs. …

It won’t change the game of online medicine today, but the experience could help improve it tomorrow

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Amazon has mastered the art of delivering well-priced products to customers at a fast pace, making them the favorite retailer of people of all economic levels. Rich, poor, or in between, it is hard to deny a cheap and convenient service without having to sacrifice quality.

Thanks to this level of service, Amazon has amassed an insane amount of customers and is currently worth $1.56 trillion. This massive valuation isn’t just from online retail, though. The company has entered many different markets over the years, including entertainment, grocery stores, and cloud computing.

In 2018, Amazon also entered the pharmacy game, acquiring PillPack for $1 billion. …

Make them feel valued or they won’t value you

Typing on keyboard
Typing on keyboard
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As someone that doesn’t own or operate a publication, I am not qualified to give much advice on how to own or operate a publication. As a writer that is approached by publications every week, however, I do have something important to mention.

I became an active Medium writer back in September and have slowly been collecting wins, hitting milestones, and achieving goals ever since then. My first “win” was when a publication reached out to me asking to post my article in their publication.

As a Medium newbie, I didn’t really understand the role publications played on Medium. As I’ve gained experience, I have learned that many smaller publications will reach out to as many writers as possible (usually writers with small followings that struggle to get into bigger publications) in order to publish a lot of stories. …

Tesla has long dominated the electric vehicle market, but GM is in its rear-view mirror

GM Hummer EV
GM Hummer EV
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In recent years, much of the electric vehicle discussion has revolved around Tesla — a luxury EV company that is moving towards a more affordable future thanks to innovations in energy density and manufacturing.

As electric vehicles gain more momentum in the consumer markets, however, this is no longer Tesla racing against itself. The future of driving is electric — and autonomous — and the rest of the auto manufacturers are now investing in that future.

To this point, there is one legacy auto company that stands above the rest in electric driving: General Motors.

GM recently announced plans to up its spending on production and development of electric and autonomous driving through 2025 to $27 billion, up from the $20 billion plan announced in March. …

To achieve and appreciate future success, we must be grateful for what we currently have

Woman in a field with her hands pointed to the sky
Woman in a field with her hands pointed to the sky
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Ambitious people are often at war with their present selves.

Within ambition comes a constant feeling of not being in the right spot in life. You want to achieve goals and get things done. Achieving these goals will net future happiness. Sacrificing current happiness in order to achieve this future happiness becomes justifiable.

Attacking our current state is not a necessity to achieve future success, however.

The war of self-development — and no, this is not a dramatic way of phrasing it; it is a war — is a challenging one (like any other kind of war). In order to reach a higher level of ourselves, stepping on our current self becomes a natural course of action. …

Success doesn’t have to be defined by the number of things you’ve achieved

Slow down
Slow down
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We are living in a culture of numbers. The amount of money you make matters. The number of friends you have matters. The number of accomplishments you have matters.

Well, they matter to the people viewing your life from an outside perspective. But they shouldn’t matter to you.

Many people fall into the trap of comparing themselves to the standards of society. “What most people do is what I should do. If not, I am a failure.”

This is toxic thinking and can disease your mind and hurt your mentality moving forward.

Reaching the standards of society, or slightly finishing above the pack, is great for some people. These standards are things like making a lot of money and having a lot of friends. For some, this is happiness. …

Don’t tell a story you haven’t actually experienced

Be yourself, everyone else is taken!
Be yourself, everyone else is taken!
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Getting lost in motivational videos or stories can be empowering. You feel like you’re at a low point in life and need something to pull you out of it. The likes of Joe Rogan, David Goggins, Jordan Peterson, and others lay out stories of survival and overcoming.

Listening to others tell their stories of escaping lows and reaching highs can be very motivating. If Goggins can shed weight like it’s nothing and turn into one of the most accomplished military men ever, why can’t I find similar success in achieving my dreams?

Eventually, you get sick of the videos and start getting to work. You start having some success. Then, you want to tell everyone your story and how they can find success, too. …

For minorities to receive economic justice in America, the government can only do so much

Blacks are disproportionately denied access to credit
Blacks are disproportionately denied access to credit
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With a contentious election soon to be behind us and a new commander in chief likely to be placed into office, Black Americans and other minorities may have hope for police and prison reform among improvements in other areas that disproportionately impact their communities.

One area that likely won’t be improved upon by a new administration is the economic divide between whites and minorities — a.k.a. economic inequality.

Poverty in America has remained relatively unchanged since 1970. …


Dylan Hughes

Sports Journalism Graduate, IUPUI. Writing about money, business, electric vehicles, and more.

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