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A Book to Make You Better Review: Atomic Habits by James Clear

by Max Weber, Brightonian Managing Editor; Science and Technology Editor


Often times creating a better you can be a difficult thing. People go to school to get better at math or science but are expected to learn skills such as organization, goal setting, and formatting habits by ourselves. The biggest factors that determine our success in school and life are not the subjects that we learn but the skills and habits that we get from them. In “Atomic Habits” by James Clear, he teaches those skills that are lacking in school curriculums. Wanting to improve and be the best person possible is something most everyone wants to achieve, but it does not happen by just going to school. It happens by practicing and using experiences to learn from the past to correct the future.

In “Atomic Habits,” it is laid out in a series of steps on how to “build good habits and break bad ones” (Clear). This is not a one-step to success book, but rather a multi-step process that helps readers form stronger skills on their own with little effort. Steps like marginal gains, the 4 steps of habits, and how to create strong habits and break bad ones. These are discussed in more detail in the book. James Clear does not list out the things one must do to become better. He proves it first with the science behind habits and the thought process that humans have when encountering choices in life. This way of teaching habits works from the beginning all the way to the end of the book. James uses his experience to create a way for the reader to find success in life.

I recommend this book, not because it worked for me but because I know that with determination and a sincere attempt that this book can help anyone. 10/10 would read again.

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