3 Surprising Insights From An Evening With Ryan Hawk & James Clear

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Last night I got to participate in an invitation-only event to see Ryan Hawk record a live podcast episode of The Learning Leader Show with habit-formation expert James Clear. Hosted by the business advisory firm Brixey & Meyer, the event brought roughly 100 business leaders and entrepreneurs from the Columbus/Dayton/Cincinnati areas together to the industrial venue of Dock 580 on the north end of downtown Columbus, Ohio.

If you’re not familiar with James Clear, google “habit formation” and you will find his 1,700+ word essay listed as the #2 result. Naturally, I expected the conversation to focus on the science and systems of habitual behaviors, and that proved true. However, the hour-long conversation between host and guest was not limited to Clear’s expected conversational comfort zone. As Hawk and Clear ventured out into other topics, I was struck by three things Clear said that I didn’t expect to hear. Each insight hit me differently — one was timely, the other profound, and the third uniquely thought-provoking — but all made an impact on me.

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