The narration was not my cup of tea. I should have listened to the sample first. The book does not properly flow for an audio book. However I do believe with the proper narration and speaking rhythm the one would better appreciate/grasp the contents.
I very much appreciate research and scientific findings, however excessive amount of scientific stories/findings overtake the main topics. I wish the book was designed to first introduce the topic of the chapter, outline why the topic is relevant to willpower, and lastly add scientific findings and how people overcame/used this information. This book does the opposite and does not draw the listener into the message.
I feel this voice was not appropriate for this book. The voice was an immediate turnoff for me.
The book lacked a tight integration of all the concepts into a step-by-step program. It approach varied -- sometimes it was about "try mediation... do this...." Then it switched to information, like how your brain works and how your willpower can be depleted. Then there's a little of both, like good behaviors are used to justify bad behavior ("I exercised today so I'm going to reward myself with some chocolates"). I think you need to read only one chapter a week to absorb the information and practice it for a few days before moving on to the next chapter.
Kelly McGonigal! It's a huge opportunity lost to have this fantastic book narrated by Dixon's monotonous drone. This book was written by a brilliant woman, and it would add a lot to have her reading it.
dr. kelly mc gonigal now teaches psychology at stanford
previous academic stops include new jersey and boston
i'm told, her lectures are popular and more than well attended
basically, this book is an outgrowth of those lectures and lessons
i assume her audience includes neurotic, bay area undergraduates
she patiently guides them through willpower exercises and experiments
the tone of the book is that of a charming, perky yoga instructor
it implies that 20 minutes of slow breathing will solve most problems
recent small studies with short followup are cited to support her claims
the material is presented in a soothing, optimistic and deliberate manner
issues include fast food, depression, exercise, tobacco, chocolate etc.
if those are the sort of things you struggle with, then you'll like this book
i had hoped the author might address more consequential willpower issues
i.e. narcotic addiction, pedophilia, suicide, autism, divorce, anger etc.
these topics may simply be beyond the scope of her collegiate audience
the 1995 film " the usual suspects " had a character - keyser soze
he was a powerful, mysterious and relentlessly willful criminal mastermind
it was said of him : "...he showed these men of will, what will was..."
but, mr. soze might have to look to other sources to learn about willpower
roy baumeister, scott jurek and daniel kahneman have written good books
each of these three authors approach the subject from very different angles
true willpower, like excellence, is a habit and comes at a great cost
people who tell you differently are selling an easy, "royal road" to happiness
dr. mc gonigal's book is a comfortable, first step along that important path
Science writer in America's heartland
This book is based on a course that Dr. McGonigal teaches at Stanford, and it packs eight weeks of information into eight hours—and does it well. I didn't feel overwhelmed. I listened to one chapter a week, and gave thought to each topic in the days between, as her students would. Unlike some self-help books that seem to berate a person into making changes in their lives, this one is kind and empathetic. It's also very well researched, so I'm confident that I learned skills based on real scientific evidence.
Motivational, practical, doable.
It was very down to earth. The advice is practical yet motivational and there is science behind the author's findings.
He sounded relatable; like an everyman.
It just really reinforced things I was already doing along with gave me ideas of new things to try.
Several practical ideas. Anecdotes were average. I'd like it better with a different narrator. Walter Dixon sounds boring, stuffy and unenthused. You may want to hold off until using your credit until you have a specific willpower challenge in mind.
Near the top for this genre. Too many books encourage, motivate, etc, and this book explains how will power works. This gives you the tools to actually direct your willpower. So many of the things I've heard in the past will actually backfire in reality, and this book dispelled so many false beliefs I had about willpower.
I will be listening to this several times because there is so much to absorb and apply.
A stand out point in this book was how the anticipation of a reward is more powerful than the reward itself, even when the reward never materializes. So we are constantly clicking our phone, or youtube, or facebook thinking it will make us laugh, make us happy, give us some important bit of information, but it seldom does, yet we keep clicking away like a rat in a cage. This book gave me the tools to recognize in myself that itch to respond to a anticipated reward that most likely won't materialize. This book is rooted in our mental construction for survival and much of willpower decisions are affected my survival instincts that are no longer valid in today's society, even though they were very appropriate in our early years as humans.
This book is full of studies and examples of how willpower is affected by hunger, exhaustion, criticism, self-forgiveness, etc, etc. It is really eye-opening.
It was easy to listen to with good diction and appropriate inflection, so if you listen at faster speeds (as I may the second time around), it is easy to understand. The speaker doesn't draw attention to himself, and I easily focused on the material with not much thought about the speaker, which is a good thing for a book of this sort.
"How to Hack your Willpower"
I like to listen to books, about 2 per month, and lots in the "improve your brain", "Time Management", type of books, and this one is an example of what they should be like in my opinion. I want to know how the brain works so I have a solid, valid foundation on which to build upon.
THIS IS A GREAT, VERY INFORMATIVE BOOK!
I like how he has divided the chapters so you can read one a week and implement the activities he has suggested during that week. Very doable tasks. Easy to follow.
The way it is organized.
His rate of speech.
Yes - until I began the book and decided to follow the author's advice.
I think everyone should read this. Good facts and relevant to everyone.
This information offered in the book is excellent. Very thought provoking and useful.
The Power of Habit-The Power of habit gives lots of information on habits, this book gives you the skills to act on the information.
The narrator was slow and annoying. I found myself regularly tuning out and having to go back. If given a do over I would much rather read the book than listen to it. Also, interestingly- the author of the book has a better voice. Not sure why SHE didn't narrate it herself.
No- too much to take in all at once. Best to digest the information and try bit by bit to enact in your own life.