The author wrote the book based on years of experience teaching college courses on the science of willpower, so she's had lots of time to work with the material and see what stories and approaches worked better or worse with her students. The narration unfolds in a friendly tone and is very easy to listen to. The anecdotes and scientific citations are clear and also easy to follow and understand. The logic makes sense. There's a good dose of easygoing humor interspersed as well. In short, it is like listening to a good professor's lecture, one who knows how to keep her students' interest. I never got bored with the book and immediately began listening to it again from the beginning once it ended. I listen during my daily commute, and listening in half-hour or so portions was just fine. The narration is well done and not difficult to listen to. Walter Dixon's voice is comforting and not distracting. It's not read too fast, nor does it drone on. He knows when and where to put the right emphasis and inflections to keep help keep your attention. The subject matter is fascinating and very helpful to understand. It is an excellent look into the the human mind-body-emotion relationship and how it works, and what we can do to better manage our lives if we can learn how to understand and balance these three elements. This has been a very helpful book I will listen to over and over again until it's lessons become an ingrained part of my daily life.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
I thought this was going to be a 'self help book' and in some ways it is, but it is more science than affirmations or motivation. Basic message is 'pay attention'. I think this book is worth listening to especially if you have moments of weakness or are trying to change something in your life, it will help, not a silver bullet but good advice.
There are some great new ideas in the book along with affirmation of some old ones. It gives you a plethora of tools to dissect, analyze and hopefully cure whatever challenge is troubling you. Myself being perfect often had the thought while listening " Holy Crap! my wife needs to listen to this book!!" I have suggested this to her and when she lets me back in the house I'll let you know if it has helped her too. I had several things in my life I wanted to change and I can honestly say after the book, a couple have gotten better and one, the important one, 100% change in the right direction.
The jokes are at times BAD but you cannot help but laugh at them.
Really needs a new narrator. But don't let that deter you from listening
No, and I don't think you should try. you will understand after the first chapter.
Will power Challenge: Avoid pointing out areas where wife can improve....
This will be funny after you read the book.......maybe......
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I have already listened to it 3 times. Now I'm listening to it fourth time and trying to go slow, following the assignments and experiments in my life and I can already see the benefits. If there ever was a life changing book - this would be it. I think it should be made compulsory for high-school/ college kids. The lessons imparted here are that powerful.
It turns many will power myth on their heads with perfect explanation and reasoning.
It delivered the message of the book in a crystal clear way.
The book has a powerful message and theme but its not a bore. Kelly took care of the humor part of the story with enviable ease. Simply incredible!
I found this to be a very informative book. Very easy to listen to. I didn't want to stop listening. We all need better self control and this book will tell you exactly how to achieve it. I strongly recommend it.
This book was good enough that I recommended it to a friend. There are several useful exercises for building will power. Combine the lessons in this book with Decisive and Contagious and you have a powerful cocktail of knowledge.
Thoroughly researched and well presented. I learnt a lot about how our minds work for or against us. A must read for anyone curious as to how we make every day decisions and how even the smallest of choices can affect our long term goals.
I suppose that if we all took the time to actually think about these things, it might seem.... almost obvious. However, we don't.. but we should. And that is what happens here. An excellent read, to be sure.
I like to read anything that improves the mind and anything to do with fitness. My goal is to holistically listen to all interrelated audio books.
So far this is one book that I can say is most impactful out all the other books I've read about self-development.
If you are having trouble, just acknowledge the trouble and tell yourself it's ok.
I like the study of the kids carrying bags of hershey's kisses to school and was told not to eat it. Techniques that were given to the kids were easy but amazing.
So practical, you can use it after seeing it.
Executive coach, business and leadership development consultant, serial entrepreneur, mom, wife, and athlete.
I've now listened to The Willpower Instinct multiple times - and will again. I have to honestly say I was not expecting it to be anything special. But it is! Every theory is supported by rich and credible research studies, stories of practical application, and real-life case studies. I highly recommend it!