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Mary

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  • Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Roy Baumeister, John Tierney
    • Narrated By Denis O'Hare
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    For years, our concept of the self and well-being has been dominated by the notion of self-esteem, while the old fashioned value of willpower has been disparaged by psychologists who argued that we’re largely driven by unconscious forces beyond our control. In Willpower Baumeister and Tierney turn this misinformation on its head to reveal self-control as arguably the single most powerful indicator of success. Baumeister discovered that willpower actually has a physical basis to it....

    Arken says: "Self-help without the hooey"
    "Willpower is the key"
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    What made the experience of listening to Willpower the most enjoyable?

    It was an inspiration to me as I took my walks in the morning. It compelled me to walk longer. As I listened I felt an increased desire to learn how to train my mind and continued walking.


    Which character – as performed by Denis O'Hare – was your favorite?

    It was easy to listen to Denis read. It felt like he was sitting next to me telling me what he knows.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    He talks about planning ahead in developing willpower. The chapter where he addresses procrastination was also very useful.


    Any additional comments?

    None of the ideas in this book were new to me. I have studied practices that are designed to train the mind for 8 years now. What was unique about this book was all of the research that supports what has been known by sages for thousands of years. As a teacher it also supported the work being done to increase stamina for reading in children as outlined by the book

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