Decades of research on achievement suggests people at the top of their game tend to reach their goals because of what they do - not because of who they are. In this short, provocative, and useful HBR Single, motivational psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson translates the psychological secrets of these winning human beings for your use. Halvorson expands on her immensely popular blog post to give more detail on each of her nine suggested actions - from getting specific about goals and aggressively monitoring your achievements to understanding the importance of having "grit."
By emphasizing what successful people do consistently and effectively, Halvorson provides the path to help you accomplish your goals, once and for all.
©2011 Heidi Grant Halvorson (P)2012 Gildan Media Corp
This short book is an excellent expansion on the author's Harvard Business Review blog post on the same subject. The 9 things successful people do differently are as follows. It is well worth hearing the author flesh these items out:
1. Setting specific goals. Vagueness must be avoided. It must be a clear yes/no that the goal has been achieved.
2. Seize the moment. Always be looking to take advantage of time and opportunity.
3. Monitor progress towards goals, focusing on what is yet to be done.
4. Be optimistic, but realistic too. Realize that big goals are difficult to achieve.
5. Focus on improvement. Don't get hung up on evaluating good/bad. Just keep improving.
6. Grit. Persistence in the face of difficulty.
7. Focus on increasing willpower.
8. Avoid temptation.
9. Focus on positive actions, not on what you will avoid doing, or avoid thinking of.
No fluff, everything had impact, and very workable guidelines.
This book reinforced my interest. I have listened to almost all audible books regarding neuroscience, willpower, and psychology that audible has to offer; and this book blends all of them into a great action plan that I can quickly listen to, to refresh and motivate deliberate practice.
Yes, very much so. The author is concise, using understandable and real world examples to explain high level research results. Their is very little self-indulgent reflection by the author; as her attitude towards the subject matter is one of confidence, generosity, and hopefulness that the reader/listener will succeed. I believe she truly wants to help.
The performance seemed flawless. However, I listen to most books at 2x or 3x speed, so imperfections are less noticeable. Increased speed also tends to lessen my narrator irritation factor when it comes to voice preferences.
I admittedly was inclined to purchase her other book on this site, which is mentioned only twice at the very end of the recording. If you are only looking to use credits, I would suggest skipping this teaser and purchasing her other work: I am assuming it is a more thorough look at this subject matter. If you have a couple of bucks to spend, this audiobook is a great guide that can be revisited very quickly.
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There are much better books, that cover the same ground, so don't waste your time or money. Fortunately, it wasn't much time or money.
I was lead to get this book from the Hardvard bussiness Review podcast. However, I did not find anything else in the audiobook, besides the points already raised in the podcast. The tip about quantitatively defining goals was, for me, the most useful bit of wisdom derived from the book, and this can be stated in a few lines.
This book is short, which I found to be its best attribute. Self-improvement books in general have nuggets of gold that you have to laboriously dig for within mountains of narrative. Halverson doesn't make you work for it. She enumerates the 9 principles, making it crystal clear what you have to do, why you should do it, how to do it, and how you'll know if you are actually doing it.
I didn't give it 5 stars because some of the strategies aren't always applicable.
The narrator sounded condescending and pretentious. Usually I become accustomed to the narrator's voice within a few minutes, but this one kept annoying me.
This book is rather overpriced for what you get, but it's worth your time and money if you can adopt even one of the strategies.
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