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: it is like a muscle that can be strengthened with practice, and fatigued from overuse. That’s why eating and sleeping - and especially failing to do either of those - have such dramatic effects on self-control.
Yet, while self-control is biologically rooted, we have the capacity to manipulate our nature. Willpower features personal stories from entrepreneurs, executives, parents and children who have managed to do just that. The characters range from Victorian explorers to modern homemakers, from college students pulling all nighters to entertainers. The practical lessons in self-control conditioning they provide are nothing short of life changing.
Combining the best of modern social science with the practical wisdom of David Allen, Ben Franklin, and others, Baumeister and Tierney here share the definitive compendium of modern lessons in willpower.
©2011 Roy Bauemeister and John Tierney. (P)2011 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
It is a brilliant and thoroughly practically applicable work. I was pausing to take notes easily every 10 minutes.
It's not really about memorable moments, although there are many. It's that you actually begin to understand what this thing called self-control is, how important it is, and how to improve it.
I haven't listened to this narrator, but he narrates very well here.
Hopefully, with time, every one :) in truth, this is the most practically applicable book written by an academic that I've ever read. To say it's based on research would almost be an insult -- it almost _is_ research, as literally every statement is backed up by an explanation of a relevant scientific study. Yet, unlike most academics writing books, the author takes great pains to make it understandable to the reader and practically applicable to him. This is truly rare. Even seminal works such as Goleman's Emotional Intelligence suffer from the opposite -- a very erudite professor just talking about things he and his colleagues have researched, without a care about structure, the reader's ability to comprehend or practical return on his time invested.
This is an absolutely brilliant book, for me it sets a new standard for what a 5-star book of this sort can be.
I struggled to finish this and actually needed will power not to quit but it was worth it. very drawn out and exhaustive but there were 2-3 valid million dollar ideas that make it worth investing in
it is changing my life.
it is changing my habits.
we are products of our habits.
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
I almost didn't buy this because I thought for sure it would be another one of those terrible, repetitive, condescending, worthless self help books.
Well, my friends, IT'S NOT!
This book is science, science, science! It's data and field tests and REAL WORLD TECHNIQUES! I couldn't believe my ears as I was listening to this. Why hasn't anyone written a science-based book on willpower before?!! I mean, there are THOUSANDS of silly self help books on the topic, but virtually no books at all on the science. And, I'm telling you, there are a TON of studies that have been done on willpower; what makes it stronger, what makes it weaker, how to become its master.
I highly recommend this book.
I loved it! definitely a great pick up. I love how it explains how are will power gets drained and how to overcome it.
practical examples of methods regarding thought, productivity, stamina, and decision making. I easily finished this book in just a few days.
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