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Willpower Audiobook

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    Demid V. Fedorov Maryland, USA 01-12-16
    Demid V. Fedorov Maryland, USA 01-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    Would you listen to Willpower again? Why?

    It is a brilliant and thoroughly practically applicable work. I was pausing to take notes easily every 10 minutes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Willpower?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Denis O'Hare’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to this narrator, but he narrates very well here.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Willpower?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an absolutely brilliant book, for me it sets a new standard for what a 5-star book of this sort can be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. Ha 07-28-15
    M. Ha 07-28-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Awesome read"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it very helpful.
    I think it can really contribute to my life.

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    E. C. Schultz 07-14-15

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    "Excellent book. Well worth it."

    I enjoyed this book immensely. I recommend it to anyone who wants to try to get a handle on themselves.

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    It was a little slow, some information was repeated...I thought the narration could have been better but all and all interesting.

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    Kimmi 01-29-12
    Kimmi 01-29-12

    Choose Joy!

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    "Unbelievably boring"

    Wish I had my credit back. It took all the willpower I had to listen to just half of this audiobook.

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    Tiger Man 06-24-16
    Tiger Man 06-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "long but informative"

    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

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    New Jersey, USA 05-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I am listening this book again and again. It is ch"

    it is changing my life.
    it is changing my habits.
    we are products of our habits.

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    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 05-08-16
    aaron los angeles, CA, United States 05-08-16 Member Since 2016

    Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!

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    "NOT Self Help... SCIENCE!!!"

    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.

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    Devrin Norwich, NY, United States 05-02-16
    Devrin Norwich, NY, United States 05-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "phenomenal"

    I loved it! definitely a great pick up. I love how it explains how are will power gets drained and how to overcome it.

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    emilyclare.foran las vegas 04-18-16
    emilyclare.foran las vegas 04-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "if you're wondering why you're stuck, read this."

    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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