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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

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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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    Christian Molnar 09-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Outstanding work on the subject."

    excellent writing, common sense and very insightful , chock-full of results of studies in the scientific community.

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    Jacob Ferrin 08-31-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Life changing"

    This book helped me understand the discrepancy between my work and professional life. It not only provides advice, but many scientific articles are provided with said advice to assist the reader in making real and lasting change.

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    Mary 08-30-16
    Mary 08-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "the book was effective"

    Through their research and study the authors were able to communicate how to overcome procrastination and how to achieve Effectiveness through willpower. How the mundane and everyday choices wear our will power down. (abilities to chose what is in our best interest) How oder will reduce stress and give us the extra power race to make better choices. The whole thing just rang true to me. I found the case studies and experiments to be understandable and recognized myself and my habits ;good and bad! And love the Stanley and Livingston examples/ story...And it was sprinkled with humor and was a delious and fun read ( audio book)

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    Michael McNulty Mason OH 08-22-16
    Michael McNulty Mason OH 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Instructive AND interesting"

    They kept my interest with stories and analogies that I could easily relate to - then they gave real world advice that I can actually work on! Worth the $$ and investment of time - I highly recommend this book

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    Brent Leeuw Johannesburg, South Africa 08-08-16
    Brent Leeuw Johannesburg, South Africa 08-08-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Willpower is a limited resource "

    Gave me so much to think about. Lots of practical ways to improve your willpower. Highly recommend this audio book.

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