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.
I like to say that this was an excellent book and it was more than one person who recommended it. I learned so much about myself listening to this book that I'm certain I will be changed for many years to come. May the authors experience Gods blessing and find him as the one who created the principles they have discovered.
I found this book enormously helpful. Understanding the single pool of willpower, how it can be depleted and the widespread impact of that depletion on daily life helped elevate guilt and self-recrimination. Having tools and strategies driven from research was inordinately helpful for those of us, previously very successful with willpower, who have found ourselves struggling in light of increased distraction. I am already applying new tools and have identified a couple friends who would benefit from the information here.
Captivating and fascinating! This, along with The Soulmate Experience, rates among my top 2 all time favorite self-development books! It provide perspective and language applicable to everyday life.
This book gives great insight into human behavior and the biological influences that govern our behaviors, good or bad. I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to develop a deeper understanding of the human condition and personal growth! I would also invite you to pair this book with "the power of habit, why we do what we do in life and business." Unleash the combo breakers to life!👊
Behind many of the books I've read in similar genre. The chapters are thorough, often to a fault. There are many fascinating research points, but they come at you in such a rapid pace that it is hard to digest them all. Instead, they simply come across as repetitive and tiresome.
Practical advice and studies on how to increase willpower/discipline
Easy to understand and clear.
I almost did- it took two sittings but it was very interesting information so I just kept going
Very well written book, with great historical people and information used. There was lots of simplified scientific talk, so that the average Joe could understand ...but not so dumbed down that it was boring. There were many interesting characters used, from missionaries to David Blaine, and enough humor to keep me entertained. I have listened to this book twice and it has opened my eyes to understand why we do some of the silly things we do...especially if we are hungry ...or as we say in my house "hangry". Definitely recommend this book, it will help anyone understand Willpower and how to strengthen it.
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