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.
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.
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)
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
Gave me so much to think about. Lots of practical ways to improve your willpower. Highly recommend this audio book.
Great overview of the research, many anecdotes, but little actionable advice. the narrator was great but in the end this was very difficult to finish.
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