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Publisher's Summary

A string of best sellers have alerted us to the importance of grit - an ability to persevere and control one's impulses that is closely associated with greatness. But no book yet has charted the most accessible and powerful path to grit: our prosocial emotions. These feelings - gratitude, compassion, and pride - are easier to generate than the willpower and self-denial that underpin traditional approaches to grit. And, while willpower is quickly depleted, prosocial emotions actually become stronger the more we use them. These emotions have another crucial advantage: they're contagious. Those around us become more likely to apply them when we do.

As this myth-shattering book explains, prosocial emotions evolved specifically to help us resist immediate temptations in favor of long-term gains. Originally, they enabled us to build lasting relationships with other people, and they still do that brilliantly. But they can also be adapted to strengthen our bonds with our own future selves - who will benefit most from the grit we need to succeed in life. No matter what our goals are, Emotional Success can help us achieve them with greater ease and deeper satisfaction than we would have thought possible.

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Absolutely outstanding!

This book answered a lot of questions I’ve had about motivation for a long time. I have been one of those people who is relied upon discipline and habit To get things done. But this is off and left me feeling Listless and frustrated. This book showed me how to invoke positive emotions that are realistic as well as helpful

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  • Wayne
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Disappointing social science book!

There are some excellent social psychology/human emotion books available such as The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt, but Emotional Success is embarrassingly simplistic in its approach and its conclusions. The publisher's summary calls the book "myth-shattering" while I would call the book "common sense". Emotional Success is not without value, but its approach is too simplistic.

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This will be listened to multiple times

I tend to get very enthusiastic about books, and this one was no different. While I was reading it, I was sharing it with anyone who’d pretend to listen to me.

But now that I’ve had a month since I finished it, I can say that the advice in this book is effective in a way that other books haven’t been.

It’s a little dry and it’s more descriptive than proscriptive, but that’s how you build trust and I can’t fault a book with this purpose for being too thorough and not entertaining enough. As a compelling description of the math behind set control and the simplest way toward building more of it? Five stars all the way.

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Life changing

This theory of using emotional drivers is extremely powerful, and David Desteno bases all of the ideas on research studies. If you are interesting in improving yourself or others, read this book. It is a beautiful twist from the idea that you just need to develop grit to work harder and more successfully. Tapping into compassion, pride, and gratitude works better and is more enjoyable for everyone

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People Matter! Period.

How could I not be grateful to the author for reminding the Corporate world that their Human Capital is and remains the best investment to make in.
We human beings, being Human have a monopoly in creativity and empathy even the most advanced AI cannot take away.
Leadership should acknowledge our value, and we will do well not considering ourselves mere "resources" any longer.
A definite recommended read!

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A science backed sustainable way to fuel your grit

Researching emotions has found an internal source of strength that doesn't require as much energy as will power and doesn't get weaker with use but gets stronger. This book also gives you facts and tools about how to stay the course for long term goals.

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great research and crucial topic. I am certain most of us look past the role of emotion and diminish it's value to momentary sensation rather than attributing correct value to it's power

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Very useful information. Worth listening to twice!

The information provided was uncommon. Well worth the read. Content was different from most. I highly recommend it.

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it's good, but it looses my attention sometimes

you will definitely learn something, but it takes some effort to stay focused on the book. I feel like some concepts went over my head and I'll have to listen to the book again to geta better understanding.

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I wish I had this book years ago

I've always been a grateful person, but who would have thought a sense of gratitude could outperform willpower? what really surprised me is a healthy sense of pride can also help us attain our goals. I've always been taught that Pride was too beautiful with it, but deep down I knew it was important. I definitely recommend this book.