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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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Interesting

Very well done. This was research-based, and useful. There was a little bit of repetitiveness, but overall excellent.

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Very good concepts, but with long stories

Very good experience, but I think that the stories told to prepare for a concept or thesis, were extremely long and detailed. This made the book become unnecessarily bigger.

But overall the concepts are gems, very good experiments and key takeways to implement right now into my life.

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Willpower: a tool for living

I enjoyed this book - it taught me a lot about and provided a lot of actionable ideas. For instance: sleep well, eat well, limit decision fatigue by automating processes, set up rewards for self discipline, remove temptations from your environment so you don't blow your supply of willpower on resisting those temptations, create systems to monitor/track yourself so that you can see your progress and not throw out that progress if you take a step backwards, bright lines are helpful, diets are bad, focus on delaying versus avoiding, etc. The reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5 is that there is a lot of unnecessary content and examples that detract from the message. For example - the bit about spirituality and then the part about children seemed out of place. At several points in the book I found myself losing focus as I was just like oh no, not another semi-relevant and boring clinical study. The last 40 minutes or so was the best part of the book - found myself taking furious notes, would have been great to have that as a PDF handout instead.

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Compelling information about will power!

I found the information helpful and thought provoking. The use of scientific social experiments, were also eye-opening, and clarified to some extent, why we are as a society, the way we are right now. The how-tos are there but more scant and towards the end. One would need other resources for the practical nitty gritty of increasing and pursuing will power, of which there are plenty. Definitely worth the listen.

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Life changing information

This book is a goldmine of information. I've never realized just how integral willpower is to being an effective person. Highly recommend this book. Of the countless books on audible I've listened to this is the first I've ever felt that was worth writing a review.

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Good tips supported by research

There was some good information given on things you can do to support change. Some of the research goes against common thoughts but makes sense.

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amazing!

amazing. great insight into willpower and ego depletion. I learned a ton and will listen again!

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Would you listen to Willpower again? Why?

yes, and I have listened to it almost 5 times. There is quite a bit to learn and remember. It is always inspiring to relisten and get back on track to exert willpower over my sweet tooth

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This is inspiring to those of us who are "controlling" because it explains scientifically how to develop habits that we want to have...would make a challenging book talk. This content is worth listening to again and again and again!

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I enjoyed it

The stories on the research dine about willpower were interesting, not my favorite topic but it was worth the listen in my opinion.

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Excellent book that help you understand your urges

The narrator was excellent. The books wasn't too long or too short. A lot of good content here. Highly recommend.