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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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    M. Ha 07-28-15
    M. Ha 07-28-15 Member Since 2014

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    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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    N 11-18-11
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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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    Isaiah 05-17-17
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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.

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    HAFIZ 05-12-17
    HAFIZ 05-12-17

    Know the truth, from anywhere

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    "Excellent analysis of willpower"

    Willpower and the misused misuse of willpower, alk explained in this thoroughly researched and well referenced book from the experts. It covers every aspect of personal and professional life that requires the use of willpower.

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    Daphne M. 04-25-17
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    "Very insightful"

    Loved it! It brings a new light to human behavior. Especially the connection between glucose levels and criminal acts or menstruation struggles was an eye opener. The conclusion chapter is full of condensed material. Perfect to quickly go through the most important tactics from time to time.

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    Ryan 03-14-17
    Ryan 03-14-17
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    "Extremely Educational"

    Awesome book. Witty and very informative that provides substantial evidence for its arguments. Loved it.

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    "Willpower is exhausting, it takes work and preparation"

    This book was demotivating for me. It explains the weaknesses of will power in every chapter but doesn't really give you good ways to counter. The quality of the audiobook is great. Good voice and articulation.

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    Coffee lover 01-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than I expected"

    I definitely enjoyed this audiobook I was a little dubious after reading some of the other reviews but I I found it a very enjoyable also included some information about David Allen that makes me want to research is booked and potential audiobook

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