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Publisher's Summary

We rely on willpower to create change in our lives...but what if we're thinking about it all wrong? In Willpower Doesn't Work, Benjamin Hardy explains that willpower is nothing more than a dangerous fad - one that is bound to lead to failure. Instead of "white-knuckling" your way to change, you need to instead alter your surroundings to support your goals. This book shows you how.

The world around us is fast-paced, confusing, and full of distractions. It's easy to lose focus on what you want to achieve, and your willpower won't last long if your environment is in conflict with your goals - eventually the environment will win out. Willpower Doesn't Work is the needed guide for today's overstimulating and addicting environment. Willpower Doesn't Work will specifically teach you: 

  • How to make the biggest decisions of your life - and why those decisions must be made in specific settings
  • How to create a daily "sacred" environment to live your life with intention and not get sucked into the cultural addictions
  • How to invest big in yourself to upgrade your environment and mind-set
  • How to put "forcing functions" in your life - so your default behaviors are precisely what you want them to be
  • How to quickly put yourself in proximity to the most successful people in the world - and how to adapt their knowledge and skills to yourself even quicker
  • How to create an environment where endless creativity and boundless productivity is the norm

Benjamin Hardy will show you that nurture is far more powerful than your nature and teach you how to create and control your environment so your environment will not create and control you.

©2018 Benjamin Hardy (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"To get things done, we don't need willpower, only the power to begin doing it. Benjamin Hardy explains that mindfulness of context is more important, and that by consciously shaping your context, you have the greatest opportunity for personal growth." (Ellen Langer, international bestselling author of Mindfulness)

"Uncommonly thoughtful: that's what I think of when I read Benjamin Hardy's work. Get this book and you'll better understand how to be who you truly want to be." (Jimmy Soni, editor at the Observer and author of Rome's Last Citizen)

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This will become a classic!

Literally one of the best works I’ve read in a long time. So much so this is the first time I’ve left a review for any book. This book puts into words what I have been trying to say for several years now. It was not only validating but gave me that extra boost. It also filled in the cracks of concepts I couldn’t connect.

I will now buy the hard copy as well! It will go everywhere with me. It is the the new companion to “Meditations” in my bag. You won’t be disappointed if you get this book. If for some reason you are, then just read it again because it’s possible you missed it the first time reading ;)

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Practical and inspiring book! Nice work

Great book with a lot of practical and often overlooked opportunities to enhance your chances of success however you define that through improving your environment through intentional design!

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Amazing!

This book have completely shifted my morning routines and redefined how I approach commitment. What an amazing resource! I HIGHLY recommend.

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highly recommend

GREAT book. once I started I couldn't stop. Will definitely reread! Highly for everyone, especially people who want better habits,

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This is shaping my world .

Thank you for this book. I have recognized a need to change but have struggled to initiate it on will power alone for some time. I am changing my environment and seeing results from these changes.

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Compilation of others work, big disapointment

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you've never read anything on performance, entrepreneurial, or journaling, this is for you. If you want to hear what the author read to write this book, this is for you.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Rise and Grind

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The author keeps on citing other peoples studies or what he did when writing this book... seems it's really about what he read to compile into his book. The author should have chosen someone else to narrate the book... just feels never ending like someone reading their long thesis and you can't take another painful moment of it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It made me take a break from my work to get a Tylenol.

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I was looking forward to this book after reading some blog posts, but it was a terrible disappointment.

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Great Content

There was a lot of great information. It delved into the concepts that we often hear with good examples and profound meaning.

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Amazing Content

I had to get past Hardy’s speaking style, but it actually helped to slow the book down to .75 speed. Once I did that I couldn’t wait to get in the car and listen. This book has already changed my life.