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Willpower Doesn't Work

Discover the Hidden Keys to Success
Narrated by: Benjamin Hardy
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
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If you're relying on willpower alone to help you lose weight, improve your relationships or achieve more at work, you're doomed to fail. The environment around us is far too powerful, stimulating, addicting and stressful to overcome it through sheer determination. Willpower, grit, being positive - basically, all the tools you've been told are the keys to creating lasting change in your life - are insufficient in this high-paced, information-overloaded world we live in. The only way to stop just surviving and learn to truly thrive in today's world is to proactively shape your environment.

That's the premise of Willpower Doesn't Work, by organizational psychologist and Medium's most-read self-help guru Benjamin Hardy. Building on copious existing research as well as his own experience of growing up in a broken family afflicted by addiction and drug use, Hardy explains how people can change their lives on every level by making small, impactful changes in their environments like:

  • Creating "enriched environments" - using tougher challenges and self-imposed deadlines to force yourself to rise to the occasion
  • Growing into your goals - using radical personal accountability to keep yourself on target and on track
  • Becoming the teacher - stepping into a leadership role (even before you think you're ready) to accelerate your skills
  • Rotating your environments - getting out of your rut by literally changing your physical surroundings throughout the day or week

From simple steps like removing things that conflict with your values from your environment (like junk food, junk media, even junk people) to incorporating new tools (like fasting or adding "positive triggers" to your world), these lessons make it possible to consciously shape your surroundings so you can lead a more productive and happier life. Hardy leans on his own story of making the decision to foster three young children to illustrate how any shift, no matter how huge, can become "the new normal" if you support that change with a productive environment.

©2018 Benjamin Hardy (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

Critic Reviews

"Benjamin Hardy is one of the leading voices on well-being and productivity. Willpower Doesn't Work is an insightful guide to help us thrive in today's world." (Arianna Huffington)
"If you only read one book in 2018, make it this one...." ( Inc.)

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By far my fav book!

I will have to listen to this book every year. Lots of notes taken. Thanks

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Your environment is what matters

As always Ben Hardy has provided sound and practical advice.
Your environment controls you... the good news is that you can control your environment.
If someone listens to this book with attention there is no way they can not improve their life.

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  • Ducarta
  • 01-29-19

Highly Practical Book!

I'd there was ever a book that simultaneously educates and kicks you into action this is it.

The first step to getting the most out of this book is approaching it with a humble and honest attitude. The second step is accepting that you can change and finally if you go on implement just one of the actions suggested, you will get the value of this book back (IMHO).

Get this book right away!

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  • NRN D.
  • 12-18-18

Inspiring and proactive

This is a very good book, in that give you step-by-step actions to be taken to move your business forward and how to organise yourself, it is also thought-provoking and intuitive, and that at times I thought the author was talking to me about my situation. This is definitely book one will want to listen to several times.

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  • Steven H
  • 10-31-18

Very empowering

a different angle on all the same same self help advice. very much worth a read for a different perspective.

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  • gaz
  • 10-23-18

Great read.

a real insight into the importance of your environment with some excellent references and ideas to change your life for the better if you decide empowered me to move house to a better area for a children

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  • Brad
  • 09-19-18

Excellent book!

So much to value take in. Will definitely be reading, or listening to it, again. Thanks Benjamin, good job 👍🏻

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  • sara taylor
  • 07-27-18

One of the best self-help books I’ve come across

Really great piece of work based on up to date research and busting the myth that it is all about pure will power.
So glad I came across it.

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  • Jason
  • 06-11-18

Must read for any entrepreneur

Great book which talk about how your environment can make you successful or just average. The author explain what kind of environment you should set up for your self if you want to learn something new, lose weight, sleep or work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-31-18

Changing zones

Great book! Proactively choosing your environment is a key concept that changes the game because it changes you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-14-18

Life-changer!

This book changed my life 100%.
I re-read it about 6 times and applied so much from it to my life already.
I highly recommend it if you are sick of the useless self-help ideology!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-17-19

Loved this book

So much insight, gave me a deeper understanding of what I can do to significantly change so many different aspects of my life, the ripple effect being the impact I can have on others. Thank you Benjamin for this gift.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-13-19

Great!

I really enjoyed listening to this, challenging and great ideas. I slowed down the listening speed to take it all in better. Still I am planning to listen again sometime, it's just a treasure trove of things to try and the parts that interacted with the author's own life were interesting and uplifting! Although willpower might not work as such, this book is motivating!

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  • Alan
  • 08-14-18

Exemplary and inspiring

Exemplary and inspiring, changes how you view the world. Helped me make some crucial decisions, but also helped me to plan for the what's next. As with everything one must take a myriad of views and opinions, for this this hit the spot.

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  • Emmanuel
  • 06-18-18

Worth listening to this twice in a row

The content is very rich. Loved it! Worth listening to this again to really put all this to practice.

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  • Evangelos
  • 05-10-18

Amazing book!

This book is amazing, I'll be rereading it several times over to truly internalize the teachings.

Benjamin has done an outstanding job at distilling life changing concepts into an easy to digest book, if the reader implements what is taught, their life can and will change forever!

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  • Jamie
  • 04-22-18

Wonderful

I heard about this book from the Jordan Harbinger Show. Hardy uses a well referenced presentation that challenges the popular concept that we can will ourselves to success. Willpower can only do so much. We need to stand upon “the shoulders of giants”.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-18

Chapter headings do not coincide with chapters

It was very confusing to listen to the book audibly said chapter 2, but the written chapter is showing chapter 3. It was a headfuck to listen to it!!!

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