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Can you resist everything except temptation? In a hedonistic age full of distractions, it's hard to possess willpower - or in fact even understand why we should need it. Yet it's actually the most important factor in achieving success and a happy life, shown to be more significant than money, looks, background or intelligence. This book reveals the secrets of self-control.

Here Roy Baumeister, one of the world's most esteemed and influential psychologists, and journalist John Tierney, turn this notion on its head. They show us that willpower is like a muscle that can be strengthened with practice and improved over time. The latest laboratory work shows that self-control has a physical basis to it and so is dramatically affected by simple things such as eating and sleeping - to the extent that a life-changing decision may go in different directions depending on whether it's made before or after lunch. Based on years of psychological research and filled with practical advice, this book will teach you how to gain from self-control without pain, and discover the very real power in willpower. The results are nothing short of life-changing.

©2020 Roy F. Baumeister, John Tierney (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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Fact based and applicable

No popular science here, this is based on studies and professional work, while still being highly applicable to life. I especially recommend it to be read before or as a compliment to The Power of Habit.

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Not as helpful in building willpower as I hoped

Maybe it is my fault, but I downloaded this book as I wanted to increase my willpower when it comes to avoiding some of the temptations in my life that I'd like to. This book is interesting in that it contains background science and psychological experiments that have been done on willpower, but for me, it lacks the practical applicability tips that I was looking for.
Some nuggets of wisdom and insight, but not life-changing in the way I had hoped.
I also have to point out the hilarious English accent that the reader attempts when quoting from an English person's example. Generally, the accent is in the Dick van Dyke (Mary Poppins) mode of wrongness, but the finest example of this and almost worth the fee itself is the reader's impression of Eric Clapton. Eric comes off as a bit 'Prince Charles' which is hilarious and much posher than Eric Clapton actually sounds.

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Practical and scientific self improvement

It can be a bit long drawn to get to the point but it is exactly these thorough deep dives into the why that separates this book from self help books. It doesn't make blanket statements of things you should do but instead describes what's been shown in labs.

What does get me wondering though is how WEIRD these studies are and that when taking this with you out in the world, it's worthwhile keeping in mind that real people act differently outside of labs. Yet many of the things said makes a whole lot of sense and will be helpful on a day to day basis.

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Absolutely my favourite

Finished the kindle copy within one week and after a few years, as a reminder, listened here, again, absorbed it in within few days.

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Ironic

Ironically it takes a lot of willpower to get through this book.
It has some good insights but it’s repetitive, longwinded and can get boring in places.

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Blog post spun into a book

There are so many useless stories and anecdotes in here. Also, the narrator does terrible impressions of characters in his stories. The Eric Clapton impression made me stop listening to this audiobook. Just read the damn words... embarrassing!

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BAD MAN BOOK!!! this is a must read!

BAD MAN BOOK!!! this is a must read!
if your in the busines field.