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Willpower Doesn't Work

Discover the Hidden Keys to Success
Narrated by: Benjamin Hardy
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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Summary

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

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"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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This book ACTUALLY changed my life!

Please just get past the first three chapters, because the moment those chapters are over, the book kicks it into high gear! The actionable steps are clear and easy to follow. They will make your life better! It helped me overcome my internet addiction and I'm not finished implementing everything in this book yet!

For the past year and a half, I have been pretty badly addicted to the internet, specifically YouTube. It has lead to me choosing watching videos over eating, going to the bathroom, and even sometimes work!

I had read many different self-help books over this period of time, mostly out of desperation. Most were interesting, few were helpful.

Finally, I decided my biggest problem was willpower, which lead me to this book. If you think about the main message of this book, it makes perfect sense. "Your environment shapes your behavior and your behavior shapes your identity." But once I properly internalised this message, I suddenly saw it everywhere! My friends, some of my family, even animals!

The steps one needs to take to turn their life around can be set up in a day. I don't feel completely free from my addiction, but I do feel like I'm moving forward every day, after over a year of being stagnant.

Thank you Benjamin. You changed my life.

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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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Amazing, a must read

What an amazing book, no doubt has helped me to understand some areas where I’ve been going wrong. I’ve already put some things from the book in place and feel great. I’ll be listening to it a few more time and putting even more of its concepts in place.

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Absolutely incredible!

Some common sense concepts but backed by the latest research from super credible sources, including the author. If you want to change your mindset AND your life, get this book!

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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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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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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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feeling motivated! unlike any self-help

I read/listen to a lot of self-help and psychology books and this book compiles a lot of snippets from the greats from those fields and similar ones. From the likes of Tim Ferris, Robert Kegan (more of a researcher), Robin Sharma and more, HOWEVER it's a different kind of self-help altogether. instead of putting individuality in the forefront, it focuses on "environment" and therefore it motivates by persuading you to take it under your own control and shape your path. as someone who only recently found a slight direction in a vision (the why - Simon Sinek) it still felt very ambiguous and daunting so I had a lot of backed up self doubt. but knowing that I can put it under my control has really changed my perspective. HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK AND TO TAKE NOTES AND CARRY OUT THE STEPS!

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lots of value, but disappointing ending

loved the first four hrs of this. Everything was about taking control of your life and not being a victim. Sadly towards the end he starts saying that people are only successful because of their environment and no one can be self made as its dependent on only your environment, which is rubbish to me. Very victimish which was unlike the rest of the book. Would not let this out you off though,if you liked atomic habits you will probably like most of this,i will read the first 4 hrs of this again some time.

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awesome book!

it's changed me already. from waking up at 9am to 6am. I'm listening to the book again.

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  • mazen kasser
  • 24-10-18

By far my fav book!

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

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  • D. W. Knight
  • 30-07-18

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.