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Four Seconds: All the Time You Need to Stop Counter-Productive Habits and Get the Results You Want Hardcover – February 24, 2015
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“Bregman’s insights are life-changing, often surprising, and—most importantly—entirely practical. His strategies can be used every day, take very little of your time, and yet yield extraordinary results.” (Heidi Grant Halvorson, associate director, Motivation Science Center, Columbia Business School, and author of Nine Things Successful People Do Differently)
“This book is priceless, a book that could change your career, your marriage, your life. I hope you get a chance to read it.” (Seth Godin, author of The Icarus Deception)
From the Back Cover
All too often our best efforts to accomplish the things we want most—to do our jobs well, to make meaningful contributions at home and at work, to have satisfying relationships with loved ones, friends, neighbors, and coworkers—are built on bad habits that sabotage us. We feel overwhelmed by our increasingly large to-do list, so we automatically multitask to get more done—and end up more stressed and more overloaded. We say something with the hopes of impressing the other person, but instead of end them—then spend days trying to repair the damage. We give what we think is a pep talk to our team— but they walk away demotivated.
How can we be most effective and productive in a world that moves too fast and demands so much of us?
In Four Seconds, Peter Bregman shows that the answer is to pause for as few as four seconds—the length of a deep breath—to replace bad habits and reactions with more productive behaviors. In his trademark style of blending personal anecdotes with practical advice, Bregman reveals some of our most common counter-productive tendencies and describes counter-intuitive strategies for acting more intentionally, including:
- Why setting goals can actually harm your performance
- How to use strategic disengagement to recover focus and willpower
- Why listening—not arguing—is the best strategy for changing someone's mind
- How taking responsibility for someone else's failure can actually help you succeed
Drawn from Bregman's hugely popular Harvard Business Review blog, this engaging and wise book provides simple solutions to create the results you want without the stress.
Top Customer Reviews
Some of the ideas are focused on productivity. For example, he recommends limiting the number of times you check email. The ones I found more valuable address the far more important issues of interacting with other people and managing our own actions and reactions. Better to avoid a fire than have to fight it.
Each story / lesson / chapter is only a few pages long, and each stands alone well enough that it can be read by itself.
Four Seconds is structured like his previous book 18 Minutes. Both are intended to dramatically improve your life by introducing rituals that can be done quickly.
The book is unlikely to make you laugh or cry, but that isn't its goal. It will make you smile, and think, for at least four seconds.
Whether talking about a piece of blue gum stuck to a guy's shoe or reflecting on a family incident, Bregman has an innate observational ability to pluck from his own everyday experiences, valuable and memorable life and leadership lessons that are universal. And through his simple-yet-powerful (and highly engaging) stories and astute insights, he enables us to re-examine ourselves, and our own everyday situations, with fresh new eyes.
With a better understanding of both the things we need to START doing, and (in many ways even more importantly) the things we need to STOP doing, "Four Seconds" helps us to better navigate our personal and professional lives, the decisions we make, and the actions we take...all while breathing just a little bit easier.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! Peter makes the concepts accessible, timely and of this age for the professional and personal.Published 23 days ago by Greg Butler
I drive a lot for my job and this has been good to listen to on the road.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good book to obtain new skills. You should read and practice it simultaneously. I love it!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I just had a fun 4 Second A+ interview with Peter Bregman for our Inspire Nation Show. I love his book, which aptly could have Mindfulness in it's title. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael Sandler Inspire Nation Host
Recommend! Provides real-world advice for being successful in a crazy, tough business world! Keep it coming Peter!!Published 6 months ago by Evelyn