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The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win Hardcover – January 9, 2018
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“This isn’t just a groundbreaking approach to making millions or melting off extra pounds. It’s a life-changing mental shift toward enjoying the process. Why the f*ck not?”
—Sarah Knight, author of Get Your Sh*t Together
“Jeff Haden knows what many people don’t: that success is less about searching for motivation and more about muddling through until you achieve something motivating.”
—Adam Grant, author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg
“Sometimes, your computer gets stuck, and the pros know you can press Command+Option+ESC to break out of the loop. Jeff Haden's book is like that, but for your life. Read it and learn how to break out of your negative loops without needing a complete shut-down.”
—Dharmesh Shah, Co-founder and CTO of HubSpot
“A must read for all entrepreneurs, company executives, managers, parents, coaches, and wellbeing hackers.”
—Dr. Dan Reardon, co-founder and CEO of FitnessGenes
"Jeff Haden is one of the biggest writers working online today not because he's a genius but because he follows the advice in this book. It's not about motivation, it's about process--and hard work."
—Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle is the Way and Ego is the Enemy
" Jeff Haden takes everything we've been taught about goal-setting and turns it on its head, redefining success in the process."
—Cara Alwill Leyba, author of Girl Code and master life coach
"Jeff Haden upends a traditional trope: that motivation breeds success—by showing us that it is success that breeds motivation. Once you understand this, everything changes."
—L. David Marquet, former Navy captain and author of Turn the Ship Around!
"Jeff Haden’s writing lives at the intersection of science, emotion, success, and irresistible story-telling. Once you read The Motivation Myth, you’ll never sit around waiting for inspiration or motivation to hit, like some kind of gift from the gods. Instead, you’ll go out to get it."
—Eric Schurenberg, President and Editor-in-Chief of Inc.
“The whole book is shockingly good. Jeff contradicts common wisdom about how to tackle big goals. He argues that if you wait for motivation to motivate you, nothing will change in your career or life. Go grab yourself a copy of this superb book.”
—Bruce Kasanoff, writer
About the Author
- Publisher : Portfolio (January 9, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0399563768
- ISBN-13 : 978-0399563768
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.76 x 1 x 8.52 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #70,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Yeah, if all you are doing is writing blog posts, you can set a target of "write X posts a week". For most people, though, our job isn't an isolated job or a job with no quality control, which let's you just churn out numbers. And we aren't sales people who can always "just call ten a day".
If you have a normal job, your work depends on others, so you can't just up your numbers. And if your job, like most - but unlike writing - actually has hard standards for quality - like "the program has to work" - you can't just "make ten more calls" every day. Being more productive requires getting smarter, better, not just doing more of the same.
The idea that more effort can magically make more results is a fantasy limited to people with simple, solo jobs. Real life is much more complex.
Here I state some of the best motivating and inspiring statements in the book that you would expect:
1. "Small successes are FUN and MOTIVATING,"
2. "The ONLY way is the HARD way,"
3. "Starting provides the MOTIVATION to finish,"
4. "DO what the pros do,"
5. "To trust people: Teach, Train, Explain, Guide, Verify and then TRUST,"
6. "When you think "PROBABILISTICALLY", you begin to see SUCCESS as the game it really is,"
7. "Success - Motivation - More Success - More Motivation - More Success"
and much more as well as plenty of real and motivational stories.
This book will change your life; I promise. It's beautifully written, fun to read, and wonderfully informative (and definitely eye-opening/gut-checking). I'd almost call it an autobiography, because although Jeff downplays it a lot in the book, he's incredibly successful with a beautiful, healthy family and his dream career. His book describes in explicit detail exactly the path he took to achieve those things. Want to know the path? Buy his book! You'll be glad you did.
I have previously struggled a LOT with huge goals, even becoming depressed because I didn't know how to achieve them. Since
encountering your book, I am now living my dreams one 'grind task' per day. I've lost 5 lbs (in one week!), started working on business ideas, and stopped drinking too much. I and am MUCH, MUCH happier. I owe it all to this book!
I know, when writing reviews, I am suppose to write at least one way to improve it. I honestly can't think of anything at this time.
Top reviews from other countries
I read this book because it was recommended by several productivity bloggers that I follow. As the title suggests, the main idea of the book is that motivation is not the main driver of productivity and is also not necessary. Instead, several alternatives views are put forward and supported by interviews with successful athletes, business people, or writers. There is also a lot of practical advice. For instance, I liked the idea of planning an extremely productive day (EPD) by breaking with the regular routine and avoiding the typical excuses that make us quit work prematurely. However, there were also some aspects of the book that did not appeal to me. First, it is obvious that the writer is used to writing for internet posts. The endless array of listicles gets a bit tiring after a while. The book also feels a bit like a series of blog posts on the same topic rather than one continuous piece of writing. Second, I wish there would have been a few more examples that are closer to the kind of work that most readers are likely to do. Many examples were based on sports. On one hand, that makes them easier to understand because everyone has at least some experience with physical exercise. On the other hand, it seems a lot easier, at least to me, to find motivation for something like sports that provides such clear signs of progress. However, I would have appreciated examples for office or academic work, where progress is often not obvious or takes a long time to take effect. Third, after having read quite a few popular books on productivity (Getting Things Done, Deep Work, Atomic Habits, Make Time, Tiny Habits, and others), there was not that much that felt new. However, the book is an easy and quick read and I felt like I was getting something out of it. At least, I felt more motivated at work and started thinking about optimising my work process a bit more.
The author writes in a fast-moving and pacey style, with plenty of reference points, examples and traditionally accepted practices debunked. Although the advice on setting up a business is very US-oriented, it is still practical and pragmatic and the whole read is highly engaging and inspiring.
I will start reading his regular posts and putting his ideas into practice.
Recommend to others to help achieve goals.