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Personality Isn't Permanent: Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story by [Benjamin P.  Hardy]

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"This is a generous, empowering and purposeful book. If you're ready, it will help you unlock a future that you may have been brainwashed into believing wasn't possible. Worth sharing a copy with someone you care about." 
—Seth Godin, author of This Is Marketing 
Personality Isn't Permanent is possibly the best self-help book I've ever read, and a book that will redefine the genre. After this book, it's no longer good enough to talk about untested theory—Hardy backs everything up with both amazing stories and cutting edge, tested science, while still making it actionable to anyone. Best part: this is the book that destroys all the useless personality test peddlers that infect the world." 
—Tucker Max, author of I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
Personality Isn’t Permanent, Hardy crushes an outdated paradigm and gives you the process to create a bigger, bolder future." 
—JJ Virgin, author of The Virgin Diet
"Ben Hardy is proof of what he writes about. He keeps getting better and better--and so can you."
—Ryan Holiday, author of Stillness is the Key
"For those looking to up their game, 
Personality isn't Permanent is more than a hopeful and fascinating read, it is utterly applicable. In the crowded genre of self-help/business, Benjamin Hardy's book is a game changer."
—Richard Paul Evans, author of The Christmas Box
Personality Isn't Permanent beautifully illustrates why people get stuck and provides a science-based process to help you transform yourself and your life. This is required reading for anyone who wants to improve their self-awareness and success!” 
—Dr. Tasha Eurich, author of Insight 
Personality Isn't Permanent is a supremely brilliant work and a must read. You can rewrite your story."
—Glenn Morshower, award-winning actor, producer and director

"Dr. Hardy enlightens you on the role trauma plays in shaping personality. Change is possible when past traumas are healed. Personality is in a continual state of change. This book will help you write your future story." --
Dr. Donald Wood, Founder/CEO Inspired Performance Institute

"Given the importance of this book, it should sell millions of copies. It's novel, timely, and transformational."--
Joe Polish, founder of Genius Network and Genius Recovery

Personality Isn't Permanent is the book we all hope is true. And Ben Hardy makes the most compelling and hopeful case that it is. Revolutionary."--Richie Norton, author of The Power ofStarting Something Stupid

"As the saying goes, the future isn't what it used to be. Benjamin Hardy illustrates this truth perfectly in
Personality Isn't Permanent, providing both method and motivation to frame your future as the best version of you. --Harvey Mackay, author of Swim With The Sharks Without Being Eaten Alive

Personality Isn't Permanent provides a robust science-backed roadmap for helping you rewrite your self-limiting stories--and to keep writing and editing them for success throughout your lifelong journey."--Dr. Steven G. Eisenberg

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Willpower Doesn't Work

"If you want to get more done, don't worry about willpower-focus on motivation. Challenging the dominant view of self-control as a muscle, Benjamin Hardy reveals that produccvitity is really about clarity and commitment." -Adam Grant, author of
Originals and Give and Take

"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

"Change your environment, change your life. Ben Hardy's book is a prescription for excellence and contains the hidden keys to success." -Ryan Holiday, bestselling author of
The Obstacle Is the Way

"If you only read one book in 2018, make it this one. . . . This book will help you accomplish more in less time than any other book--by changing your entire approach to confidence and personal commitment." --

"A welcome prescription for those striving to overcome challenges and realize their aspirations." --
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About the Author

Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and bestselling author of Willpower Doesn’t Work. His blog is read monthly by millions of people and has been featured on Forbes, Fortune, CNBC, Cheddar, Big Think, and many others. From 2015-2018, he was the #1 writer in the world on and is a regular contributor to Inc. and Psychology. He and his wife Lauren adopted three children through the foster system in February 2018 and, one month later, Lauren became pregnant with twins, who were born in December of 2018. They live in Orlando. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07N5H5C4N
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Portfolio (June 16, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 16, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1512 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
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  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 271 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
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Dr. Benjamin Hardy is an organizational psychologist and best-selling author of Willpower Doesn't Work and Personality Isn't Permanent. Together, he and Dan Sullivan have written Who Not How and The Gap and the Gain. His blogs have been read by over 100 million people and featured in the Harvard Business Review, the New York Times, on CNBC, among many others. He and his wife Lauren are the parents of six children. They live in Orlando.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Rewrite your Story, Don't let the past define your future, You can change!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on July 22, 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rewrite your Story, Don't let the past define your future, You can change!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom 🇬🇧 on July 22, 2020
This is a great book that helps you realise that You can design your life and your personality can be driven by your purpose.

The book debunks many Myths about Personality tests and the fact that the past is NOT the greatest predictor of the future

Who do you want to BE and what CHOICES do you want to make?

It encourages you to focus on your Future Self - What you want to be in the future is more important than who you are now and should actually inform who you are now.

The book highlights four levers that actively shape your personality:

-past traumas
-identity narrative

The past can be given different meanings. Your past can change and it must change. Your past evolves as you evolve

Personality is a by-product of the decisions in your life. If you are serious about your purpose it will change your personality

Ben uses stories well to demonstrate myths about personality and how people have dramatically changed their personalities.

He helps drive the whole notion of Purpose and Goals and how they come from three sources - Exposure, Desire and Confidence

But the key message of the book is that You need ONE major goal. A Keystone Goal. Just the way you have a Keystone Habit. This can allow you to focus on your Future Self and what you want to be.

The book has lots of useful practical tips like - Go to bed one hour earlier. Wake up one hour earlier. Practice daily journaling. There is a really useful chapter on Trauma and using the concept of an empathetic witness to let go of this trauma and stop it defining your personality

Great strategies on labelling emotions, re-framing your narrative and steps to clearly outline your future self

The last two chapters are filled with other practical tips e.g practising fasting, giving money away, strategic remembering/ignorance and forcing functions.

Each chapter also has powerful questions to help you think about and reflect on the concepts covered and challenges you to change your thinking on these.

This is a really empowering book that can help you let go of the past and thinking your personality can't change and is your authentic self. It helps you with practical ways to let go of that past and focus on the Future Self which in turn will inform how you act in the now and support you in changing your personality. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Personality Isn’t Permanent will change your life!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Starts of well, but then becomes a generic self help book
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