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Personality Isn't Permanent: Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story Hardcover – June 16, 2020
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“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
"In Personality Isn’t Permanent, Hardy crushes an outdated paradigm and gives you the process to create a bigger, bolder future."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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"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." --Inc.
"A welcome prescription for those striving to overcome challenges and realize their aspirations." --Library Journal
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About the Author
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593083318
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593083314
- Dimensions : 5.8 x 1 x 8.6 inches
- Publisher : Portfolio (June 16, 2020)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #18,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Top reviews from the United States
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All considered, this book is best described as a goal setting book on steroids. If you are looking for a fresh look at classic material this will be a welcomed addition to your library.
Let me tell you the massive claim in this book:
ALL personality tests are BS.
I was skeptical when I started reading it, and sold at the end. My company has eliminated all of those tests in our hiring process because of this book.
And it goes way deeper into how you can actually change your personality, how to start and lock in lasting change, even in your identity. I used some of what I learned to change the process we use at Scribe.
HIGHLY recommend this book.
But I DO NOT recommend the book if you refuse to change your mind. If you think personality tests are right and valid, and nothing will change your mind, skip the book. No reason to waste money, get frustrated and write an angry review. Just save yourself the energy.
But if you are open to looking at the world in a new way, and getting a new understanding of how your brain and personality and identity work, pick it up and read it.
And I love that Dr. Hardy doesn’t just share real stories to show THAT it is possible — he gives us the HOW as well: four specific “levers” anyone can learn to pull to transform into who they want to be, and have what they want to have.
If I had to sum it up in one line...
“To thine own Desired Self be true.”
It’s not a single moment or paragraph or book that changes your life, but intentional action towards the person you’ve DECIDED to be.
You can change your direction, your motivation, your desire, your personality, your health, everything.
It’s all a choice. Everything you want is a decision and Dr. Hardy shows you how to do it in this book. It’s not just educational. It’s not a bunch of psychology-speak. It’s easy to read, easy to understand, easy to put into use. Choose. Plan. Act.
I love the bullets at the end of each section for recapping and journaling what I want to think about, decide, and do.
Don’t read this book then set it down. Do the steps! Write down the answers to the questions. I’m reading it all the way through, then going back, reading it again, and do the journaling prompts. But I already feel myself shifting from my old self to my new self. It’s not hard, but you have to do the work.
Thank you for writing this book. It’s mind blowing, but also useful. Thank you for giving me work I can do to take action and make real change. I could underline every sentence. I’ll definitely read it multiple times, probably once a year. Thank you!!
This is a powerful book about hope. First, it teaches that you can change who you are. Your personality can change. It isn't permanent! Isn't that a liberating concept to ponder? You don't have to stay stuck if you aren't happy. You can change! Second, it teaches you that the trauma you have experienced in life is can be reframed/changed so that you look more at the lessons and who you've become because of it instead of staying stuck.
In the introduction, Dr. Hardy explains, “The biggest evidence of the ideas in this book is my own life.” He changed from being a video game junkie who barely graduated from high school to being the #1 blogger on Medium and earned his doctorate in Psychology.
One thing I love about this book is the personal stories Dr. Hardy shares throughout. The stories help teach the concepts he is explaining in such a logical but extremely personal manner. I didn’t feel like I was being talked down to by a doctor who was speaking way above my head. Dr. Hardy is personable and down to earth.
I love the journaling prompts throughout the book. Dr. Hardy really invites us to write our thoughts, process our traumas, and imagine our future self and write about it. The more clear who we want to be becomes, we can then break down into mini-goals how to get there.
This is a must read for 2020—especially in our troubled times. There is hope, and we can change!
Top reviews from other countries
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:
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.
I am very grateful to Dr Benjamin Hardy for his transparency in sharing all aspects of his own story. His honest approach has really helped me to believe that it is possible to have a major change in my own life and in the lives of my clients.
Dr Benjamin Hardy shared that he is now the father of three adopted children. He explained that this had helped him to see his own father with increased compassion and understanding.
The principles in Dr Benjamin Hardy’s Book, “Personality Isn’t Permanent” can be used in all walks of life. I am recommending this book to my weight loss clients. I am encouraging them to read about Nate Lambert and his weight loss. Dr Benjamin Harding writes about Nate Lambert, who made a single decision to entirely eliminate refined sugar from his diet for the rest of his life. Dr Benjamin Hardy explains that Nate Lambert no longer had “decision fatigue” every day. This was because Nate Lambert had already made the decision that he was no longer going to eat refined sugar in his diet.
I have no hesitation in recommending this book to everyone, who wants to change one or more aspects of their life. I have started to follow Dr Benjamin Hardy’s Four-Step process to create a new future for myself in three years from now. I look forward to celebrating the changes in my own life and in the lives of my clients.
Reading Personality Isn’t Permanent has completely shifted both how I view personality, and got me questioning my entire trajectory in life.
The book starts by dispelling 5 common (and limiting) myths about personality that our culture takes for granted.
Then, you’re taken through a step by step and evidence-based approach on how to break free from limiting beliefs of the past, create a future for your life you’re excited about and most importantly, how you can start taking practical steps to move towards that future today.
Highly recommend if you’re ready to start making some big changes in your life.