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The Skinny on Willpower: How to Develop Self Discipline Perfect Paperback – February 1, 2009
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Great Book. Quick read and easy to understand. All you will ever need to know about willpower and self-discipline. --Richard Harrington, Former CEO Thomson Reuters
I have known Jim for 25 years. He not only has amazing mental fortitude and lives the life he preaches, he also has an in-depth knowledge of these subjects and plenty of credibility to write this book. --Dwight Stones, 3-time Olympian, 10-time World Record Holder, Broadcaster
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Don't get me wrong, I do love the concept. I just think this was way too light on information.
The stick figures in this volume, who serve as humorous examples of Randel's teachings, are a married couple. It is New Years and the husband wants to lose ten pounds. But how can he develop the discipline to do it when he loves to eat fattening foods such as marshmallows? How can he make sure that he will exercise? How can he control himself not to go overboard, eat too little or over-exercise? What should he do when he slips up and overeats or becomes distracted from his goals because of stress at work?
The wife wants to start a business, but she has to do several things before she can start, such as write up a plan for the bank so that the bank will lend her money. But she never did such a thing before and feels stymied. How can she develop the discipline to move ahead?
Among fifteen points and Randel suggests and explains are: set for yourself a clear, concrete, specific goal; divide the goal into manageable parts; and become totally committed.
"P.S. 'Desserts' spelled backwards is: 'stressed.'"
If that is the sort of humor or information of your intellectual level, then this book is for you. However, if you are a well-read intellectual and critical thinker, this book will fail to challenge you and do nothing but waste your time and money. It is the lightest of light reading.
Running through 15 tips on how to improve your willpower, this book adopts a casual and comic approach as to how YOU can improve YOUR willpower and ultimately achieve the things you have always wanted. It doesn't sugar-coat events or possibilities with the idea that the minute you adopt the positive mental attitude, everything will change for the better. It promotes the idea that gradually and consistently moving towards your goals is much better than thinking what if, even if you're faced with difficulties. Although I'm naturally quite a cynical person, due to my disability, I've developed a personal saying which is "Whenever there's an obstacle, there's always a way to overcome it"; and I do truly believe that. My problem is usually not being that bothered to work hard enough to do it.
Consider the old Homer Simpson saying "if something's hard to do, then it's not worth doing".Read more ›
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Concise treatment of the subject matter. The stick figure drawings add more than they detract. All the wheat on the subject matter, and none of the chaff.Published 5 months ago by Dave Dragon
Read the book in one day. Very insightful and easy to read! Loved the animation and the story used to demonstrate the importance of willpower.Published on June 16, 2014 by Taylor
This book is bit general for me too finish read, most ideas are not new and when I review it years later, I almost forget this book.Published on May 21, 2014 by ketat
If simplicity is the soul of wit then this book is witty, indeed. This book is clearly bullet points how to achieve better self discipline, for those with the self discipline to... Read morePublished on March 6, 2014 by Esse McDee
I ordered all three books and they arrived quickly. I am looking forward to reading all three books. I a pleased with my order.Published on February 7, 2014 by mircibuttercup
Really enjoyed the book. I noticed the book has got some negative reviews because of the lack of detail, but I would point out that the title is stated "skinny on willpower", so... Read morePublished on August 8, 2013 by Alex