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Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success Hardcover – March 6, 2018
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Praise for Benjamin Hardy
"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 productivity is really about clarity and commitment."―Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take
"To get things done, we don't need willpower, only the power to begin doing it. Benjamin Hardy explains that mindfulness of context is more important, and that by consciously shaping your context, you have the greatest opportunity for personal growth."―Ellen Langer, international bestselling author of Mindfulness
"In an age when few people think deeply about life, Benjamin Hardy is the exception. Read this book if you want to be better."―Jeff Goins, bestselling author of The Art of Work
"Benjamin Hardy is one of the most read writers on Medium.com for good reason. He accomplishes something rare: the ability to blend practical actionable advice with a compelling voice. You're always better for having read something he's written."―Srinivas Rao, creator of The Unmistakable Creative and author of Unmistakable
"Benjamin Hardy leaves you feeling inspired-like you have no choice but to commit to what you believe you should do."―Richie Norton, bestselling author of The Power of Starting Something Stupid
"I am fascinated by all things performance. Everything Benjamin Hardy writes challenges me to stretch a little further and dig a little deeper."―Joe Jacobi, Olympic Gold Medalist and Performance Consultant
Praise for Willpower Doesn't Work
"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
"Uncommonly thoughtful: that's what I think of when I read Benjamin Hardy's work. Get this book and you'll better understand how to be who you truly want to be."―Jimmy Soni, editor at the Observer and author of Rome's Last Citizen
"If you only read one book in 2018, make it this one. . . . Benjamin Hardy helped me understand that the true power needed to accomplish anything doesn't come from willpower, rather from making a decision and a commitment. 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.
About the Author
Benjamin Hardy and his wife, Lauren, are the foster parents of three kids. In 2016, Benjamin was the #1 overall writer on Medium.com. His work has been featured at Forbes, Psychology Today, Fortune, Mashable, and others.
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If you’re not careful you could trip over the number of self-improvement and positive psychology titles getting published today. Readers seem to be sensing that the old paradigms and conventional wisdom about success are no longer useful, and they’re right.
Responding to this apparent need, as more and more employees find the corporate workplace less attractive than striking out on their own, many of these new books sound alike. Many of us are already quite aware that happy, successful people get up early, have a long-term vision and say no to anything that does not contribute to that vision.
Ben Hardy, the #1 blogger on Medium.com, has just written a book that does what the other titles I’ve come across do not: motivate you, with startling, specific suggestions, to build all the lifestyle habits that you will find winners practicing.
Hardy agrees with the effectiveness of rising early -- before the house wakes up, before the electronic communications start streaming in to distract us, before the commute -- along with those other habits that millionaires and Olympic athletes endorse, but says these are not enough unless we first take a look at the impact of our environment on our behavior.
It’s an exercise in futility to try quitting in a household of smokers, or going to the gym every day while living with couch potatoes, or attempting to activate your dreams when the friends you hang out with do nothing but make snarky, cynical jokes.
Trying and failing to transform your life’s course only creates discouragement and pessimism in the end. The missing element for most people who make failed resolutions is seeking out or creating places that feel secure, serene and mentally stimulating. And, since the company you keep may influence you more than you think, beginning to build a circle of new friends, people who understand living at your full potential. People whose words and achievements inspire and encourage you. People who may be further down the path you’ve chosen than you are.
… You can actually change in some very radical ways. You can even change immediately. But you’ll never be able to do that if you focus exclusively on yourself.
To make it clear that our lives are more fluid than we think and that anyone can dramatically re-craft their life, Ben shares the “rough ride” of his childhood and early youth in this book. His transformation from a life that was spinning out of control to a new sense of purpose and self-confidence was triggered by leaving everything behind, for a sojourn on “the opposite side of the country.” Such a radical change of surroundings that he couldn’t miss the connection.
A switch flipped. In my new environment and role, I could be whoever I wanted to be. No one knew who I was.
So ask yourself: who would I like to become and how could the places where I spend time and people I associate with change to be more consistent with the life my higher self would be living?
Disclosure: I am an active participant in Benjamin Hardy’s one-year online mentorship course, “52 Weeks of Momentum” since January, and I’ve been following his articles on Medium.com for about nine months. Take that as my bias or my testimony, as you please.
This book gave me some of the first major breakthroughs I've had in quite some time. Yes, I actually applied the insights that Benjamin outlined in this book and they worked wonderfully. Don't make this another book you simply read for motivation or a couple ideas. Read this book, follow its principles, and you will realize that there are clear paths to your goals and ways to bear fruit from all the hard work you put in each and every day.
In Willpower Doesn't Work, Benjamin Hardy gives us hope. Willpower is the last-ditch effort when all fails yet many of us start with it. There are tools that we can use before we ever get to that almost failing point and they are all easily accessed on our own.
It’s about restructuring our environment. We no longer need to believe we are weak or lazy.
We ask ourselves – is it in our nature and Benjamin hardy assures us it is not. We can nurture our environment to support our desires. We can set conditions to force us into situations where it is necessary that we succeed.
We can adapt and make changes.
Benjamin provides stories and research to show us that every day, it’s the subtle pressures of people, places, and culturally accepted norms at play, pushing against our resolve. We are reactive creatures, and without a plan, we are at our environment’s mercy. Our family and friends to a large extent, determine what we eat, where we go, and how we spend our time. These influences are so subtle we don’t recognize their effect until sometimes – its too late.
Our worldview, what we think we can accomplish, the values we develop, the beliefs we have come to act upon - have all been shaped by our environment.
We need to recognize what is in our environment and then create and control our environment to meet the needs of the person we know we can be.
We are worth it. We need to invest in ourselves. We need to understand what makes us tick and know we can make these changes.
Benjamin Hardy takes information that can be intuitive, perhaps is something we have heard before through other venues and weaves his learning, knowledge, and experience into thoughts that take us one step further. His book makes me think differently.
Take a chance, buy Willpower Doesn’t Work by Benjamin Hardy and set yourself on the right path.
This book will help you increase your understanding of yourself, feel empowered to make positive changes, and use those practices to help others change their environments and their lives for the better! It's invaluable information, presented from a person who practices what he preaches!