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Willpower: The Owner's Manual - 12 Tools for Doing the Right Thing Paperback – October 29, 2013
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From the Back Cover
Why is Barack Obama only wearing gray or blue suits? Why did Stanley, while searching for Doctor Livingstone in the darkest Africa and haunted by malaria, mosquitoes, diseases, and beasts, still insist on shaving every single morning? Both of them had intuitively taken into use one of the tools to improve willpower that the latest science has confirmed.
This book is the owner's manual to willpower. It has two functions.
First, based on the recent advances in the science of willpower, it will tell you what willpower is. This is essential because our current mistaken assumptions about willpower are often the biggest obstacles for its effective utilization.
Second, the book will offer twelve tools that will make sure that you are able to get the most out of this resource and be able to do the right thing, in the face of any challenge. The book will teach you how to increase your willpower, how to have the most supporting attitudes, how to train your habitual self into doing the right thing automatically, and how to design your environment so that it gives you optimal support in reaching your targets.
The book combines the latest scientific findings with stories and personal experiences of the author to provide a highly accessible, yet scientifically accurate, take on willpower - the most important tool you have for doing the right thing.
About the Author
Frank Martela, PhD, is enthusiastic about exploring the ultimate factors of human motivation. His main research topics include willpower, intrinsic motivation, and meaning in life. Frank has wide experience in lecturing about motivation and willpower for both academic and general audiences. He is also a regular contributor to Fulfillment Daily.
Frank has gained personal experience with willpower while participating in four different Worldloppet cross-country skiing marathons in Norway, Finland, Estonia, and Switzerland. Most recently, utilizing the tools he learned while writing his book Willpower, he ran his first marathon in Mad Marathon, Vermont, in one of the more challenging US marathon courses with over 850 feet of vertical between the lowest and highest points of the course.
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The 12 tools presented are research-based, practical tips for understanding and using the willpower correctly. As far as I have tested them, they seem to work quite nicely, for fun and benefit. Only drawback I can come up with is that Martela doesn't facilitate (or should I say, pamper) the reader too much - he seems to assume the reader is an adult person that can use his/her imagination and judgment in order to put the tools into use. But that's not really a drawback, is it?
In short: a good, easy read and solid stuff. Cheap as hell. Well spent coupla bucks.
It helps you to make better more informed choices and to achieve the success that we all desire. It offers practical solid advice with many illustrations of experiments to validate the claims.
It fits in with my philosophical choice of behavioral psychology, the only scientifically quantifiable school of psychology.
I highly recommend that you not only read this book but study it and keep it handy for
follow ups and reminders to keep striving forward to a more successful life and better choices.
Kudos sir, well done.
In the book the ability to use willpower and choose the long-term advantage over momentary short-term urges is identified as one of the main reasons for success in any field. Very useful, and in many real-life situations neglected, are the ideas on how to take care of your physical condition, company and environment in order to get things done. Martela points out that "humans tend to lose half of the battles of willpower" and "the best way to use your limited willpower resources is to change the situation so that you do not actually need willpower at all to do the right thing." In my opinion the book could have more on tool 12, how to recruit your own support group and utilize their encouragement and advice.
The book is a great & useful quick read, and has ideas and questions for implementing the tips given.
When I first started reading it, I almost put it down because I thought that it felt like a summary of the other two books and like it was casually written (like a blog post). I'm glad I continued to read. While it is true that it covers the same territory and even references the other books, it neatly and (mostly) concisely conveys the info. The best part is how he focuses on making the information practical to use in your daily life. It is well-organized for its purpose of providing you with "tools for doing the right thing".