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Pretty Solid Read

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Évalué le: 2018-06-02

I would recommend this to anyone who is struggling with or seeking additional knowledge on self dicipline. Its geared to appeal to a wide range of audiences whether you're dieting, a procrastinator, trying to kick a smoking habit, or just trying to be more diligent and focused in your life.

Although some might view this as a self help book its not really. It certainly doesn't read like one, and for that I am greatful. It compiles complex but accessible neuroscientific explanations, compelling new research and experiments on the subject, practical excersises you can implement in your daily routines, chapter summaries to highlight the key take aways and just the right amount of anecdotal stories from students in her class. Although there were a few topics that became redundant, for the most part, The combination of all these makes for a very compelling and interesting read.

I wouldn't say this book holds the key to successfully developing willpower and increasing your productivity. This is in part because willpower isn't really what we think it is. In actuality, by reading the book you begin to understand how complex, and diverse the concept is. You will become more conscious of the internal and external factors that are occurring when you make will power decisions and get more insight on what strategies you can personally adopt to train your mind to be more successful.

All in all, great effortless read. Wasn't the biggest fan of the narrator, as he sounded a bit robotic, but I eventually got used to it and it wasn't too bad.


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All bread, no meat

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-05-22

I was excited to give this a read after the rave reviews and reccomendations. However, it simply fell flat for me. While the advice is pretty solid, This entire book could have been condensed. After the first chapter, it's pretty easy to understand the basic concept, but the book continues to go on using various different anecdotal information to prove it's point. I found the middle of the book unnecessary. Only in the last few chapters does it give you actual tangible information on how to apply this to your life to prioritize your goals, and to that I was greatful.

Since this is an audio book I have to also comment on the quality of the audio production which I found to be exceptionally irritating.There are two" narrators" both of whom I found bothersome. The mans voice is far too animated for my liking which distracted me. The female was only used at the end of each chapter to highlight the key points and deliver some motivational quote pertaining to what was discussed. This was always followed by some awkward/cheesy segmented music. Additionally, the chapters follow no clear sequencing some are 10 minutes some are 2, some are 40.

I have to say I would not recommend this title. The advice is too basic to warrant an entire book, and I found it lacking enough substance and explanation of practical application. And, I definitely was not a fan of the audio production.

surprisingly predictable, far from groundbreaking

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2 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2018-05-02

"for there is nothing new under the sun" and this book is an excellent example of this. I was actually more turned off about the overwhelming praise and notoriety this book received after reading it's content, because of what it says about the people who love it. I'll explain. As hard as I had to try to stay awake through the archaic classical music segments between chapters, and the unfortunate yawn inducing quality of the narration, I managed to because I was so eager to understand these illicit secrets to winning friends and influencing people that had been so highly praised and in the words of the abstract; "who's principles stood the test of time". I mean it had to be good for people to still be reading it 50 years later right? Wrong, so wrong. You'll find throughout this book a collection of very basic, rudimentary, common sense, painfully obvious rules that I have a high degree of certainty you already know. Things like, smile, compliment people, don't critisize, be a good listener. All basic, absolutely nothing groundbreaking, and nothing you shouldn't have already known. Additionally, the book is filled with an abundance of exaggerated anecdotal stories (provided as key evidence) of people implementing these rules with drastic results; "I started smiling and I increased productivity in my company by 200% in 1 month" "I asked my sales associates what they wanted and they offered to work twice as hard for twice as long" "I took an interest in someone's stamp collection and got a new best friend and a $90,000 contract!". C'mon! These stories are laced throughout the book in the format of rule, stories, more explanation of the rule, more stories, next rule. It quickly becomes repetitive and cumbersome. The advice of this entire book can be summed up into "treat others as you would like to be treated". And so it is mind boggling and quite disheartening to me that a) there was such an abundance of people who didn't know this basic principle that it made this book into a best seller & b) people still regard this as a life changing read. It's not, skip it. Of course it's still good advice but if you're actually shocked about and haven't used any techniques in this book already, reading is the least of your worries.

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absolutely life changing

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Évalué le: 2018-04-25

don't even bother reading reviews, just buy it and listen, then watch you mind Change and eventually your life will follow suit. I don't even think there's any other books I need to read at this point. I'm gonna start my 3rd re-read now :)

Just honestly what you need

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Évalué le: 2018-04-20

Excellent book, would definitely recommend it. It's not like the typical self help, overly fluffy, speak into existence, #positivity till you die counterparts.
It's well written, very clear, with just enough biblical and anecdotal information without going overboard and losing the message.

What I love most is it gives you concrete, practical, and essential steps for Christians wanting success in the secular environment. Also his advice is broad enough that its relevant regardless of the industry you're in. It breaks down exactly what you need to be aware of and focus on every step of the way.

This book doesn't just fill your head with motivation it's honest real concrete advice, and a workbook that will help you navigate success at many different stages of your career.

I also enjoyed his narration, it was very smooth and the chapters were clear,concise, and straight to the point. I'll keep rereading it and I would suggest anyone out there to do the same.

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