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From Inc.com''s most popular columnist, a counterintuitive--but highly practical--guide to finding and maintaining the motivation to achieve great things.
 
It''s comforting to imagine that superstars in their fields were just born better equipped than the rest of us. When a co-worker loses 20 pounds, or a friend runs a marathon while completing a huge project at work, we assume they have more grit, more willpower, more innate talent, and above all, more motivation to see their goals through.
 
But that''s not at actually true, as popular Inc.com columnist Jeff Haden proves. "Motivation" as we know it is a myth. Motivation isn''t the special sauce that we require at the beginning of any major change. In fact, motivation is a result of process, not a cause. Understanding this will change the way you approach any obstacle or big goal.
 
Haden shows us how to reframe our thinking about the relationship of motivation to success. He meets us at our level--at the beginning of any big goal we have for our lives, a little anxious and unsure about our way forward, a little burned by self help books and strategies that have failed us in the past—and offers practical advice that anyone can use to stop stalling and start working on those dreams.
 
Haden takes the mystery out of accomplishment, proving that success isn''t about spiritual awakening or a lightning bolt of inspiration --as Tony Robbins and adherents of The Secret believe--but instead, about clear and repeatable processes. Using his own advice, Haden has consistently drawn 2 million readers a month to his posts, completed a 107-mile long mountain bike race, and lost 10 pounds in a month.
 
Success isn''t for the uniquely-qualified; it''s possible for any person who understands the true nature of motivation. Jeff Haden can help you transcend average and make lasting positive change in your life.

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Advance praise for The Motivation Myth
 
“This isn’t just a groundbreaking approach to making millions or melting off extra pounds. It’s a life-changing mental shift toward enjoying the process. Why the f*ck not?”
—Sarah Knight, author of  Get Your Sh*t Together
 
“Jeff Haden knows what many people don’t: that success is less about searching for motivation and more about muddling through until you achieve something motivating.”
—Adam Grant, author of  Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg
 
“Sometimes, your computer gets stuck, and the pros know you can press Command+Option+ESC to break out of the loop.  Jeff Haden''s book is like that, but for your life. Read it and learn how to break out of your negative loops without needing a complete shut-down.”
—Dharmesh Shah, Co-founder and CTO of HubSpot
 
“A must read for all entrepreneurs, company executives, managers, parents, coaches, and wellbeing hackers.”
—Dr. Dan Reardon, co-founder and CEO of FitnessGenes
 
"Jeff Haden is one of the biggest writers working online today not because he''s a genius but because he follows the advice in this book. It''s not about motivation, it''s about process--and hard work."
—Ryan Holiday, author of  The Obstacle is the Way and  Ego is the Enemy
 
" Jeff Haden takes everything we''ve been taught about goal-setting and turns it on its head, redefining success in the process."
—Cara Alwill Leyba, author of  Girl Code and master life coach
 
"Jeff Haden upends a traditional trope: that motivation breeds success—by showing us that it is success that breeds motivation. Once you understand this, everything changes."
—L. David Marquet, former Navy captain and author of  Turn the Ship Around!
 
"Jeff Haden’s writing lives at the intersection of science, emotion, success, and irresistible story-telling. Once you read  The Motivation Myth, you’ll never sit around waiting for inspiration or motivation to hit, like some kind of gift from the gods. Instead, you’ll go out to get it."
—Eric Schurenberg, President and Editor-in-Chief of Inc. 

“The whole book is shockingly good. Jeff contradicts common wisdom about how to tackle big goals. He argues that if you wait for motivation to motivate you, nothing will change in your career or life. Go grab yourself a copy of this superb book.”
—Bruce Kasanoff, writer

About the Author

Jeff Haden is Inc.com''s most popular columnist and one of LinkedIn''s most widely-followed Influencers. His work has also appeared on Time, The Huffington Post, Fast Company, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! Small Business, MSNBC, and CNBC.

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Chapter 1

Motivation Is Not the Spark

A key moment in Tony Robbins''s "Unleash the Power Within" seminar occurs when participants take part in the fire walk.

(Okay, it''s more like a "kinda-hot coals" walk, but "fire" sounds more dangerous and macho and Katy Perry "Roar"-y. After all, Tony does know a little something about branding.)

(Actually, Tony knows a lot about branding.)

(And actually, this is the last time I''ll take a shot at Tony. I think.)

Robbins describes the fire walk as "a symbolic experience that proves if you can make it through the fire, you can make it through anything." The premise sounds great: Walking across kinda-hot coals gives you lasting confidence and motivation by tapping into the amazing power lying dormant within you.

In fact, it doesn''t.

Fire-walking is a one-off event. Fire-walking is like listening to a motivational speech: You go home inspired and excited and all jazzed up . . . but you wake up the next day the same person you were the day before, because you haven''t truly accomplished anything.

(Except listen. And pay for the seminar.)

Most people are confused about me source of motivation. They think motivation is the spark that automatically produces lasting eagerness to do hard work; the greater the motivation, the more effort you''re willing to put in.

Actually, motivation is a result. Motivation is the pride you take in work you have already done-which fuels your willingness to do even more.

That''s why tips for how to feel more motivated often fall short. Most of that advice can be boiled down to "You can be more motivated. All you have to do is dig deep into your mind and find that motivation within."

(And burn your feet a little.)

The same is true for confidence, confidence being closely linked to motivation. The thinking goes, "You can be more confident. All you have to do is decide to be more confident." It''s easy: Suppress negative thoughts, suppress negative perspectives, repeat some really cool self-affirmational statements, and . . . presto! I''m like Tony Robbins.

Or not.

The main problem in both cases is the way we''ve come to think about motivation.

Most definitions of "motivation" involve some phrase like "the force or influence that causes someone to do something." Motivation is viewed as a spark, a precondition, a prerequisite, a presomething that is required before we can start. If we aren''t motivated, we can''t start. If we aren''t motivated, we can''t do.

Bullshit.

Real motivation comes after you start. Motivation isn''t the result of hearing a speech or watching a movie or crisping your soles. Motivation isn''t passive; motivation is active.

How to Start When You''re 0 Percent Motivated

The best way to get motivated is to break a sweat, literally or symbolically.

Getting started is often the hardest part. Financial planners frequently recommend paying off a small debt first, even though the balance on that bill may carry the lowest interest rate of all your debts. Rationally, that approach makes no sense: If you carry a balance on three credit cards, the card you pay off first should be the one with the highest interest rate. But the thought of paying off, say, a $7,000 balance when you can spare only an extra $200 a month . . . ugh. The time horizon is too long for the payoff-literally-to seem worth it. The "irrational" approach often works better: Working to pay off the card with the smallest balance seems a lot more attainable. Once you start, you can see the difference. Knocking $200 off an $800 debt feels like you''ve accomplished something. After next month, you''re halfway done! And once you pay off that card, you''ll be motivated to keep going to pay off the next card.

Think about why you sometimes procrastinate. (Don''t say you never put things off. Show me someone who doesn''t procrastinate and I''ll show you a robot. Everyone procrastinates.)

I definitely procrastinate.

One example: I''ve written more than seven million published words. (Please keep the jokes about long-windedness to yourself.) You might then assume it''s easy for me to sit down and write, but at times it''s anything but: I''ll make calls, take care of administrative tasks, do a little "research" (in my line of work, any reading is research, right?), play with the cats . . . I love to write, but sometimes the thought of writing seems daunting, especially at the beginning of a project, when I need to find the right voice and the best way into the material.

Except for the cats, I can rationalize that I''m being productive, but usually I''m just procrastinating.

Another example: I like to ride bicycles. Over the last five or six years I''ve ridden about 35,000 miles. I love riding, but sometimes I''ll do anything not to ride.

Neither makes sense, right? Writing and riding are both things I love to do, yet at times I find ways to actively avoid doing them. Putting off tasks I don''t enjoy would make a lot more sense.

I love to ride my bike, but sometimes the thought of riding seems daunting, especially those first few miles, when it''s cold outside and my legs are stiff and my heart has just started to pound. I pant and gasp and wonder why I''m on the stupid bike . . . but then something magical happens. Somehow my aversion to "hard" goes away once I break a sweat.

The endorphins kick in. My legs warm up. I feel proud that I can do something hard, and do it reasonably well. That rush of satisfaction I always feel? (That rush of satisfaction you always feel when you start doing something you''ve put off . . . and suddenly realize it wasn''t as daunting as you anticipated?) I know that feeling will come. I''ve trained myself to anticipate that natural "high." Instead of thinking, "Ugh. This is going to be hard," I''ve taught myself to think, "I can''t wait for that little high I''ll feel when I move from inactivity to activity. I can''t wait to feel that rush I know I''ll feel when I''m actually doing what I planned to do."

The key is to enjoy the feeling of success that comes from improving in some small way . . . and then rinse and repeat, over and over again.

Why? Improving feels good. Improving breeds confidence. Improving creates a feeling of competence, and competence breeds self-confidence. Success-in your field or sometimes in any field-breeds motivation. It feels good to improve . . . so you naturally want to keep improving.

You''ve probably put off a task, finally gotten started . . . and then, once you got started, thought, "I don''t know why I kept putting this off. It''s going really well. And it didn''t turn out to be nearly as hard as I imagined."

And here''s the thing: It never is.

Why? Because once you get started, once you get active and start doing something-doing not just anything but something you know will get you one step closer to your goal-the process gets easier. Motivation kicks in because you''ve gotten started. A really cool virtuous cycle-one we''ll look at in detail a little later-kicks in. You feel good because you''re engaged and involved.

You feel motivated because you took action. Motivation is a result, not a precondition. You don''t need motivation to break a sweat. Break a sweat and you''ll feel motivated.

The best way to get motivated is to break a sweat, literally or figuratively. Once you start, it''s easy to keep going. The act of getting out of the house to go for a jog is often harder than actually running the five miles you planned. The act of sitting down at your desk to start writing a proposal is often harder than putting together twenty pages of material. The act of picking up your phone is often harder than cold-calling twenty prospects.

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Starting is hard because "motivation" doesn''t make it easy to start. Starting provides the motivation to finish.

Fire walks don''t provide lasting motivation. Breaking a sweat provides lasting motivation.

Speeches don''t provide lasting motivation. Progress provides lasting motivation.

Posters don''t provide lasting motivation. Success provides lasting motivation.

If you aren''t achieving your goals, a lack of motivation or confidence isn''t the problem. A lack of motivation or confidence is actually the means to a solution. When you accept your weak points, when you accept your flaws, when you accept your imperfections . . . that''s when you can motivate yourself to make changes and improve.

Hide from your weaknesses, and you''ll always be weak. Accept your weaknesses and work to improve them, and you''ll eventually be stronger-and more motivated to keep improving.

But you have to do the right things in order to make real improvements. In upcoming chapters I''ll show you how.

Before we do that, though, let''s debunk some other myths that have held you back.

Shortcuts Never Get You Where You Really Want to Go

You know this now, but it bears repeating: Lightning bolts of inspiration strike only in the movies-or in the minds of people who want to believe they''re capable of inspiring you (if you pay for the privilege, of course).

Wait for a sudden burst of inspiration and you''ll never get started . . . and if you do manage to ride that initial sugar-rush wave, you''ll never stick with it, because sugar rushes never last.

The same is true for seeking shortcuts. You can''t "hack" your way to success.

I love Tim Ferriss, but don''t fool yourself: He works incredibly hard. The real premise of The 4-Hour Workweek is to increase your output by ten times per hour. Tim is the first to admit he has no problem with hard work-the key is to apply your hard work to the right things. But somehow that premise has been twisted to become "I just need to find the secret (something) that results in instant success."

Of course there are no hacks. Sure, you can learn to peel a banana a lot more effectively (thanks, Tim!), but real success, meaningful success, is never instant. You absolutely should look for better, more effective ways to accomplish your goal-and I''ll show you several-but there are no shortcuts.

There definitely aren''t for me.

I''m as insecure as anyone I know. Where feeling confident and self-assured is concerned, on a scale of one to one hundred, one hundred being Oprah, I''m a one.

So some years ago when I was invited to speak to an audience of around 1,000 people, my first thought was "Yes!" My second thought was "Oh no!" I had never spoken to an audience larger than about 150 people. Plus, I had been asked to speak on an unfamiliar topic.

Even so, the opportunity was too good to pass up. So I looked around and found a few articles with tips on how to captivate a large audience; it seemed all I needed to do was employ some big nonverbal gestures and speak more loudly at some points and softly at others, and boom: I''d kill.

Nope. I bombed.

Granted, everyone told me I did fine. (To a speaker, being told you were "fine" is like being a teenager who is told he has a good personality.) Sure, I wanted to believe them. I wanted desperately to ignore my feelings of incompetence, disappointment, and failure.

And then I realized I would never get better if I didn''t (1) accept the fact that I had failed and (2) work really hard to improve. So I went back to the drawing board. I wrangled invitations to local civic groups. I spoke to students at local colleges. I forced myself to speak on topics outside my wheelhouse so I could learn the mechanics of crafting a great hook and a great story.

Sometimes I did well, sometimes I did poorly, but over time I gained competence and skill.

Am I still nervous before I step out in front of a large crowd? Oh, hell yeah. I''m a hot mess of insecurity. But I can work through those feelings, not because I engage in a lot of happy horseshit self-talk and fire-walking bravado but because I know I''ve been there, done that, and can do it again. I''m confident because I have success in my pocket. I''m confident because I''ve done the work.

Confidence comes from preparation. Hesitation, anxiety, fear . . . Those feelings don''t come from some deep, dark, irrational place inside you. The anxiety you feel-the lack of confidence you feel-comes from feeling unprepared. Once you realize that you can prepare yourself, that you can develop techniques to do whatever you seek to do well, that whatever you hope to achieve is ultimately a craft that you can learn to do better and better and better, and that any skills you currently lack you can learn, you naturally become more confident as you become more prepared.

Take Jamie Little, a pit reporter for Fox Sports and the first woman to accomplish several motor sports broadcasting milestones.

"When my mom and I moved to Las Vegas," she says, "I met Carey Hart [motocross racer, freestyle motocross competitor, married to Pink]. He had a big influence on me. I thought he was the coolest thing ever. I already had a thing for motorcycles, and I learned about Supercross through him. I would take dirt-bike magazines to class with me. . . . I loved it. It was my happy world.

"I went up to a guy working for ESPN at a race and said, ''How do I get started?'' He let me hang out for two years with no pay so I could get my work known. I learned to write; I learned to interview athletes. . . . It was a great training ground. I wasn''t getting paid, but that was okay."

But that doesn''t mean her path was easy. When Jamie started working for ESPN covering NASCAR races, the challenges only increased.

"I don''t think there was anything harder I could have taken on than covering NASCAR at that level," she says. "I look back and wonder where I got the courage. I was coming into this garage; there weren''t a whole lot of people before me that had done it, especially not women. . . . I had to figure things out on my own, which was the best way but also the most challenging way.

"My confidence came from overpreparing. I still overprepare. I put together a page of notes for every driver, talk to the drivers and crew chiefs at the track . . . and then I use all that to help me trim the fat down to the most pertinent facts and the best angles to share with viewers during the broadcast. I use that same approach with other forms of racing. Feeling overprepared lets me feel confident and natural."

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Reviewed in the United States on August 17, 2019
There''s some good advice in here, probably worth reading the book for. But I get tired of people whose job is selling books talking about how simple it is to just do more. Yeah, if all you are doing is writing blog posts, you can set a target of "write X posts a... See more
There''s some good advice in here, probably worth reading the book for. But I get tired of people whose job is selling books talking about how simple it is to just do more.

Yeah, if all you are doing is writing blog posts, you can set a target of "write X posts a week". For most people, though, our job isn''t an isolated job or a job with no quality control, which let''s you just churn out numbers. And we aren''t sales people who can always "just call ten a day".

If you have a normal job, your work depends on others, so you can''t just up your numbers. And if your job, like most - but unlike writing - actually has hard standards for quality - like "the program has to work" - you can''t just "make ten more calls" every day. Being more productive requires getting smarter, better, not just doing more of the same.

The idea that more effort can magically make more results is a fantasy limited to people with simple, solo jobs. Real life is much more complex.
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Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2019
Apparently I am the only reviewer who found this book disappointing. It is very repetitive and the author''s tactic is basically to take common perceptions and stand them on their head - but the ideas are really not that new. I found his overuse of parentheses annoying.... See more
Apparently I am the only reviewer who found this book disappointing. It is very repetitive and the author''s tactic is basically to take common perceptions and stand them on their head - but the ideas are really not that new. I found his overuse of parentheses annoying. If a statement adds to the value of the paragraph, leave it in without the parentheses. If not, leave it out. I also found it unnecessary to use the "f" word in a self help book. I would not purchase it again. I gave it two stars because it seems to have helped so many others.
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Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2018
I really like the main message of the book, that motivation is something you can build up in yourself with small successes - also, there are ideas for or you can develop a process that will in Hance your own motivation. However, that makes up a small portion of this book... See more
I really like the main message of the book, that motivation is something you can build up in yourself with small successes - also, there are ideas for or you can develop a process that will in Hance your own motivation. However, that makes up a small portion of this book end the author spends most the time making faulty assumptions and rambling on about his encounters with celebrities.
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The Motivation Myth More Than Delivers
Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2018
This is one of the best books I''ve ever read. Jeff Haden nails it by clearly outlining the process for ''finding'' motivation that actually lasts and leads to continued success. As a cherry on top, he very bluntly (and hilariously) debunks a laundry list of other myths that... See more
This is one of the best books I''ve ever read. Jeff Haden nails it by clearly outlining the process for ''finding'' motivation that actually lasts and leads to continued success. As a cherry on top, he very bluntly (and hilariously) debunks a laundry list of other myths that are really just excuses we use to help us rationalize giving up on our goals.

This book will change your life; I promise. It''s beautifully written, fun to read, and wonderfully informative (and definitely eye-opening/gut-checking). I''d almost call it an autobiography, because although Jeff downplays it a lot in the book, he''s incredibly successful with a beautiful, healthy family and his dream career. His book describes in explicit detail exactly the path he took to achieve those things. Want to know the path? Buy his book! You''ll be glad you did.
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Actionable advice!
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2018
This is an excellent book. I was really hoping I''d get something out of this that is much more than the plain old info already out there on motivation. Jeff Haden scoffs at the tired self-help stuff and provides an interesting twist on motivation. He argues against the... See more
This is an excellent book. I was really hoping I''d get something out of this that is much more than the plain old info already out there on motivation. Jeff Haden scoffs at the tired self-help stuff and provides an interesting twist on motivation. He argues against the 10,000 hour rule by Malcolm Gladwell which I really admired that he was brave enough to do so. The book gives actionable advice on how to get the motivation to accomplish your goals. Give it a read!
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It Helped me Lose Weight! And more...
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I LOVE this book. I''m reading it slowly (more like ''ingesting it''). I have previously struggled a LOT with huge goals, even becoming depressed because I didn''t know how to achieve them. Since encountering your book, I am now living my dreams one ''grind task''... See more
I LOVE this book. I''m reading it slowly (more like ''ingesting it'').

I have previously struggled a LOT with huge goals, even becoming depressed because I didn''t know how to achieve them. Since
encountering your book, I am now living my dreams one ''grind task'' per day. I''ve lost 5 lbs (in one week!), started working on business ideas, and stopped drinking too much. I and am MUCH, MUCH happier. I owe it all to this book!

I know, when writing reviews, I am suppose to write at least one way to improve it. I honestly can''t think of anything at this time.
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The perfect book to start off the new year!
Reviewed in the United States on January 9, 2018
I absolutely loved this book! I love the author''s writing style - so real and honest. He made me feel like he totally understands what it''s like to human and showed me that in spite of it that I could accomplish big things. He completely demystifies the whole... See more
I absolutely loved this book! I love the author''s writing style - so real and honest. He made me feel like he totally understands what it''s like to human and showed me that in spite of it that I could accomplish big things. He completely demystifies the whole motivation-thing, breaking it down so that achievement is something accessible to anyone. His personal stories, combined with interviews he has done with some really cool people (Richard Branson, Def Leppard, just to name a few) keep the book engaging and fun to read. This is the perfect book to start off the new year!
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Much-needed dose of reality on how to actually achieve great feats
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2018
This was such an incredibly refreshing take on a topic (motivation) that''s gotten so twisted around over the years. Jeff''s thesis in the book argues that motivation isn’t a magical formula that we need at the outset of any major life change, challenge or endeavor. Rather,... See more
This was such an incredibly refreshing take on a topic (motivation) that''s gotten so twisted around over the years. Jeff''s thesis in the book argues that motivation isn’t a magical formula that we need at the outset of any major life change, challenge or endeavor. Rather, that motivation is a result of process, not a cause (like so many of the "business gurus" will try and teach you). If you’ve ever felt let down by self help books and “proven” success strategies that’ve failed, then this book is a must-read that’ll bring you practical advice to stop stalling and start actually working on your dreams.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 29, 2020
Jeff Haden: The Motivation Myth I read this book because it was recommended by several productivity bloggers that I follow. As the title suggests, the main idea of the book is that motivation is not the main driver of productivity and is also not necessary. Instead, several...See more
Jeff Haden: The Motivation Myth I read this book because it was recommended by several productivity bloggers that I follow. As the title suggests, the main idea of the book is that motivation is not the main driver of productivity and is also not necessary. Instead, several alternatives views are put forward and supported by interviews with successful athletes, business people, or writers. There is also a lot of practical advice. For instance, I liked the idea of planning an extremely productive day (EPD) by breaking with the regular routine and avoiding the typical excuses that make us quit work prematurely. However, there were also some aspects of the book that did not appeal to me. First, it is obvious that the writer is used to writing for internet posts. The endless array of listicles gets a bit tiring after a while. The book also feels a bit like a series of blog posts on the same topic rather than one continuous piece of writing. Second, I wish there would have been a few more examples that are closer to the kind of work that most readers are likely to do. Many examples were based on sports. On one hand, that makes them easier to understand because everyone has at least some experience with physical exercise. On the other hand, it seems a lot easier, at least to me, to find motivation for something like sports that provides such clear signs of progress. However, I would have appreciated examples for office or academic work, where progress is often not obvious or takes a long time to take effect. Third, after having read quite a few popular books on productivity (Getting Things Done, Deep Work, Atomic Habits, Make Time, Tiny Habits, and others), there was not that much that felt new. However, the book is an easy and quick read and I felt like I was getting something out of it. At least, I felt more motivated at work and started thinking about optimising my work process a bit more.
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Chris
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A muddled book, with a few useful bits
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 6, 2021
THE GOOD This book contains a lot of advice - too much, but I''ll get to that below - so there''s bound to be something in there that will be useful to you. It did make me think in several places. I picked up a few nuggets that I''ll probably try to implement in my own life....See more
THE GOOD This book contains a lot of advice - too much, but I''ll get to that below - so there''s bound to be something in there that will be useful to you. It did make me think in several places. I picked up a few nuggets that I''ll probably try to implement in my own life. The author has clearly had a few interesting conversations with successful people as research for the book and the stories from those individuals are some of the best bits. THE BAD After a strong first couple of chapters (reminding us that people aren''t successful just by being motivated towards some giant goal, but by setting smaller targets and then just beginning on the path towards them, snowballing into success) it''s downhill from there. The remaining chapters just feel like a ramble through everything the author can think of that might make a person successful. There are mentions of the 80/20 rule, the 1% method and a couple of other models. Honestly though, I started to find it tedious, with no real thread running through it. The author writes in a blog-post style, frequently interspersing the text with personal stories and jokes (in particular he has this weird thing for Tony Robins that keeps coming up) which didn''t work for me but might for you. There are some chapters that veer off into strange list-style blogs, some of which seem a little disjointed. At least they make use of headings so you can go through them at a good pace, skimming over things. SUMMARY An ok self help book. Makes a few useful points, by nothing revelatory. Summarises a number of concepts in other self help books, which could be of use for people without the time to read widely in the genre. In my view it''s certainly not a classic. I found it tedious as I went on and in the latter chapters I found myself skimming over sections just to get to the end. I think the book could have used a stronger editor ensuring a clearer message and better focus on a core message.
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Josh You ARE
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Makes so much sense, get it first!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 21, 2021
I''ve read other more scientifically based books on goal achievement but somehow the advice didn''t stick. This book is just so readable and I''ve laughed out loud a few times at just how obvious the advice is - but I didn''t get it until I read it here. For example, ''Once you...See more
I''ve read other more scientifically based books on goal achievement but somehow the advice didn''t stick. This book is just so readable and I''ve laughed out loud a few times at just how obvious the advice is - but I didn''t get it until I read it here. For example, ''Once you choose the goal you don''t get to do what you want, you get to do what the goal needs''. Brilliant. Also, the author really lays out how the process is the key to achieving a goal. Don''t look at the goal do the process, do the reps, write words each day etc. I recently started episode seven of a seven part TV series. I''ve never written 175 pages of script - never wrote ten - but I started, a few lines at a time, and as the book says success breeds success. I can''t recommend this highly enough.
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Jules
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Seize the day
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 24, 2019
An enjoyable and refreshing perspective for business (and life) success. The author writes in a fast-moving and pacey style, with plenty of reference points, examples and traditionally accepted practices debunked. Although the advice on setting up a business is very...See more
An enjoyable and refreshing perspective for business (and life) success. The author writes in a fast-moving and pacey style, with plenty of reference points, examples and traditionally accepted practices debunked. Although the advice on setting up a business is very US-oriented, it is still practical and pragmatic and the whole read is highly engaging and inspiring. I will start reading his regular posts and putting his ideas into practice.
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Daniel
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Great book with very pertinent advice — but could be a little bit shorter
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 3, 2021
Great book with really helpful advice that I’ll be sure to use in my life. Definitely a fresh approach towards motivation and wheel power, that draws on a lot of concepts discussed in many acclaimed self-help books. There was however a point in the latter stages of the book...See more
Great book with really helpful advice that I’ll be sure to use in my life. Definitely a fresh approach towards motivation and wheel power, that draws on a lot of concepts discussed in many acclaimed self-help books. There was however a point in the latter stages of the book where I felt like the idea of motivation drifted away from the author and there was a lot more simple repetition of ideas that were present in earlier parts of the book and pretty much any other ‘you can do it’ book. Nonetheless, I will be recommending it to my friends and family.
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