Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

  • by Heidi Grant Halvorson
  • Narrated by Shannon Parks
  • 1 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Decades of research on achievement suggests people at the top of their game tend to reach their goals because of what they do - not because of who they are. In this short, provocative, and useful HBR Single, motivational psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson translates the psychological secrets of these winning human beings for your use. Halvorson expands on her immensely popular blog post to give more detail on each of her nine suggested actions - from getting specific about goals and aggressively monitoring your achievements to understanding the importance of having "grit."
By emphasizing what successful people do consistently and effectively, Halvorson provides the path to help you accomplish your goals, once and for all.


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Excellent Expansion of HBR Blog Post

This short book is an excellent expansion on the author's Harvard Business Review blog post on the same subject. The 9 things successful people do differently are as follows. It is well worth hearing the author flesh these items out:

1. Setting specific goals. Vagueness must be avoided. It must be a clear yes/no that the goal has been achieved.

2. Seize the moment. Always be looking to take advantage of time and opportunity.

3. Monitor progress towards goals, focusing on what is yet to be done.

4. Be optimistic, but realistic too. Realize that big goals are difficult to achieve.

5. Focus on improvement. Don't get hung up on evaluating good/bad. Just keep improving.

6. Grit. Persistence in the face of difficulty.

7. Focus on increasing willpower.

8. Avoid temptation.

9. Focus on positive actions, not on what you will avoid doing, or avoid thinking of.

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- Douglas C. Bates


There are much better books, that cover the same ground, so don't waste your time or money. Fortunately, it wasn't much time or money.
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- DS "Say something about yourself!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-30-2012
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC