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From'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 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 two million views 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.
©2018 Jeff Haden (P)2018 Penguin Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By G. Lincoln on 01-11-18

A quick and worthwhile read

What I like most about this book is that the author doesn't waste my time. There aren't chapters filled with bragging that many books with similar goals seem to think is required, perhaps to qualify the author.

Instead there are excellent ideas that I'd not heard before about how motivation actually works, as well as details about building frameworks and processes to achieve your goals. Well thought out examples clarified and "todo" lists called me to action and helped me realize that I'd been working toward the wrong things, and in the incorrect order.

Ray Porter's narration is perfect, as always. He reads with passion and his style fits the author's voice well. Recommended!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Daniel Hawes on 02-25-18

Very little substance or research

He knocks other self help gurus yet offers a fraction of the substance. ... basically all based on one theme, get started, take action and build on the momentum... No kidding ... no other real insights and flies in the face of Adam Grant’s Originals .... Tries to be irreverent but ironically hasn’t really done his research or ground work.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Jane Wilder on 01-27-18

Good content

I found this useful but could not finish as the narrator not my cup of tea.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-09-18

Great book

Loved the book, the topics and advice. The authors humour made me laugh quite a few times to which I think is a sign of good writing.

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