The Achievement Habit

  • by Bernard Roth
  • Narrated by Sean Pratt
  • 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Did you know that achievement can be learned? As Bernie Roth explains, achievement is a muscle. And once you learn how to flex it, you'll be able to meet life's challenges and reach your goals.
Based on a legendary course Roth has taught at Stanford University for several decades, The Achievement Habit employs the remarkable insights that stem from design thinking to help us realize the power we all have within to change our lives for the better. By ridding ourselves of issues that stand in the way of reaching our full potential, we gain the confidence finally to do things we've always wanted to do. Combining design thinking, problem solving, creativity, communication skills, and life adjustments, listeners will learn:

Why trying and doing are two different things
Why using reasons (excuses), even legitimate ones, to explain one's behavior is self-defeating
How to change your self-image into one of a doer and achiever
How subtle language changes can resolve existential dilemmas and barriers to action
How to build resiliency by reinforcing what you do rather than what you accomplish
How to be open to learning from your own experience and from those around you

Our behavior and relationships can be transformed - if we choose to, we can be mindful and control our intentions to create habits that make our lives better. And with this thoughtful book as your guide, you can.


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I should have known better...

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As old as I am, I still sometimes fail to listen to that small voice in my head that screams, "Don't Do It!!!" This was just such a case. I read the reviews for Dr. Roth's book. They were generally positive and some were even enthusiastic. But I came across one well-written review (and I am sorry that I don't have his name to give you as a reference) that really caught my eye. It was spot on. And like the stubborn person I am, I bought Dr. Roth's book anyway. And...I regret it!

I can save you a lot of time by giving you the two major themes of the book...

1. "Doing something is better than not doing something."
2. "I love my platitudes and bumper sticker folksy adages, so here are 12 chapters full of them"

The book fails to meet the lofty expectations generated by that great title. In fact, this book fails to meet any expectations at all. It is a series of random stores and anecdotes. It is Dr. Roth's "I love will too" recitation of many experiences he has had and his observations on life based on his interaction with college students spanning 50 years. Wonderful! This is your life, Dr. Roth! Hardly a roadmap to developing "The Achievement Habit".

As I said, I sometimes don't remember to follow my own instincts. This book was just a series of platitudes so I'll give you one I learned a long time ago that's truly applicable here:
"Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach". I should have remembered this one...

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- Amazon Customer

Absolute garbage- do not read

I found this book to be completely useless. 11 chapters of very minimally thoughtful stories and anecdotes. Even among the often trite self-help books this one ranks at the bottom
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- Justin Fayer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-17-2015
  • Publisher: HarperAudio