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.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.


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Customer Reviews

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Makes a lot of assumptions that I couldn't agree with.

A couple of things happened when I was reading this book. First was that I found myself getting rather animated when I disagreed with the author about 'reasons'. Second, the penny dropped that this is how Neurotypical people think and operate. Further, they assume that all people can (and should) think and operate the same way. As a person who cannot think and operate like this, I found this book to be an incredible insight into how intelligent mainstream people operate and assume others should too.

Another thing that happened is that I have stopped giving 'reasons' when I say no to things. It is far better to just say no (although I maintain that reasons and excuses are not the same thing) I feel I have saved myself time and energy, and perhaps even increased my credibility with this small change.

Having made myself push on despite my irritation, I am very glad I committed to finishing this book. For all the areas I agreed with the author, I have another way of communicating my thoughts now. For all the times I didn't agree, I have a better understanding of the other side of the argument.
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- jannine


really insightful and uplifting. has given me a new perspective on my own life as well as work life. real practical and pragmatic book and highly recommend you listen or read
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- Barry

Book Details

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