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 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.
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By Stuart Harris on 13-04-18
nothing new and contradicts himself
starts off complaining about other people's work then explains other people's work almost exactly. for example he says smart goals are bad then spend the next chapter explaining smart goals, although not calling them smart.
nothing new here and not much about motivation. more about productivity of anything.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Kim on 09-04-18
I'd Listen To Ray Porter Read Me Math
I would NEVER have listened to this book if Ray weren't narrating it. I"m required to do 40 hours of training a year at my job. This book ended up being completely interesting and 85% of it hit home. Whether for business or personal reasons, there's something in this book for anyone who needs help with motivation and the rationalization behind it. The author tells stories and experiences in an honest, down to earth way that people will be able to understand and try and Ray Porter gives all of the inflection and personality needed to keep me listening.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
By G. Lincoln on 11-01-18
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!
28 of 30 people found this review helpful