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Break the Twitch: A Practical Guide to Minimalism, Intentional Living & Doing More of What Matters

Narrated by: Anthony Ongaro
Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Every day, we make hundreds of small actions without even thinking about them. Pulling out our smartphones, clicking the one-click purchase button, pulling down to refresh the social media feed, and more. Automatic actions that have become so deeply programmed into our lives that we don't have the chance to stop and ask ourselves a very important question: Do I actually want to do this right now?  

This book is all about taking a step back, identifying the Twitch - the impulsive, unproductive responses we have to discomfort - minimizing those distractions, kicking the clutter, and doing more of what matters.  

©2017 Anthony Ongaro (P)2018 Anthony Ongaro

Critic Reviews

"In this book, Anthony provides a unique perspective on minimalism and intentional living while proving that small changes really can make a big difference. If you're looking for practical, actionable advice on clearing the clutter and doing more of what matters, this book is a must-read.” (Joshua Becker, founder of Becoming Minimalist)

"If you're tired of your life being left on autopilot and you long to live more intentionally, you need this book. If you find yourself clinging to technology without knowing why or constantly consuming instead of creating, then this one is for you. It's time to Break the Twitch. And Anthony Ongaro will show you how." (Jeff Goins, best-selling author of The Art of Work and Real Artists Don't Starve)

"Short, sweet, and motivating is only the tip of this intentionally crafted book. You're bound to have at least a few moments where you say, 'Wait – spending less and having more of what I truly want is that simple?!' The answer is a resounding 'Yes!' as Anthony proves with vibrant stories and practical steps that anyone can do without moving mountains. Get ready to replace your own mindless twitches with more focus, greater awareness, and less stress on your brain or bank account." (Joel Zaslofsky, The Smart and Simple Podcast)

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Succinct and impactful

Engaging narration, with a mix of storytelling and practical suggestions for the listener's own life. I loved this audiobook.

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  • Barrett Seldon
  • 26-07-2018

Short listen but well written, read, and practical

The author does a great job at bringing common sense solutions to the valid real world issues of impulsive spending, consumerism, and time management. It's a short listen but less is definitely more with this one.

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  • Crystal A.
  • 08-03-2019

Over All Very Good Book

Was very eye opening as to how our triggers cause our twitches (impulse spending) I had never heard my person behavior described so well. Has definitely made me recognize my impulse triggers and think twice about making a new purchase. Very glad I listened to this book, not once but twice so far and will listen several more times. Each time something new stands out that I glazed over the times before

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  • GOKU
  • 23-12-2018

awesome.. plus his youtube channel is great<br />i<br />

very good audio book. plus his youtube channel is awesome. 10/10 . i wish he had more

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  • Kellie Gilliss
  • 12-12-2018

Are you distracted? Want to accomplish your goals? Read this.

This is a quick and easy starter book to understanding our daily distractions in our modern world and how to limit them to live a more fulfilling life. Don't feel guilty, start with a small step toward your happy place being your daily reality before you know it.

Add this to your collection and if your like me, listen to it weekly or twice a month to take advantage of all the advice and see how far you have come.

I am already seeing my twitches, eliminating them and I am shocked at how many times I do things out of habit and all time and energy I have wasted on them.

So excited to use all my extra time on what is truly important.
Thanks for the great "read".

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  • Simon Drysdale
  • 01-11-2018

Alright

It's short, which I guess was intentional. A lot of books in this genre come across as pretentious and don't offer much practical advice for the average reader. I'm happy to report that this book didn't come across like that. I like that this book approaches the practical aspects of minimalism not just in terms of physical and digital clutter, but in the psychological impact that it is likely having on you.

Unfortunately I don't really think that the ideas are very well fleshed out. We get very little back-story about the author and little description about how his life has changed after it.

The book gives some practical tips, like: remove troublesome phone apps from your phone, turn off notifications, declutter your possessions, and avoid impulse purchasing.

A lot of the book hinges on the idea of the twitch, whereby we get impulses to improve our lives and advertising exploits that. The digital advancement in technology has allowed companies to prey on that to encourage us to spend more. I thought that this could have been way more fleshed out and scientific / methodical in its implementation.

I wouldn't say the book is bad, but if you've given this subject even a degree of thought and reflection in your own time, I don't think it will add much to your perspective.

Overall, not terrible, but way too short and I wouldn't spend an audible credit on it again.