• The Motivation Hoax

  • A Smart Person's Guide to Inspirational Nonsense
  • By: James Adonis
  • Narrated by: James Adonis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-01-2018
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audible Studios

Regular price: $14.95

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Publisher's Summary

Everywhere you look there's a motivational quote to greet you. Pursue your passion! Nothing is impossible! Happiness is a journey, not a destination! But what if there is actually scant evidence to back up these shimmering proclamations? What if positive thinking does not, in fact, lead to positive life outcomes? What if life is too short to not have regrets? In other words, what if many of our most cherished motivational platitudes simply aren't true?

The Motivation Hoax offers sense in place of the sparkling nonsense that permeates the inspiration industry. It exposes the unrealistic clichés and misleading mantras that frequently just make you feel bad, replacing them with evidence-based insights that are no less motivating but are credible, reliable and, most importantly, scientifically tested.

A reality check like no other, The Motivation Hoax is among the most refreshing, liberating and surprisingly comforting books you'll listen to this year.

James Adonis is one of Australia's best-known leadership educators. Over the past decade, he has worked with hundreds of organisations - including McDonald's, American Express, Coca-Cola, Qantas, Optus, Ernst & Young, Gucci and Macquarie Bank - to help them lead change and improve performance. His nationally syndicated Fairfax columns on leadership and workplace matters have an audience of over 200,000 people every month.

©2017 James Adonis (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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  • David A Thomas
  • 19-01-2018

Gently punctures inflated motivational truisms

A timely and thought provoking look at the kind of motivational truisms that have come to be too readily inflicted on workers in large multinational corporations. Avoiding the trap of trashing the material to be controversial and instead offering adjustments and valuable insights, James has produced a very engaging book that adds value. James reading of the book is very laid back, this has the advantage of making the book suitable to listening at higher speeds.

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  • Michael Ward
  • 17-01-2018

The most nonsensical rubbish I've ever heard.

The writer excels at taking quotes from historical figures entirely out of context and is simply wonderful at stating the obvious. Combining this with dreadful narration takes a talent most will hope never to possess. Save your money and time.

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  • Mr M
  • 25-01-2018

OMG - This clown wasted this much time???

What would have made The Motivation Hoax better?

Never having written it. It is the most pointless book ever.

What was most disappointing about James Adonis’s story?

James Adonis

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Any additional comments?

I wasted my money/credit on a worthless book and my time listening to a pontificating idiot.

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