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Publisher's Summary

If you're relying on willpower alone to help you lose weight, improve your relationships or achieve more at work, you're doomed to fail. The environment around us is far too powerful, stimulating, addicting and stressful to overcome it through sheer determination. Willpower, grit, being positive - basically, all the tools you've been told are the keys to creating lasting change in your life - are insufficient in this high-paced, information-overloaded world we live in. The only way to stop just surviving and learn to truly thrive in today's world is to proactively shape your environment.

That's the premise of Willpower Doesn't Work, by organizational psychologist and Medium's most-read self-help guru Benjamin Hardy. Building on copious existing research as well as his own experience of growing up in a broken family afflicted by addiction and drug use, Hardy explains how people can change their lives on every level by making small, impactful changes in their environments like:

  • Creating "enriched environments" - using tougher challenges and self-imposed deadlines to force yourself to rise to the occasion
  • Growing into your goals - using radical personal accountability to keep yourself on target and on track
  • Becoming the teacher - stepping into a leadership role (even before you think you're ready) to accelerate your skills
  • Rotating your environments - getting out of your rut by literally changing your physical surroundings throughout the day or week

From simple steps like removing things that conflict with your values from your environment (like junk food, junk media, even junk people) to incorporating new tools (like fasting or adding "positive triggers" to your world), these lessons make it possible to consciously shape your surroundings so you can lead a more productive and happier life. Hardy leans on his own story of making the decision to foster three young children to illustrate how any shift, no matter how huge, can become "the new normal" if you support that change with a productive environment.

©2018 Benjamin Hardy (P)2018 Little, Brown Book Group

Critic Reviews

"Benjamin Hardy is one of the leading voices on well-being and productivity. Willpower Doesn't Work is an insightful guide to help us thrive in today's world." (Arianna Huffington)
"If you only read one book in 2018, make it this one...." ( Inc.)

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Exemplary and inspiring

Exemplary and inspiring, changes how you view the world. Helped me make some crucial decisions, but also helped me to plan for the what's next. As with everything one must take a myriad of views and opinions, for this this hit the spot.

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Worth listening to this twice in a row

The content is very rich. Loved it! Worth listening to this again to really put all this to practice.

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Amazing book!

This book is amazing, I'll be rereading it several times over to truly internalize the teachings.

Benjamin has done an outstanding job at distilling life changing concepts into an easy to digest book, if the reader implements what is taught, their life can and will change forever!

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  • Jamie
  • Mandurah, WA
  • 22-04-2018

Wonderful

I heard about this book from the Jordan Harbinger Show. Hardy uses a well referenced presentation that challenges the popular concept that we can will ourselves to success. Willpower can only do so much. We need to stand upon “the shoulders of giants”.

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  • D. W. Knight
  • 30-07-2018

Your environment is what matters

As always Ben Hardy has provided sound and practical advice.
Your environment controls you... the good news is that you can control your environment.
If someone listens to this book with attention there is no way they can not improve their life.

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  • Brad
  • 19-09-2018

Excellent book!

So much to value take in. Will definitely be reading, or listening to it, again. Thanks Benjamin, good job 👍🏻

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  • sara taylor
  • 27-07-2018

One of the best self-help books I’ve come across

Really great piece of work based on up to date research and busting the myth that it is all about pure will power.
So glad I came across it.

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  • Jason
  • 11-06-2018

Must read for any entrepreneur

Great book which talk about how your environment can make you successful or just average. The author explain what kind of environment you should set up for your self if you want to learn something new, lose weight, sleep or work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-05-2018

Changing zones

Great book! Proactively choosing your environment is a key concept that changes the game because it changes you!