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Decades of research on achievement suggests people at the top of their game tend to reach their goals because of what they do - not because of who they are. In this short, provocative, and useful HBR Single, motivational psychologist Heidi Grant Halvorson translates the psychological secrets of these winning human beings for your use. Halvorson expands on her immensely popular blog post to give more detail on each of her nine suggested actions - from getting specific about goals and aggressively monitoring your achievements to understanding the importance of having "grit."

By emphasizing what successful people do consistently and effectively, Halvorson provides the path to help you accomplish your goals, once and for all.

©2011 Heidi Grant Halvorson (P)2012 Gildan Media Corp

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  • Douglas C. Bates
  • 22-06-12

Excellent Expansion of HBR Blog Post

This short book is an excellent expansion on the author's Harvard Business Review blog post on the same subject. The 9 things successful people do differently are as follows. It is well worth hearing the author flesh these items out:

1. Setting specific goals. Vagueness must be avoided. It must be a clear yes/no that the goal has been achieved.

2. Seize the moment. Always be looking to take advantage of time and opportunity.

3. Monitor progress towards goals, focusing on what is yet to be done.

4. Be optimistic, but realistic too. Realize that big goals are difficult to achieve.

5. Focus on improvement. Don't get hung up on evaluating good/bad. Just keep improving.

6. Grit. Persistence in the face of difficulty.

7. Focus on increasing willpower.

8. Avoid temptation.

9. Focus on positive actions, not on what you will avoid doing, or avoid thinking of.

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  • Rand
  • 16-02-12

Quick, To The Point, & Very Useful!

What did you like about this audiobook?

No fluff, everything had impact, and very workable guidelines.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

This book reinforced my interest. I have listened to almost all audible books regarding neuroscience, willpower, and psychology that audible has to offer; and this book blends all of them into a great action plan that I can quickly listen to, to refresh and motivate deliberate practice.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Yes, very much so. The author is concise, using understandable and real world examples to explain high level research results. Their is very little self-indulgent reflection by the author; as her attitude towards the subject matter is one of confidence, generosity, and hopefulness that the reader/listener will succeed. I believe she truly wants to help.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

The performance seemed flawless. However, I listen to most books at 2x or 3x speed, so imperfections are less noticeable. Increased speed also tends to lessen my narrator irritation factor when it comes to voice preferences.

Do you have any additional comments?

I admittedly was inclined to purchase her other book on this site, which is mentioned only twice at the very end of the recording. If you are only looking to use credits, I would suggest skipping this teaser and purchasing her other work: I am assuming it is a more thorough look at this subject matter. If you have a couple of bucks to spend, this audiobook is a great guide that can be revisited very quickly.

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  • ANTONIO
  • 28-11-12

Not very useful

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The content

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I was lead to get this book from the Hardvard bussiness Review podcast. However, I did not find anything else in the audiobook, besides the points already raised in the podcast. The tip about quantitatively defining goals was, for me, the most useful bit of wisdom derived from the book, and this can be stated in a few lines.

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  • DS
  • 16-03-13

THE USUAL ADVICE POORLY REHASHED

There are much better books, that cover the same ground, so don't waste your time or money. Fortunately, it wasn't much time or money.

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  • R.J.
  • 22-01-21

Speaker Makes It Hard to Stay Awake

OK story and ideas, but hard to pay attention due to the person read the book. Very monotone, no energy, straight out boring.

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  • Lois dean
  • 26-01-20

Great reminders!

We all have coping strategies we’ve learned over the years. Heidi gathers these all up in one place, puts them into a useful structured presentation, and explains why they work, citing the research as well as the rationale. She covers the whole package, how to start, maintain effort, achieve and expand success, over a full range of possible objectives.

Heidi’s approach results in a practical, specific, useful blueprint for success. Moreover, it is brief enough to be consumed in one sitting. My recommendation is to have it, adopt it, use it as a “workbook” across a wide range of objectives and desires, and review it often.

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  • Andrea Muzikant
  • 27-08-19

Straightforward and really good

really well done and super clear information. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to others

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  • Jeraldene
  • 14-01-19

an all-time favourite

not sure how many times I've listened to this audio book but I do so often because it is concise and packed with gems - highly recommended

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  • Hunter
  • 08-10-18

A bit too bouncy in delivery with skeptical claims

A little speculative in some of the claims, but some potentially useful approaches to looking at things from alternative angles.

I wouldn't call it a silver bullet by any means, and the performance is a bit too crisp or academic sounding, but some of the recommendations seem to be decent addendums to a toolkit of common sense.

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  • Bibliomaniac
  • 06-08-18

Sleep aid

It helps me to easily go to sleep and dream about my goals. The next day I am able to do my goals if I recall it.

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  • Amazon Customer1
  • 20-09-19

Awfully nasally gearing voice

The content is just above average but the reader has one of the most nasal twangy voice which makes the whole experience of trying to listen to this audiobook a uniformly painful one.

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  • Krista R Frazier
  • 13-01-20

great book on creating goals

highly recommend if you want to create goals you can achieve. I liked that this book was backed by extensive research to validate the authors point.