The Motivation Myth

How High Achievers Really Set Themselves up to Win

by Jeff Haden

Number of pages: 288

Publisher: Random House

BBB Library: Personal Success

ISBN: 978-0399563768

About the Author

Ghostwriter, speaker, LinkedIn Influencer, and Inc. magazine contributing editor. In 2017, his online articles for Inc. alone attracted more than 20 million readers.


Editorial Review

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.The Motivation Myth overturns the beloved (but false) idea that motivation leads to success, and offers practical advice that anyone can use to stop stalling and start working on their dreams.

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Wisdom to Share

If you’re willing to stay the course, who you are is more than enough to accomplish anything you want.

The road to success is filled with countless hours of work, determination and sacrifice. But on the bright side, it’s also filled with countless opportunities to feel good about what you have accomplished, each and every day along the way.

It’s easy, and extremely tempting when you’re rationalizing your own lack of success, to assume successful people have some intangible quality-ideas, talent, drive, skills, creativity, etc. But the truth is, talent reveals itself only in hindsight.

Know that when you fall in love with the process, you don’t just succeed, you become the success itself; you don’t just start a business, you’re an entrepreneur; you don’t just write, you’re an author.

The key to learning is to make small changes, evaluate the results, discard what doesn’t work, and further refine what does work.

Willpower is like a muscle that can be developed; the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets.

To succeed, you don’t have to be braver than other people; you just need to find the strength to keep moving forward.

The only difference between incredibly successful people and the rest of us, is that they found a way to put aside their uncertainties, and try.

Don’t give in to inactivity, because it encourages more of the same.

When you are faced with choices, you can always step back and ask yourself: “Will this help me reach my goal?”