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Willpower Doesn’t Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success by Benjamin P. Hardy Review

Title: Willpower Doesn’t Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success

Author: Benjamin P. Hardy

First published March 6, 2018

256 pages, Hardcover

ISBN: 9780316441322 (ISBN10: 0316441325)

Rating: 4.01


In today’s world, relying solely on willpower to achieve your goals is a recipe for failure. The environment we live in is too complex and influential to overcome with sheer determination.

Benjamin P. Hardy, the most-read writer on Medium.com, provides a solution in his book, Willpower Doesn’t Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success.

Drawing on his own experience of growing up in a broken family with addiction and extensive research, Hardy reveals how small but impactful changes to our environment can change our lives on every level. By creating enriched environments, growing into our goals, becoming a teacher, and rotating our surroundings, we can consciously evolve into the person we want to be.

From removing things that conflict with our values to using new tools like fasting and positive triggers, Hardy’s strategies proactively shape our environment to help us thrive in today’s world. Don’t just survive, learn how to truly thrive with Willpower Doesn’t Work.

About the Author

Meet Dr. Benjamin P Hardy. He’s not your average Joe.

He’s an organizational psychologist who has earned a Ph.D. from Clemson University. But that’s not all.

He’s also a proud father of six. Currently, he resides in Windermere, Florida.

Editoral Review

In “Willpower Doesn’t Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success,” Benjamin P. Hardy offers a revolutionary approach to achieving personal and professional goals.

Published on March 6, 2018, the book explores the common misconception that willpower alone is enough to create lasting change. By drawing on the latest research in psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral science, Hardy presents a blueprint for success that relies on creating an environment that supports positive habits and behaviors.

Hardy, a bestselling author, blogger, and entrepreneur, has gained a reputation for his insightful and motivational approach to personal development. In “Willpower Doesn’t Work,” he builds on this reputation by challenging readers to think differently about the role of willpower in achieving their goals.

The book is written in a conversational style that engages readers from the outset, making it accessible and easy to follow. The main character in “Willpower Doesn’t Work” is the reader, and the setting is the world around them.

The conflicts stem from the challenges faced in trying to create lasting change in oneself, whether it’s to achieve a goal, overcome an addiction, or improve one’s health and happiness. By examining the challenges of others and the cutting-edge research that underpins Hardy’s approach, readers are able to identify the hidden keys to success that have been holding them back.

One of the strengths of the book lies in its use of real-world examples to illustrate the principles of creating a supportive environment. Hardy draws on the experiences of successful individuals, including entrepreneurs, athletes, and artists, as well as his own journey towards personal development.

This makes the book relatable and provides readers with a sense of what is possible. Another strength of “Willpower Doesn’t Work” is the clear structure that makes the book easy to follow.

Hardy organizes the content into ten chapters, each focusing on a different aspect of creating a supportive environment. The pacing is excellent, with enough detail to provide practical advice but not so much to overwhelm or bore the reader.

While there are few weaknesses in this book, one criticism is that some of the concepts may be familiar to readers who are already well-versed in the field of personal development. However, Hardy’s approach is unique and provides a fresh perspective that can benefit even the most advanced practitioners.

Overall, “Willpower Doesn’t Work” is a must-read for anyone seeking to create lasting change in their life. It provides a clear and actionable roadmap for achieving personal and professional goals by creating a supportive environment.

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars for its practicality, research-based insights, and motivational approach. It’s an excellent addition to the personal development genre, and one that is likely to help readers achieve success in all areas of their lives.

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