Book Review of "The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win" by Jeff Haden
"THE MOTIVATION MYTH: HOW HIGH ACHIEVERS REALLY SET THEMSELVES UP TO WIN" BY JEFF HADEN
Kerry's Book Review
I am a sucker for reading "high achiever" books so when this title crossed my path, I had no choice but to buy it. I am also a big fan of Jeff Haden and read his Inc. column "Owners Manual" frequently. This book did not disappoint.
First, Jeff is funny. I laughed out loud throughout the book, making it an even bigger win because so many achievement books are dry. This one is not. Jeff shares all kinds of gems worthy of consideration, some new, some reminders, but it's packaged in a way that makes you want to do something with the "nuggets of goodness" you take away.
Second, I liked that Jeff dispels the myth that motivation comes from willpower and determination. Instead, he lays out the argument that motivation is a process that comes from taking small steps and celebrating ALL wins, no matter how small.
Kerry's Key Takeaways
All in all, I highly recommend this book. You will walk away inspired to do great things.
"This isn't just a groundbreaking approach to making millions or melting off extra pounds. It's a life-changing mental shift toward enjoying the process. Why the f*ck not?"
—Sarah Knight, author of Get Your Sh*t Together
"Jeff Haden knows what many people don't: that success is less about searching for motivation and more about muddling through until you achieve something motivating."
—Adam Grant, author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg
"Jeff Haden upends a traditional trope: that motivation breeds success—by showing us that it is success that breeds motivation. Once you understand this, everything changes."
—L. David Marquet, former Navy captain and author of Turn the Ship Around!
KP's BOOk Reviews
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