The Motivation Myth Review

The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win

Author: Jeff Haden

Genre: Self Help

First Take: Common sense and a great read

When did I read it? Mid 2018


Well, we have all read about the sports star or music icon who is touted as an overnight sensation. Then if you hear an interview with the successful person, they will often wryly assert, “yeah, overnight sensation, years in the making”.

There is no such thing as a flash in the pan, miracle success. I am sure you will try and show me this one or another, but they are the exception, not the rule. Success is the result of years of concentrated effort.

Jeff’s premise is that success is the culmination of multiple small successes building one on another. Motivation is a “sugar rush” from a small success, not the genesis of the energy to get off the couch and get started.

The best way to achieve sustained effort is to look for small milestones, where the achievement of these are successes that can be celebrated and impel you towards the major success you seek. Jeff recommends that you focus on the process, not the ultimate goal. Setting a major goal, without establishing steps to achieve that goal is ultimately worthless.

It’s very good advice.

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