Benjamin Hardy

Books by Benjamin Hardy


Personality Isn't Permanent: Break Free from Self-Limiting Beliefs and Rewrite Your Story

Available in: Hardcover
Psychologist and motivational blogger Benjamin Hardy, PhD, shows you why self-transformation is easier to achieve than you think, at any stage of life.

Does your past determine who you are? Past experiences and traumas can trap people in unhealthy attitudes and behaviors, but organizational psychologist Dr. Benjamin Hardy shows you why that doesn't have to be the case. Rather than being defined by the past, a person's internal narrative can be based on their desired future. They can set committed goals, craft their identity to match those goals, and then act consistently to meet those goals. In due process, their internal identity will evolve into their external personality.

Hardy draws on both psychological research and practical, motivational advice, to demolish the popular misconception that personality--a person's consistent attitudes and behaviors--is innate and unchanging.
In Personality Isn't Permanent, you'll learn:

* Why you should never be the "former anything". Defining yourself by your past successes can be just as damaging to your potential to grow as being haunted by past failures.
* Why regularly putting yourself in new and unfamiliar situations is the best way to create personality change.
* Why you should measure your progress by how much you've grown, rather than what you lack.
* How adopting a persona can boost your confidence and help you accomplish things that might otherwise feel "out of character" for you.
* How focusing on your physical health can help you achieve personality change - because personality is shaped in the mind and the body.

Along the way, you'll hear fascinating true stories of radical self-transformation, from Dean Karnazes, who quit his corporate job and began a running career after a spontaneous 30-mile run on his 30th birthday; Josh Waitzkin, a teen chess prodigy who trained himself to become a world-class long-distance swimmer after a near-drowning experience; and Hardy himself, who transcended his childhood in a broken home, surrounded by issues of addiction and mental illness, to get his PhD and build a happy family.

Featuring a "Personality Quiz" that is future-focused and vision-driven, Personality Isn't Permanent is your practical guide to transcending your limitations and becoming the person you always wanted to be.


Willpower Doesn't Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success

Available in: Hardcover
We rely on willpower to create change in our lives...but what if we're thinking about it all wrong? In Willpower Doesn't Work, Benjamin Hardy explains that willpower is nothing more than a dangerous fad-one that is bound to lead to failure. Instead of "white-knuckling" your way to change, you need to instead alter your surroundings to support your goals. This book shows you how.

The world around us is fast-paced, confusing, and full of distractions. It's easy to lose focus on what you want to achieve, and your willpower won't last long if your environment is in conflict with your goals--eventually, the environment will win out. Willpower Doesn't Work is the needed guided for today's over-stimulating and addicting environment. Willpower Doesn't Work will specifically teach you:

  • How to make the biggest decisions of your life--and why those decisions must be made in specific settings
  • How to create a daily "sacred" environment to live your life with intention, and not get sucked into the cultural addictions
  • How to invest big in yourself to upgrade your environment and mindset
  • How to put "forcing functions" in your life--so your default behaviors are precisely what you want them to be
  • How to quickly put yourself in proximity to the most successful people in the world--and how to adapt their knowledge and skills to yourself even quicker
  • How to create an environment where endless creativity and boundless productivity is the norm

Benjamin Hardy will show you that nurture is far more powerful than your nature, and teach you how to create and control your environment so your environment will not create and control you.