The co-founder of the Stanford d.School introduces the power of design thinking to help you achieve goals you never thought possible.
Achievement can be learned. It’s a muscle, and once you learn how to flex it, you’ll be able to meet life’s challenges and fulfill your goals, Bernard Roth, Academic Director at the Stanford d.school contends.
In The Achievement Habit, Roth applies the remarkable insights that stem from design thinking—previously used to solve large scale projects—to help us realize the power for positive change we all have within us. Roth leads us through a series of discussions, stories, recommendations, and exercises designed to help us create a different experience in our lives. He shares invaluable insights we can use to gain confidence to do what we’ve always wanted and overcome obstacles that hamper us from reaching our potential, including:
- Don’t try—DO;
- Excuses are self-defeating;
- Believe you are a doer and achiever and you’ll become one;
- Build resiliency by reinforcing what you do rather than what you accomplish;
- Learn to ignore distractions that prevent you from achieving your goals;
- Become open to learning from your own experience and from those around you;
- And more.
The brain is complex and is always working with our egos to sabotage our best intentions. But we can be mindful; we can create habits that make our lives better. Thoughtful and powerful The Achievement Habit shows you how.
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About the Author
Bernard Roth is the Rodney H. Adams Professor of Engineering and the academic director of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the d.school) at Stanford University. He is a leading expert in kinematics, the science of motion, and one of the world's pioneers in the area of robotics. In addition, he has created courses that allow students to directly gain understanding and experience about personal issues that matter to them. Bernie is also the primary developer of the concept of the Creativity Workshop. For more than thirty years this workshop has been a vehicle for him to take the experiential teaching he developed at Stanford to students, faculty, and professionals around the world. He is an in-demand speaker at conferences and workshops globally, has served as a director of several corporations, and has been a leader in professional societies.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Yellow-Eyed Cats 1
1 Nothing Is What You Think It Is 15
2 Reasons Are Bullshit 39
3 Getting Unstuck 63
4 Finding Assistance 95
5 Doing Is Everything 105
6 Watch Your Language 127
7 Group Habits 149
8 Self-Image by Design 191
9 The Big Picture 219
10 Make Achievement Your Habit 241