The Motivation Hoax: A Smart Person's Guide to Inspirational Nonsense

The Motivation Hoax: A Smart Person's Guide to Inspirational Nonsense

by James Adonis


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The Motivation Hoax: A Smart Person's Guide to Inspirational Nonsense by James Adonis

Everywhere you look – on posters, in offices, on social media – there’s a motivational quote to greet you. Dreams can come true! Happiness is a journey! Think positive! You can do anything! But how many of these are accurate? How many are wise? And which of them are based on evidence you can actually trust? The answer is depressing: not many at all.

The Motivation Hoax exposes and unravels the nonsense that permeates the inspiration industry, and in its place offers a suite of tools and insights that are reliable, credible and, most importantly, tested.

Who will benefit from this book? The Motivation Hoax is for you if:

· You’re a leader who abhors clichés and vacuous platitudes.

· You’re an employee who desires a realistic guide to workplace success.

· You find yourself rolling your eyes when you see or hear yet another nauseating motivational quote.

· You value science over rhetoric, no matter how eloquently worded.

A reality check like no other, The Motivation Hoax is among the most refreshing, liberating and surprisingly affirming books you’ll read this year.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781760640163
Publisher: Black Inc.
Publication date: 05/01/2018
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

James Adonis is one of Australia’s best-known leadership educators. Over the past decade he has worked with hundreds of organisations ¬– including McDonald's, American Express, Coca-Cola, Qantas, Optus, Ernst & Young, Gucci and Macquarie Bank – to help them lead change and improve performance. His nationally syndicated Fairfax columns on leadership and workplace matters are read by over 200,000 people every month.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 The Indisputable Role of Luck 5

2 'A Quitter Never Wins and a Winner Never Quits' Napoleon Hill 18

3 Passion: A Tale of Destructive Obsession 27

4 'Choose a Job You Love, and You Will Never Have to Work a Day in Your Life'-Confucius 38

5 Money and Happiness: A Medley of Misleading Quotations 48

6 '<insert noun> Is a Journey, Not a Destination' 55

7 Disproving the Unhealthiness of Health 68

8 'The Purpose of Life is a Life of Purpose' Robert Byrne 78

9 Positive thinking - and All That Crap 88

10 'Life Is Too Short to Wake Up With Regrets' Paulo Coelho 99

11 Dreams Can Come True … and Other Forms of Self-deception 110

12 'If You Don't Know Where You Are Going, You Will Probably End Up Somewhere Else' Laurence J. Peter 120

13 Its Not What Happens to You … or Is It? 129

14 'Many Hands Make Light Work' John Heywood 141

15 The Impossibility of Achieving the Impossible 151

16 'That Which Does Not Kill Us Makes Us Stronger' Friedrich Nietzsche 161

17 The Dirty Business of Busyness 168

18 'It's Better to Be a Lion for a Day than a Sheep All Your Life' Elizabeth Kenny 176

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