The Skinny on Willpower: How to Develop Self-Discipline

The Skinny on Willpower: How to Develop Self-Discipline

by Jim Randel


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ISBN-13: 9780981893532
Publisher: Rand Media Co
Publication date: 02/01/2009
Series: The Skinny On Series
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jim Randel, a graduate of the Columbia University College and Law School, has made his living as an entrepreneur. During his 30-year career, Jim has been the lead investor in many real estate and business deals.

Jim has been a guest speaker at Harvard and NYU Business Schools, annual conventions for national organizations, and investor sessions in every large city in the United States. He has also appeared on numerous networks as an expert on investing. Recent engagements include ABC, CBS, Fox, Fox Business and

Throughout his career, Jim’s passion has been to teach and write. His first book, The Real Estate Game (CCH), was published in 1986 and received national recognition from investors and critics. From 1988 to 1990 he was a daily commentator on the Financial News Network (now CNBC). In 2006 he wrote Confessions of a Real Estate Entrepreneur (McGraw-Hill) which reached #1 in several Amazon categories.

In 2008 Jim founded RAND Publishing which, under the imprint, The Skinny On™, publishes a revolutionary line of illustrated non-fiction books.

The first book in this series, The Skinny on the Housing Crisis, was awarded First Prize in the prestigious Robert Bruss Real Estate Book competition sponsored by NAREE, a group of 600 journalists who cover business and finance. This was quickly followed by 7 more titles: The Skinny on Willpower, The Skinny on Credit Cards, The Skinny on Success, The Skinny on Real Estate Investing, The Skinny on Direct Sales, The Skinny on Time Management, and the newest in the series, The Skinny on Persuasion.

Jim lives and works in Westport, Connecticut with his wife Carol. They have four grown children and two grandchildren.

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the skinny on willpower

how to develop self-discipline

RAND Publishing

Copyright © 2010 Jim Randel
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-9818935-3-2


Willpower - the strength to act, or forbear from acting in the pursuit of a goal - is a critical determinant to success.

With any goal, there are times when action is needed ("I should go to the gym") and times when forbearance is needed ("I should not have dessert"). What happens between one's thought and one's response is the result of one's willpower, or lack thereof.

Freud described the mind as "an arena, a sort of tumbling ground, for the struggle of antagonistic impulses," and that's the reason people need willpower. At times, we all find it hard to take appropriate action in the face of competing pressures, impulses or temptations.

In doing our homework for this book, we read or listened to everything we could find on the subjects of willpower and self-discipline - books, articles and CDs. We spoke with professors and researchers. We spent hours online looking for insight. We interviewed highly successful people - movie and TV celebrities, professional and Olympic athletes, well-known politicians, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and really rich entrepreneurs. Our conclusions are the results of both personal experience and all that we learned from others.

Our goal is to teach you all that we have learned. We hope that by doing so, we will give you ideas for adapting your behavior in the development of the willpower you may need to achieve your personal goals.

So get comfortable. Give us about an hour to read about Billy and Beth's struggles with the willpower they need to accomplish their goals. We hope that at the end of your read, you will have a better sense of the topic and will thereby be a little closer to the achievement of your own aspirations.


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What People are Saying About This

Ken Blanchard

"Don't let the stick figures fool you - The Skinny On Willpower is a funny book that offers up some seriously good information on how to declutter your brain and discipline yourself to achieve your personal and professional goals. Jim Randel will have you laughing and thinking at the same time. A very enjoyable read!"--(Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager)

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The Skinny on Willpower: How to Develop Self-Discipline 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
dh229 More than 1 year ago
This fun, quick easy read was filled with great information for anyone wanting to know more about willpower and self-discipline! I recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it a lot. Will power and discipline is key to your goals and tasks. It takes consistent effort to make it a HABIT. Just be aware what your unconciously saying no and saying yes to. Its a struggle at times but eventually you will win the battle. Just put a lot of effort. Good luck !!
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The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
Nothing worth having is ever easy but if take the time to create a better you - everyone and everything around you will prosper from it especially you.
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Jan Thomas More than 1 year ago
Just check this in the library or read in the store. All you get in the "sample" is the cover and copyright page.