Summary of The Achievement Habit

Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life

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Take simple steps that help you meet your health goals and put yourself on the right path.


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This book is a pleasure. It offers helpful advice and engaging, illustrative anecdotes. Bernard Roth calls upon his design perspective – and lessons he learned as academic director at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University – to offer workable suggestions for building an active, successful approach to work and life. He provides ways to achieve goals you might not otherwise reach and shares the motivational secrets he’s been teaching his graduate design students for years. Most of his ideas are easy to implement – like to stop making excuses – and can make a big difference in your life. Roth also suggests deep breathing, meditative exercises and visualization to assist readers in overcoming a negative self-image. Overall, Roth provides worthy assistance for setting and achieving your goals. getAbstract recommends his insights to anyone seeking to free themselves from destructive habits and become more productive.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to adopt a more productive perspective
  • Why you must stop making excuses, even reasonable ones
  • How to move beyond roadblocks and reach your goals


“Nothing Is What You Think It Is”
Mike’s professor saw him as “a slacker” because he failed to complete a project. Years after college, Mike created an amazingly innovative exhibit at the annual Burning Man festival. The professor who considered Mike a talentless failure and totally dismissed...
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About the Author

Engineering professor Bernard Roth is a co-founder and the academic director of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University (also known as the

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    John Paz 4 months ago
    Great poster material in this summary. Really encouraged me to go out and buy the paper version to keep as periodic inspiration...
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    Stephanie Garcia 6 months ago
    This is a great book to read. I will definitely live the words and thoughts I learned from this summary.
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    Anna Moszczynski 7 months ago
    A pleasant read, outlining many easy-to-understand concepts that can be incorporated in life, both professional and personal.

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