This might be one book that you’ll wish you had read early in your career. Willpower Doesn’t Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success by Benjamin Hardy is like an action plan for resetting habits and mindset. It challenges everything I’ve been taught about what it takes to improve life and achieve goals (hint: it’s not willpower). It offers a new revolutionary paradigm for personal development, some of which I’ve been able to apply, with some promising results.

According to author Benjamin Hardy, our personality doesn’t shape our behavior; our behavior develops our personality. But what shapes our behavior? Our environment.

Hardy provides solid advice for how to make the most significant decisions of your life--and why those decisions should be made in specific settings. He explains the importance of creating a daily "sacred" environment to live your life with intention, and how not to get sucked into cultural addictions. He points out that we rarely break habits through sheer willpower, replacement of habits is far more likely to result in success. He also describes how to invest big in yourself to upgrade your environment and mindset and how to put "forcing functions" in your life--so your default behaviors are what you want them to be. Most helpful for entrepreneurs are his steps for creating an environment where endless creativity and boundless productivity is the norm.

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

If you’ve ever set goals and fallen short, this is a must read!