The Missing Link Between Laziness and Self-control

When I read the book Switch, by Dan and Chip Heath, one concept cemented itself firmly in my mind: self-control is a limited resource. They cite a fascinating paper published by Baumeister in 1998. Fast Company, a magazine in which the Heath brothers have a regular column, published a summary of the idea at their site. Here’s the video they made.

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  • Jules November 26, 2010 at 1:18 am

    this makes me feel better about myself. Thanks

  • brent December 6, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Very interesting amigo. Does Switch go into more detail on the subject of self control?

  • Derek December 6, 2010 at 11:33 am

    Yes, Switch does go into more detail on the subject of self control. The book is all about how to make change happen, at both an individual and collective level.

    The authors divide change into 3 distinct parts: the rational mind, the emotional mind, and the surroundings. They use the metaphor of a rider on an elephant going down a path. The rider (rational mind) can see where he is going and make logical decisions. However, the elephant (emotional mind) is much larger and more difficult to move. The path (surroundings) can also make change more challenging.

    If you like the first chapter, you’ll like the entire book. It’s posted here: