Heidi_HalvorsonOn May 20, 2011, we had a wonderful interview with the uniquely talented motivational psychologist and writer, Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D., author of Succeed: How We Can All Reach Our Goals.


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SUCCEED: How We Can All Reach Our Goals

Praise for SUCCEED: How We Can All Reach Our Goals

Heidi Halvorson PhDSucceed: How We Can All Reach Our Goals”Once every ten years or so, someone says something original in the area of personal development. Heidi Grant Halvorson is that someone. If you have ever failed at something or are seeking to accomplish something, Succeed is a must read.” — Matthew Kelly, New York Times bestselling author of The Rhythm of Life and The Dream Manager

“The most important message of this book is that people can change. It’s not necessarily easy, but it is possible with the right motivation and the right information about how to go about it. The problem has always been, Where do we go to get the right information? The solution is at hand; you need only turn the page.” — Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Stanford University, and bestselling author of Mindset

“If you have goals, then you should read this book. If you manage others or are in a position to help others achieve their goals, then you have to read this book! It’s filled with fascinating studies revealing the secrets of success. But Heidi Grant Halvorson goes beyond the studies to show us how to apply them and save us years of struggle. This book is a keeper.” — Peter Bregman, CEO of Bregman Partners, author of “How We Work”, Harvard Business Publishing’s most popular blog, and the forthcoming 18 Minutes: Find your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done. (Business Plus, 2011)

“SUCCEED succeeds big-time! Rare is a book that is both brilliant and practical, entertaining and rigorous, easy to read and deep. SUCCEED is such a book. If you want to bolster your level of success and in general lead a happier life, this book is for you!” — Dr. Edward Hallowell, psychiatrist and bestselling author of Delivered from Distraction, CrazyBusy, Superparenting for ADD, and Dare to Forgive.


Heidi HalvorsonHeidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D., is someone to watch. She is a rising star as a motivational psychologist and as a writer.

Her most recent book Succeed: How We Can All Reach Our Goals (Penguin-imprint Hudson Street Press, 2010) has received terrific reviews.

She is an Expert Blogger for Fast Company, The Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, as well as a regular contributor to the BBC World Service’s Business Daily, the Harvard Business Review, and SmartBrief’s SmartBlog on Leadership. Her writing has also been featured on CNN Living and Mamapedia.

In addition to her work as author and co-editor of the highly-regarded academic book The Psychology of Goals (Guilford, 2009), she has authored papers in her field’s most prestigious journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, European Journal of Social Psychology, and Judgment and Decision Making.

The Psychology of GoalsShe has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation for her research on goals and achievement. Her work has been praised by Carol Dweck and Matthew Kelly, among many others.

She received her B.A. in psychology, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania, and earned her doctorate at Columbia University, specializing in goal pursuit and motivation. Her research has focused on understanding how people respond to setbacks and challenges, and how these responses are shaped by the kinds of goals they pursue. She has published papers on topics ranging from achievement and self-regulation, to person perception, persuasion, and well-being.

The toughest challenge she has successfully met was leaving behind a career in academia to become a full-time writer and speaker. She says, “It was a terrifying leap into the unknown for me, and I had never taken a risk like that before. But I couldn’t be happier with that decision.”

She has gone from someone who spends most of her time conducting research to one who spends all of her time talking and writing about it, and trying to help people understand how they can use the science of
motivation in their own lives.

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