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The Personal MBA

Master the Art of Business

A world-class business education in a single volume. Learn the universal principles behind every successful business, then use these ideas to make more money, get more done, and have more fun in your life and work.

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What Is 'Akrasia'?

Akrasia (pronounced “ah-KRAH-see-ah”) is the experience of realizing an action would be in your best interest... but you don’t do it.

There are seven primary causes of akrasia:

  1. You can’t define what you want.
  2. You feel the task will bring you closer to something you don’t want.
  3. You can’t figure out how you’re going to get from where you are right now to where you want to be.
  4. You idealize the desired End Result to the point your mind estimates a low probability of achievement, resulting in Loss Aversion.
  5. The “should” was established by someone else, not you, prompting Persuasion Resistance.
  6. A competing action in the current Environment promises immediate gratification, while the reward of the task in question will come much later.
  7. The benefits of the action are abstract and distant, while other possible actions will provide concrete and immediate benefits.

Akrasia is one of the primary barriers to getting things done, and it's tricky to resolve.

Questions About 'Akrasia'


"Some of the greatest battles will be fought within the silent chambers of your own soul."

Ezra Taft Benson, former US Secretary of Agriculture

From Chapter 7:

Working With Yourself


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The Personal MBA

Master the Art of Business

A world-class business education in a single volume. Learn the universal principles behind every successful business, then use these ideas to make more money, get more done, and have more fun in your life and work.

Buy the book:


About Josh Kaufman

Josh Kaufman is an acclaimed business, learning, and skill acquisition expert. He is the author of two international bestsellers: The Personal MBA and The First 20 Hours. Josh's research and writing have helped millions of people worldwide learn the fundamentals of modern business.

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