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Get Out of Your Own Way

A Skeptic's Guide to Growth and Fulfillment
Written by: Dave Hollis
Narrated by: Dave Hollis, Rachel Hollis
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
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Includes an audiobook-exclusive interview between Dave and Rachel Hollis!

Dave Hollis used to think that "personal growth" was just for broken people.

Then he woke up.

When Dave Hollis' wife, Rachel, began writing her number one New York Times best-selling book, Girl, Wash Your Face, he bristled at her transparency and her willingness to talk about such intimate details of their life. But when a looming career funk, a growing drinking problem, and a challenging trek through therapy battered the Disney executive and father of four, Dave began to realize he was letting untruths about himself dictate his life. As he sank to the bottom of his valley, he had to make a choice. Would he push himself out of his comfort zone to become the best man he was capable of being, or would he play it safe and settle for mediocrity?

In Get Out of Your Own Way, Dave tackles topics he once found it difficult to be honest about, things like his struggles with alcohol, problems in his marriage, and his insecurities about being a dad. Dave helps us see our own journeys more clearly as he unpacks the lies he once believed - such as "I Have to Have It All Together," "Failure Means You’re Weak," and "If They Doesn’t Need Me, Will They Still Want Me?" - and reveals the tools that helped him change his life.

Offering encouragement, challenge, and 100 moments to laugh at himself, Dave points the way for those of us who are, like he was, skeptical of self-help but wanting something more than status quo, and helps us drop bogus ideas about who we are supposed to be and finally start living as who we really are.

©2020 Dave Hollis (P)2020 HarperCollins Leadership

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If you’re struggling in life, get this book!

Do you believe in divine timing? I do. After reading Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis in 2018 I decided to quit drinking for a year. I did it because of the chapter on personal integrity. This book, Get Out of Your Own Way comes into my life at the perfect time again. I’m in my own way. I’m prioritizing unimportant crap. Thank you, Dave for putting it all out there. It’s like a gentle kick in the ass to do what I know I need to do and to stop doing the crap that’s holding me back.

I’d recommend this book to anyone struggling in life. It’s a reminder that you have the power to get out of your own way! Buy the book, you won’t regret it!

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This book is for everyone even my 81 year old dad is reading it!

I am fortunate enough to have received an advanced reader copy of Get Out Of Your Own Way from the publisher after being apart of Girl Stop Apologizing Launch Team, and I have preordered on Audible as well I am reading the first half of the book, it’s an easy read and even though it’s written from a male perspective, personal development is for everyone and all genders can identify with Dave’s story, since I’ve started reading the book, I have decided to sign up for an upcoming Emotion Focused Family Therapy series of workshops, excited to see where this leads because I need change! Everyday I am taking baby steps to getting out of my own way!

#harpercollinsambassador #gooyow #getoutofyourownway

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I absolutely loved this book! So awesome to hear things from a man's perspective. Very insightful and inspiring. Thanks Dave, keep those books coming!!

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AMAZING BOOK!!

This book is seriously SO good! I loved everything about it!! Another awesome read is Rachel Hollis (his wife) she has awesome books as well. These two create the most incredible content and its so relatable!

WAY TO GO DAVE!!

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  • JDe
  • 2020-05-09

I really wanted to like this..

I feel the author piggybacked way too much on the success of his wife and her books. I would’ve loved to read something a little more original. The book is even structured the same and talks about Rachel’s success non stop. So much content overlaps with her books too. It was nice to hear things from his perspective but I had difficulty finishing it. As someone who has read a lot of self development, the suggestions given were so obvious to me so I didn’t take away much from reading it. It wasn’t for me- and that’s okay. I think Dave shows a lot of promise as an author, digging into vulnerability. I look forward to seeing his future books as he grows and develops

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It feels contrived

I want to love it. I don't. It feels like a product designed to sell books and product rather than a story worth remembering. Hard to say exactly why... but the there is a lack of genuineness to it which is hard to digest.

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Practical steps to get out of your own way!

Really enjoyed this book. Dave was very real and vulnerable telling stories and examples about his own life. Very relatable.

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Good quick read with some good advice

I found the author (the narrator) a little robotic in his reading. If he'd slowed down just a little I probably would have liked it a lot more. The content was excellent. A good reminder of what's important in the world and a good kick in the bum to just "get out of your own way" I would recommend anyone who procrastinates or has issues about starting a project or finishing one, read this book!

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You need to read this!

This book was so incredible, and I highly recommend! The chapter on balance is so insightful, and so needed. Dave is vulnerable and real! Loved it!

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Most definitely would recommend this book!
I purchased this book right before the quarantine and was exactly what I needed. I loved the vulnerability to be so truthful in all avenues. You could truly connect with the author and understand the complete dialogue and the rationale behind the decisions and thoughts. I look forward to the next one!!! @mrdavehollis

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  • Ms. D
  • 2020-03-16

Dont Waste Your Time

Boring story about a guy who has always been successful at everything and yet is complaining about how miserable he is. Nothing new here, has all been said before only better. I exchanged this for a better book.

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  • Meview
  • 2020-03-11

Get out of your own way and start listening!

***TLDR: Get 👏 this 👏 book 👏, just do it. Trust me. (See below for long babbling review about how much I loved this book + other book recommendations) ***

I had pretty high hopes for this audiobook, but they were surpassed. I’m pleasantly surprised by how powerful this book is yet In subtle and not so subtle ways. It’s raw and real and I couldn’t stop listening. The performance by Dave Hollis was enjoyable as well, authors don't always do well reading their books but this one was great to listen to.

Dave talks about his struggles, hardships, successes and what he’s learned. I enjoyed the no-nonsense, get-it-together approach that really whips you Into shape, yet has a kind and understanding undertone. His stories are so relatable, even though he's gone through vastly different things in his life than I have. It’s especially great coming from someone who seems so successful, hearing about his low times when from the outside it looked like he had it all, and how hard he worked to get where he's at today. I appreciate his honesty about things he has to overcome every day to keep growing, learning, and becoming a better version of himself.

Change your life, you can do it! Hearing about how others continue to grow and how it’s not easy is something we need to hear. After listening to this book it has inspired me to challenge myself in ways I didn't think I'd even want to change, for the better.

This book is for everyone, not people of a specific gender, race, sexual orientation, or belief, but EVERYONE.

I didn’t think I could have more respect for Rachel Hollis, but after hearing about her in this book… but I definitely do. (Sorry Dave I realize this is your book and not your wife’s, but she is a powerful human)

***Not so quick note about Rachel Hollis (aka My Oprah)***:

If you haven’t yet, go read or listen to “Girl Wash Your Face” and “Girl, Stop Apologizing”. These books changed my life, I realize people say that all the time, but they really did. Before fully consuming them on audible I was obese and never moved my body, never drank water, and was severely unhappy... cut to after listening to Rachel's story I ran over 1,000 miles in a matter of months, I now drink tons of water, and have so many things in my life that I'm grateful for. THAT is how inspiring Rachel Hollis is. No, it didn’t physically make me get up and run, but it made me realize that I have the power to change my life in big ways, in ways I never dreamed, it will be hard but I can do it and you can too! Seriously do yourself a favor and pick up her books after you listen to this one.

Gratefully,
Former Skeptic

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  • Heather
  • 2020-03-10

A Self Help Book from Someone who was a Non-Believer

If you’ve read all the books and are still searching when it comes to personal development this is the book YOU need to read. Get Out Of Your Own Way by Dave Hollis is the first time I felt like I wasn’t reading a personal growth book written by a cheerleader who had always been reaching for more but instead someone who has broken away from his fixed mindset to endless possibilities. This book evaluates a series of obstacles that ultimately he was at the root at and in turn teaches the reader the power of not using these excuses as reasons to be stuck. So many things ARE in our control yet we often don’t see it that way, Dave Hollis leads his reader to understand this. If someone could only read part of this book I would highly recommend Chapter 8 and the Conclusion. In Chapter 8 “Failure Means You’re Weak” we see Dave’s journey with a growth mindset. My favorite quote “the way you think may be leading you, rather than you leading the way you think” reminds us how powerful our thoughts truly are. In the conclusion of the book Dave sets out five areas in ones life that he believes will help you preserve a better life. Ultimately read this book and use one man’s story of growth to help yourself GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY!

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  • Traci
  • 2020-03-10

Marvelous Reminders

I had the privilege of reading with an Advanced Reader Copy from HarperCollins Leadership Launch Team was “Get Out of Your Own Way” by Dave Hollis AND received my audible version this morning! I stumbled or tripped into the world of personal growth in the fall of 2018 by reading a facebook post from a friend that recommended “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis. Since then, I have been on a daily journey to leap off the hamster wheel, practice daily health and wellness to feel better about myself and establish a path of growth in everything that I do. Fast forward to the present and Rachel’s husband is about to release a book (March 10, 2020) that shares his own limiting beliefs and story on his journey of personal growth. I have followed HollisCo for over a year and attended their women’s conference, Rise in Minneapolis which was a memorable weekend. While I have heard bits and pieces of Dave’s story, it was fantastic to be able to read the stories and gain greater understanding of his “why” on his journey. The book offers suggestions on how to tackle your own issues and applies to men and women. Rachel resonated with me, but so does Dave in a different way. “Get Out of Your Own Way” will challenge you to think about your own journey, but it is up to you to do the work. Let’s GO! #getoutofyourownway #gooyow #harpercollinsambassador

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  • Erica Johns
  • 2020-03-10

If you are not the traditional self motivated

If you are not the traditional self motivated reach for self improvement books then this is your book.

This book was written for those that do not have a traditional mindset when it comes to the topic of growth mindset but a skeptical mindset. Believing lies that do not serve them and hinder them from reaching their full potential.

And it is full of the reasons why those mindsets and beliefs do not serve us even if we feel like they do.

It is a must read for anyone who believes or has wanted in any small or large format that they can change their skeptical mindset and reach for more.

Let’s gooo Dave Hollis congratulations on a fantastic book and thank you for sharing it with the world!!

I received an advanced readers copy from the publisher but these words and thoughts are all my own.

Thank you Harper Collins. #harpercollinsambassador

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  • Haylie Mulliniks
  • 2020-03-15

Just what I needed....

Dave - Great Job! Thanks for being honest, open and unapologetic about what you experienced and how to beat navigate through life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-03-14

Best Book I’ve ever read

This book has given me so many thoughts and ideas and ambitions and has created a dream for me to be able to accomplish bigger and better in my life. As someone who was not always believed in the self development industry, I have become a practitioner and a believer because of this book. Thank you, Dave. You’re an inspiration to me.

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  • Shannon
  • 2020-03-10

Let's GOOOO ... Read This Book!

Dave Hollis is authentic and venerable with opportunities for "I can relate" laughs sprinkled throughout. The introduction—Is Self-Help for Broken People?—quickly breaks down the stigmatism around personal development and the benefits of therapy. Dave shares stories that most men would feel too much shame in sharing with others and he delivers them in a way that it doesn't matter if you're male or female, they are relatable. As a woman, this book has helped me to better understand how my husband and other men in my life may feel about similar situations. This book is on fire and truly inspirational.

Note: I received an advance reader's copy from HarperCollins Leadership. Everything shared in this review are my own thoughts. However, I purchased an audiobook copy as well to hear Dave read his own words (he does a great job narrating).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-04-28

How fast can we get this into everyone's hands??

Fantastic! I really love how this is not only the skeptic's guide to personal development but it also helps some of us not so newbies think of things that we never thought of. Or more importantly to me, it's how others may see us and what they're actually thinking versus what we're hearing. I can't wait to make my boyfriend read this 😁. Thank you, Dave!

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  • A Happy Customer
  • 2020-03-10

Loved it!!

Fantastic debut novel for Dave Hollis. It is written in the same format as Rachel's book, Girl Wash Your Face, in that he debunks the lies he believed about himself. He was extremely successful in his career, but unfulfilled. He shares his personal journey to getting out of his own way and living his best life! I really enjoyed hearing things from Dave's point of view. If you are a Hollis fan, grab a copy, you won't be disappointed.

Thank you Harper Collins and NetGalley for this ARC. #harpercollinsambasador

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