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High Performance Habits

How Extraordinary People Become That Way
Written by: Brendon Burchard
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Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
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These six habits will make you extraordinary.

After extensive original research and a decade as the world's highest-paid performance coach, Brendon Burchard finally reveals the most effective habits for reaching long-term success. Based on one of the largest surveys ever conducted on high performers, it turns out that just six habits move the needle the most in helping you succeed. Adopt these six habits and you win. Neglect them and life is a never-ending struggle.

We all want to be high performing in every area of our lives. But how? Which habits can help you achieve long-term success and vibrant well-being no matter your age, career, strengths, or personality? To become a high performer, you must seek clarity, generate energy, raise necessity, increase productivity, develop influence, and demonstrate courage. This book is about the art and science of how to practice these proven habits.

If you do adopt any new habits to succeed faster, choose the habits in this book. Anyone can practice these habits, and when they do, extraordinary things happen in their lives, relationships, and careers.

Whether you want to get more done, lead others better, develop skill faster, or dramatically increase your sense of joy and confidence, the habits in this book will help you achieve it. Each of the six habits is illustrated by cutting-edge science, thought-provoking exercises, and real-world daily practices you can implement right now.

High Performance Habits is a science-backed, heart-centered plan to living a better quality of life. Best of all, you can measure your progress.

©2017 Hay House (P)2017 Hay House

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Disappointed

I recently listened to the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and thought that this book, High Performance Habits, would be nice to listen to next. The former was much more insightful and valuable. The author of this book, who also narrated the book, came off as arrogant even though he wasn't trying to. It was like listening to hours and hours of bragging about all the rich and famous people he's met and talked to, and the millions of "students" (apparently every view count of his online videos counts as a student too) he's coached. I also simply don't like the subjective, self-reported nature of the "High Performance Indicator" he bases so many of his teachings on. If authors of other books on similar topics can come across in a much less arrogant way, there has got to be a better way that Brendon could have presented his information.

From the very beginning of the audiobook, I didn't like the author's narration. He took, unnatural pauses, like this. It was, hard, to listen to. It didn't feel comfortable listening to it.

As many have said, the author makes sales pitches again and again throughout the book. Rather than providing PDF documents with the audiobook, readers are asked to get resources from his website (the URL of which he mentions every few minutes, it feels). He urges readers to take the High Performance Indicator test on his website, and then bombards them day after day with emails to buy this, buy that, get this for free, take advantage of this limited time offer, etc. I unsubscribed to the emails after a couple days. It was really annoying and counter-effective. Let readers take their time to decide if/when they want to buy your products.

I am disappointed that this audiobook was not what I had hoped for.

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pretty good but expect a few sales pitches.

It starts out slow but picks up after an hour or so. Brendon is a pretty good speaker so his performance was great and engaging. He is a personal trainer so don't be surprised to hear him selling you on his classes and such. enjoy 😀

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A gem of a book!

Brendon has created a gem in his "High Performance Habits" book. so easy and pleasant to read and I've also listened to the Audible audio version #Audilble1 and its a joy to listen to Brendan's voice narrate his book personally. My hardcover book is full of highlights, dog eared pages, notes in margins and captured many lessons to which I've immediately put into practice. This is a book I'll want to reread and listen to again several times.

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plenty of content

enjoyed it but don't play unless you can really listen! thanks to Branden!! enjoyed it

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Aha Moment after Aha Moment!

Many answers in this book that I've been looking for and I'm sure if I listen again there will be more!

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Excellent resource!

This was a very worthwhile purchase. I had been stopping to the practices which I've found revealing. Then decided just listen and enjoy it and go back and work through it this week. A great book before setting New Year Resolutions. Thanks for a practical map.

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Incredible book!

This book has so many everyday tools for step by step your happy life achievement.

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Probably the best audio book on building effective habits

Brendon’s performance is awesome. He has so much passion and it shows. His voice is dynamic and engaging as he shares his stories and concepts. If you are looking to up your game, whatever your game may be, this book will help you improve yourself and achieve more in life.

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amazing

I feel I should dip this book in an highliner juice. everything is noteworthy. thank you brandon. I cant wait to see whats next for you

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very good

i highly recommend this book. great speaker, he is inspirational. I will definitely listen it again

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  • Chris
  • 2017-11-12

One Long Marketing Pitch

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The first hour-plus will loop around the premise of why high performance habits are key to your success followed by Mr. Burchard's case for why he's the trainer to show you how only to be followed by another exhortation of why high performance habits are key. If that sentence drove you a bit batty, imagine having to listen to one elongated intro that extends nearly two chapters. You'll get to Chapter 3, roughly 15:12, before he names the habits that comprise the set.

What might frustrate you: You're advised to take the free performance assessment. Once you run through the questionnaire, you'll be inundated with marketing emails, some of which do not include a link to unsubscribe. (Borderline violation of CAN-SPAM.) The book seems set up to accompany the questionnaire and so you find yourself in this multi-layered ad campaign for his training advisement.

(One irony: He makes a point of how one client wrote to him about how conventional assessments like Myers-Brigg and personal attributes (e.g. gender and race) don't really tell the whole story of personal potential. And yet, on the questionnaire, you'll be asked questions about your race, gender, and marital status.)

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He has a pretty good reading voice. Unfortunately, he over-performs at times, by effecting the cadence and pitch of certain clients, as with the case of Kate, a female executive (and yet not for John, a male executive). This can across a bit off-putting.

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  • Keith R
  • San Marcos, CA
  • 2017-11-19

Some good things but lots of fluff

Some good examples but lots of fluff! Lots of stories and examples that just waste time....blah. Just find the summarized book.

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  • John
  • Salt Lake City, UT, United States
  • 2018-07-20

Skip the First 3 Chapters

If you're even going to attempt to get through this book, skip the first 3 chapters entirely - and then be prepared to skip through big pieces and parts throughout.

The content you want and need is in there, and he has some great insights - but they are hidden between mountains of useless and repetitive information.

Brandon hasn't quite realized yet that unless you're writing an autobiography, the book is not about you. He spends the first three chapters just telling you how marvelous he is and how many people he's worked with and how many bajillion people watch his videos and subscribe to his stuff. He also spends tons of time talking about these "high performers" they've researched and talked to, and gives you a bunch of statistics about them and how great they are. Eventually you start thinking, "Isn't this book supposed to be for me?"

As previously mentioned, there are some great parts with exceptional insights - and I kept wishing for the "Cliff Notes" to download so I could get through the incredible amount of "fluff" (as other reviewers have mentioned). Brandon doesn't seem to have developed a way to bring variety to the way he presents information and concepts. Throughout the book, the structure is the same, with the introduction of an idea, telling you how high performers do it, a few fluff stories, a whole bunch of "me, me, me" stories and examples, and a couple of bullet lists of thoughts or ideas which you could have found on a blog anywhere else.

Brandon, if you or any of your staff read this... keep in mind that people want meat and potatoes (unless they're vegetarians). Don't talk about how great meat and potatoes are, don't talk about how you and other people have meat and potatoes and others don't, don't talk about the statistics of meat and potato eaters compared to non-meat and potato eaters - and especially don't talk endlessly about how you eat your meat and potatoes and how many athletes, celebrities, CEO's and others have eaten meat and potatoes with you.

Talk to the reader, identify with us. Talk to the people that have had meat and potatoes in the past but no longer do, and exactly how they can have them again. Talk to the people that desperately dream of meat and potatoes, and give them the exact plan and the motivation to do that.

There is a bad, bad trend happening in the self-help book world which I am finding simply because of the amount of books I like to read and listen to. That trend is the authors thinking that if they impress us with how great they are, and tell us over and over again how they think and how they do things and how they are successful - without connecting the dots to the listener - that somehow we'll like the book because we the paupers and they are the kings. (Noone wants to disagree with the King, right?)

In the end, the listener doesn't care about you... we care about us. When you align your content and book to focus more on us and less on you - you'll find even greater success than you're currently bragging about.

Brandon, do yourself a favor and listen to or read anything by Brené Brown - sure, we get to know about her - but in a true and authentic way. Brené doesn't talk to her readers from a perspective of "I am here and you are there," which Brandon does FAR too much... she talks to her readers from a perspective of "I'm you, and you're me, and we're right here together."

I really admire Brandon and consider him a mentor from the standpoint of wanting to do and accomplish many of the things he has done. Again, I REALLY DO like the content and I think it's useful, so you'll still get a lot out of the book. But he could deliver the content in a much, much better way and build a true connection with his audience.

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  • Michael Kim
  • California, USA
  • 2017-11-08

Yikes. Wayyyyyyy too much useless fluff.

I couldn't listen to one more word from this book. The first hour or two consists of him just talking about all the research he did for this, and how we might hypothetically be feeling right now. The actual habits are okay, I guess, but this book should have been less than one hour long.

GET TO THE POINT. That's definitely not one of this guy's habits.

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  • Lester
  • 2017-10-31

Fan of Brendon but DAMN DRAGGY. Don't recommend.

Not good. Draggy and dry. I am pretty disappointed as I am a fan of Brendon

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  • Byron
  • 2018-02-05

Misleading. Author grabbing for your money.

My experience with this book was so unsatisfactory I had to write a review. 7 chapters into into the book and no realistic progression into ways of personal growth. Book was compromised of statements without explaination and a continuous infomercial about taking an online assessment which leads one to pay for courses for self-improvement. The author has a realistic agenda which is grabbing for more of your money and not caring about whether the audience is learning and growing. Do not purchase this book.

Beware of the fake reviews on this book giving 5 stars.

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  • Pete
  • 2017-11-26

great audio

great audio book, learned a lot. I highly highly recommend. forced to hear a 2nd time to fully grasp everything

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  • Nicole
  • Stafford, Va
  • 2017-12-21

Excellent

I read or listen to an enormous amount of self-help, motivational, performance type books and lately I have been underwhelmed with the contact. I am an avid Tony Robbins fan and have listened to almost all of his audio books over the last 15 years so when I got audible and I sought out some new content I have been pretty disappointed as it rehashes what I've already learned. While I understand repetition is the mother of skill, I was still looking for more. Well this book does rehash some of Tony Robbins principles, what I enjoyed most was the practical to-dos at the end of each chapter. When I go through a book like this I'm really looking for tangible advice that I can put into practice at the end of each chapter in this book definitely delivers on that. It does reiterate principles I've learned from other authors but it gives a fresh perspective on them which I find helpful. Overall I would highly recommend this book is a way to restructure your outlook and daily activities in order to optimize performance. Adopt one stars I found the narration just a tad annoying… Had an unusual tempo to it. Still, it was not totally distracting from the content and I intend to listen to this book again.

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  • Kate Pieper, MA LMFT
  • 2017-11-14

Ah-mazing for book for life

This is my first introduction to Brendon Burchard's work. I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with this research and the easy way Mr. Burchard applies it to life. His story telling makes the material even more relatable. I believe this is a book all entrepreneurs should have!

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  • Matt Finch
  • 2017-10-15

New league

This is in a league all its own. I spent the last three days listening to Brendon read his manuscript, and his soothing voice and wisdom helped me get through some hard days just after quitting an antidepressant medicine. I was an achiever that hit a plateau and slump, but after listening to High Performance Habits, I now have the keys to taking my personal and professional lives to ANY LEVEL NO MATTER HOW HIGH.

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