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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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Extremely uninspired

Struggled to finish this empty fluff of a book. Very self-congratulating and overly drawn out.

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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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No principles

Skip this one and go for Atomic Habits. Very,
very disappointed with this shallow book.

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Too long introduction

I am an hour and half into this 10 hour audio book and the author keeps introducing how good the book is and all the greatness coming out of the book. Not sure how long I can keep this going. The entire 1 hour and 30 min can be summarized into 5 min. Total waste of time.
I give the benefit of doubt and will go for another 30 min. Not happy so far.

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Selfish

If you want to hear a sales pitch for 10 hours buy this book.. Bad

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Amazing book

I loved the book, gives you great strategies to improve your life considerably, Of course only if you want to.

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  • John
  • 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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  • Chris
  • 2017-11-12

One Long Marketing Pitch

On content:
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
  • 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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  • Michael Kim
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Constantin
  • 2018-08-05

DON‘T BUY! IT‘S A MARKETING TRAP!

I really like to read non-fiction book and care about ‚high performance’ so I thought I‘d give it a shot. I wish I would have read the reviews properly in advance! The whole book only serves one single purpose: to promote the author and get you on his website to buy more paid content and sign up for newsletters. He wastes chapter after chapter after chapter with fluff and constantly brags about himself without getting to any point and has very - very little original information that isn‘t in one of the all-time classics of the genre.
Completely annoying voice to top it of.
Stop wasting readers‘ time!
Readers: DO NOT BUY IT! WASTE OF TIME!

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  • John
  • 2018-02-20

Self-promotion marketing ploy.

I bought this based on the rave reviews, but I have a theory about that. More to come shortly.

First, right off the bat this book rambles endlessly. And it doesn't simply sidestep and dance around the topic, needlessly dragging it out; its author takes the first three chapters of the book to essentially brag about himself and plug his website, encouraging the reader to sign up for a personality test that supposedly goes hand in hand with the book content. This website personality test is mentioned - I kid you not - in almost every chapter, sometimes more than once. It became very irritating very quickly.

Why did it feel particularly egregious for the author to plug his website so much? Because early on, while bragging about his successes in life, he mentions the fact that he was able to earn hundreds of thousands of dollars by being one of the first adopters of email opt-in marketing. He shows his hand at this moment, without seeming to realize it.

This is not just a book - it is a repackaged version of the 7 Habits primed to send readers to visit his website and opt in to glorified junk mail.

And here's where I circle back to the reviews. Many of these entrepreneurial email marketing salesmen will encourage those in their email chains to flood sites like Amazon and highly rate their books. I am not accusing the author of this book of having done so, but I personally find some of the reviews suspect and I have seen a recent trend of more one and two star reviews expressing similar complaints about the quality of the book and its questionable marketing tactics.

One final note on the audiobook: the author should not narrate future titles. He enunciates words in a very odd and unnerving manner, disrupting the natural flow and cadence, almost as if he pauses for a split second on certain parts of his sentences before jumping back in and sprinting to the finish line. Once I was about five hours in, between the annoying self promotion and sleazy marketing tactics and the irritating narration, I just couldn't take it any longer.

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  • Tushar
  • 2017-11-20

very good book. a lot of useful information.

what I lived about this book was that the advice was very practical and could be applied right way unlike many other books in this genre. It felt like I was taking a course on high performance. I loved that even in audiobook format I got the same sense if structure that you get in an actual physical books. I can recall the different sections and actually listen to this again like I would re read a book. I got real real strategies for real poeple. It went in depth and author provides resources (like worksheets etc) to be able to apply the strategies right away.

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  • Colin Thain
  • 2017-11-21

Very usefull information:)

Thank you for this book I enjoyed it:)
The first hour feels slow but then goes straight to details after so stick with it.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful