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Peak Performance

Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success
Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
Categories: Business & Money, Careers
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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2018 Audie Award for Best Business/Personal Development Audiobook

"A transfixing book on how to sustain peak performance and avoid burnout" ― Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Option B, Originals, and Give and Take

"An essential playbook for success, happiness, and getting the most out of ourselves." ― Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive and The Sleep Revolution

"I doubt anyone can read Peak Performance without itching to apply something to their own lives." ― David Epstein, New York Times bestselling author of The Sports Gene

A few common principles drive performance, regardless of the field or the task at hand. Whether someone is trying to qualify for the Olympics, break ground in mathematical theory or craft an artistic masterpiece, many of the practices that lead to great success are the same. In Peak Performance, Brad Stulberg, a former McKinsey and Company consultant and journalist who covers health and the science of human performance, and Steve Magness, a performance scientist and coach of Olympic athletes, team up to demystify these practices and demonstrate how everyone can achieve their best. 

The first book of its kind, Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities - from athletic, to intellectual, to artistic - with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains. In doing so, Peak Performance uncovers new linkages that hold promise as performance enhancers but have been overlooked in our traditionally-siloed ways of thinking. The result is a life-changing book in which listeners will learn how to enhance their performance via myriad ways including: optimally alternating between periods of intense work and rest; developing and harnessing the power of a self-transcending purpose; and priming the body and mind for enhanced productivity. 

In revealing the science of great performance and the stories of great performers across a wide range of capabilities, Peak Performance uncovers the secrets of success, and coaches listeners on how to use them. If you want to take your game to the next level, whatever "your game" may be, Peak Performance will teach you how. 

©2016 Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., under license from Rodale Inc. All rights reserved.

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Great book!

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to excel in what they do! Well written and narrated! I will be applying the tips to my personal and professional life! #Audible1

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Book is about balance, NOT peak performance

This book is titled peak performance but spends all of its time talking about burn out and stress, NOT peak performance.

Authors do not have skin in the game. So it's just observational insights and a mashup of old research.

People reading this book will become more balanced. Not better at peak performance.

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Unexpectedly brilliant

Easy to listen to. Lots of good little stories that accompanied the explanations. Practical information.

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Elevate Your Achievement

Very practical tips of performance based on research
Provides a summary after each chapter
Good length and not overly wordy
Can use this info and apply it immediately
Would recommend to high achievers and anyone who wants to improve in life

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Really enjoyed

Practical, backed by science, very enjoyable. I took allot out of this book, I regularly practice jiu jitsu, and yoga, as well as run regularly in competition. This is an asset to anyone looking to optimize their performance in sports, business, Art, or just life.

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Excellent usable information!

Very well narrated and broken down into manageable chunks. One of my top rated business books I've read in the list 5 years. A must add to your library if you're serious about personal growth.

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great content, boring voice

content is great but the voice is so boring lol
would suggest maybe just the paper copy

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Brilliant Book

Short and sweet. Very good read for up and comers in this new generation who want to make it.

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Very Rewarding

I listened to this books chapters at least a couple of times to see what
Parts I could use in my ever so challenging life.
I would strongly recommend this book use in all aspects of life.

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No new content

If you are into the psychology of productivity and performance you will not find anything new in this book. All of the studies referenced and other books mentioned in anecdotes are well known. Might be a good intro if it’s your first five into self help books.

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  • Luke
  • 2018-06-09

Good, but

Take breaks
Sleep enough
Meditate
Exercise

There, I saved you an Audible credit.

Although the part about mission is good, it's a short portion of the book.

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  • Jim Capps
  • 2017-09-02

Everything in this book is valuable

As someone who is becoming disillusioned with most things self-help, I was pleasantly blown away here. This book offers to the point, scientifically backed insight into getting the most out of yourself and contribute to society in a healthy way. Very good narration does the material justice. Totally worth a credit.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-04-26

Ok but not ground breaking

What did you take away from Peak Performance that you can apply to your work?

This provided some simple, usable suggestions on how to avoid getting burnt out.

Any additional comments?

Although this book gave examples of 'peak performance' from both a physical/sports aspect and a work/profession, I found it to be very myopic in that it did not provide any insight on how to handle real world stressors and work-life balance.

The book spoke to opportunities for achievement as 'stressors' and did not touch on how important it is to be able to have a fulfilling work life AND personal life. A lot of the 'peak performer' examples given this book are of people who literally secluded themselves from family and friends to ensure their success. Those people seem to have the luxury of doing such a thing while most people do not.

The book did not give examples of what these peak performers did when their ass was on the line at work and then something horrible happened at home, or vice versa, and they are still *required* to perform in both areas. Those are the real life 'stressors' I was hoping to gain some insight on and not whether I should consider only having one set of clothes in my closet to avoid decision fatigue. How about the big decisions like either I take off work to take my child to the doctor, or I risk losing a project, or getting fired, because it may be given to someone who leadership believes to be more committed to their job?

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  • Jeff V.
  • 2017-08-25

Took Stephen Covey's 7 Habits to the next level

I really enjoyed this book! It took Stephen Covey's 7 Habits to the next level by helping you simplify your mission statement and put it into action through suggestions and good examples. I especially liked the suggestion to make your goals and life purposes focused on serving others. There were many other pearls as well. Enjoy the read and thank you Marty Vaughn for recommending it!

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  • Greg Fisher
  • 2017-06-10

Brilliant

If you could sum up Peak Performance in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, action-orientated, powerful

What did you like best about this story?

The combination of great research, lively story telling, useful examples and practical application.

What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Clear and easy to follow with great pace.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES

Any additional comments?

Anyone who whats to be more effective in sports, business or life should read this book. It is the best book I have listened to in 2016 (along with Stretch)

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  • Nadine Fish
  • 2018-01-18

Needs a PDF

Brings all my favorite books into one resource without the fluff and stats. Good book!

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  • DaTval
  • 2017-08-04

Best among sea of similar books

Easy to listen and provided advices are realistic to implement on daily basis. Have listened multiple such books and this is the best so far.

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  • windsurfnerd
  • 2017-06-16

pulling performance ideas from many sources

I listened to the audio book, which I enjoyed. the authors did a great job of pulling performance-enhancing concepts from many disciplines and weaving then together well...the effect was to show different dimensions of an idea (e.g., how rest affects performance). this format could have been disorienting but was well-executed.

I particularly liked the summaries at the end of each chapter and the book itself; these helped to reinforce the practical steps to peak performance and kept the book from being an abstract thought-piece

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  • Zach Slade
  • 2017-11-11

Really Enjoyed It!

Was originally a bit skeptical just by the title and some of the claims. However, I was very pleasantly surprised by this book!

If you are someone who is motivated and enjoys fully committing to an objective, but gets overwhelmed or burnt out this book is for you! They add clarity to the (stress + rest = growth) formula in a way I haven't heard before. They really hammer home this concept and, after reading this book, righteously so.

Love how they also incorporate the most recent science behind the psychology of performance and how to train your brain to think in a way that supports it. Well done!

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  • Eyal
  • 2017-06-15

Nothing new

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book is an overview of others' research. If you're familiar with the likes of Kelly McGonigal, Anders Ericsson, Carol Dweck, Angela Duckworth, Benedict Carey, Thomas M. Sterner etc. then you will be disappointed. If you're not familiar with them then this is an OK summary of some of their popular ideas although I would recommend reading the original works of the above researchers/writers.

Has Peak Performance turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. But I would research who the author is more diligently.

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