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High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way (2017)

by Brendon Burchard

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"THESE HABITS WILL MAKE YOU EXTRAORDINARY. Twenty years ago, author Brendon Burchard became obsessed with answering three questions: 1. Why do some individuals and teams succeed more quickly than others and sustain that success over the long term? 2. Of those who pull it off, why are some miserable and others consistently happy on their journey? 3. What motivates people to reach for higher levels of success in the first place, and what practices help them improve the most? After extensive original research and a decade as the world's leading high performance coach, Burchard found the answers. It turns out that just six deliberate habits give you the edge. Anyone can practice these habits and, when they do, extraordinary things happen in their lives, relationships, and careers. 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 cultivate and practice these proven habits. 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 faster. Each of the six habits is illustrated by powerful vignettes, cutting-edge science, thought-provoking exercises, and real-world daily practices you can implement right now. If you've ever wanted a science-backed, heart-centered plan to living a better quality of life, it's in your hands. Best of all, you can measure your progress. A link to a free professional assessment is included in the book"--… (more)
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This book focuses on the six habits you need to develop to become and STAY a high performer. While the book is geared towards executives, the advice is applicable to anyone. The habits (HP6) are: seek clarity, generate energy, raise necessity, increase productivity, develop influence and demonstrate courage. Burchard breaks each of these down further and gives solid definitions and examples. The book is filled with writing prompts and introspective questions so you can decide how your own performance is showing up. Most important, he includes insight as to the common causes of failure among high performing executives.

A few key points for me:
- Excellence is not an act but a habit (Aristotle)
- High performers are confident in their purpose but most question if their approach is the best one
- You need to identify your prolific quality outputs and devote the majority of your time in delivering on them

One final note. While there is a ton of great information in the book, you really need to get the separate High Performance Planner to immediately put what you learn into action. ( )
  pmtracy | Dec 17, 2019 |
A practical guide to success! ( )
  Luis_Galvez | Oct 21, 2019 |
I believe the author is unreservedly sharing his knowledge but he is quite long winded.

The habits in the book are not actually habits but more on mindset, influence and action. The author probably tries hard to break away from the usual self help advises by going the extra mile by saying even more and making this book better than average. Unfortunately, the book lacks compelling examples and stories to really help the readers remember much about it many years from now.

The book lacks cliche such as "think win-win" or "Sharpening the saw" so it won't be that memorable for many but it does have some golden nuggets of wisdom. ( )
  Wendy_Wang | Sep 28, 2019 |
I believe the author is unreservedly sharing his knowledge but he is quite long winded.

The habits in the book are not actually habits but more on mindset, influence and action. The author probably tries hard to break away from the usual self help advises by going the extra mile by saying even more and making this book better than average. Unfortunately, the book lacks compelling examples and stories to really help the readers remember much about it many years from now.

The book lacks cliche such as "think win-win" or "Sharpening the saw" so it won't be that memorable for many but it does have some golden nuggets of wisdom. ( )
  Jason.Ong.Wicky | Oct 9, 2018 |
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"THESE HABITS WILL MAKE YOU EXTRAORDINARY. Twenty years ago, author Brendon Burchard became obsessed with answering three questions: 1. Why do some individuals and teams succeed more quickly than others and sustain that success over the long term? 2. Of those who pull it off, why are some miserable and others consistently happy on their journey? 3. What motivates people to reach for higher levels of success in the first place, and what practices help them improve the most? After extensive original research and a decade as the world's leading high performance coach, Burchard found the answers. It turns out that just six deliberate habits give you the edge. Anyone can practice these habits and, when they do, extraordinary things happen in their lives, relationships, and careers. 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 cultivate and practice these proven habits. 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 faster. Each of the six habits is illustrated by powerful vignettes, cutting-edge science, thought-provoking exercises, and real-world daily practices you can implement right now. If you've ever wanted a science-backed, heart-centered plan to living a better quality of life, it's in your hands. Best of all, you can measure your progress. A link to a free professional assessment is included in the book"--

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