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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
4.5 out of 5 stars (97 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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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Waste of time and money

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

In order to achieve high performance in a clever way, you should get enough sleep, stay away from noisy urban areas and do some meditation or have walk, preferably in nature. Ah, and remember to have regular breaks.

If you've never ever heard of any of these tips, then this book is for you. Otherwise, just don't bother with this audiobook.

What will your next listen be?

Ancient Greek philosophers already had the body and mind balance figured out so I think I'll go for that.

What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

Actually, the performance was the only reason I tried several times to continue with this audiobook. I really enjoyed his pace, tone of his voice and intonation. I really had an impression that he understands what he is reading. Hence the top note for the performance.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Peak Performance?

The whole book is just nonsense. Don't expect to learn anything from it. I mean, you really want to make money on giving advise like "Don't use drug stimulants, better turn to meditation"?

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Captivating (Will return to this book) Great read

I really found this book interesting. It is definitely a golden book among the sea of self help books. I have hit quite a lot of duds over the last 2 years. But this one really stands out and makes you feel great. It covers the topics in the book in a very interesting manner. It is structured well and hits a lot of points in my opinion perfectly.

The last chapter is a summary of all the points covered over the entirely of the book. Incredibly helpful for those who don't take notes and just want a refresher as it includes a step by step plan. The book wasn't patronizing or clearly obvious, it presented the information in an interesting way. It also seemed to not waffle on, each chapter was well thought out and curated.

Overall, I would return to this book again to listen. The author and reader were quite captivating and lovely to listen/hear from.

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Very insightful and a great listen.

Very insightful and a great listen. The presenter's voice is easy to listen to and the content eye-opening.

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lots of tool to help you in any situation

very practical in every aspect of work , life, whether work, social or anything requiring output/ performance or positive change. highly recommend it!

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A++++

Top shelf content compiled in a very immersive way.
Information found in the book can be applied and used by anyone in any field.

Thanks Brad & Steve for taking the time.

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Great audio book.

A great listen !!!! The narrator is easy to listen to and is engaging. Highly recommended.

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excellent and practical

filled with real world stories and examples. throughly worth a read or listen. very enjoyable

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  • Pk
  • 11-09-2017

Good ideas but quite verbose.

Really good book with plenty of good suggestions for improving performance quality and avoiding overworkbut there is a tendency to labour points.

Worth a listen once but I'll probably only revisit with a summariser or the last few chapters.

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Awesome book !

Great book, it gives real tips on how to be more productive and the importance of having a purpose in life. Well structured, information is always supported with scientific analysis. Awesomeness is awaiting you !

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Great teaching to improve your performance in life

What did you like most about Peak Performance?

Topic brought in a daily practice.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Peak Performance?

Finding out that some of structure mentioned in the book, I already had implemented in my life confirming that I'm doing important steps.

Which character – as performed by Christopher Lane – was your favourite?

Brad

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

yeah but the same time, I didn't want to finish it to keep listening as part of my routine.

Any additional comments?

I have recommended this book to IT engineers, friends and speaking lot of things that I've learned with this book. Thank you for all effort that the author and mentor put in this book.

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  • Luke
  • 09-06-2018

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
  • 02-09-2017

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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  • Jeff V.
  • 25-08-2017

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-04-2018

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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  • DaTval
  • 04-08-2017

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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  • Greg Fisher
  • 10-06-2017

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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  • windsurfnerd
  • 16-06-2017

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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  • Eyal
  • 15-06-2017

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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  • Nadine Fish
  • 18-01-2018

Needs a PDF

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

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  • Zach Slade
  • 11-11-2017

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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  • David
  • 09-08-2017

Great.

I really enjoyed this book as it seemed to pull together information taken from other audio books I have already listened to, such as Peak by Anders Ericsson, and gives you a great base plan to start on the journey to peak performance. Recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-08-2017

brilliant

a great book that I enjoyed listening
It has great incentives and solutions to mental and physical black outs

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-2018

Great book to read

Amazing techniques to use in our everyday life. Taught me why sleep and rest could also lead to growth. A great book to read for someone who feels guilty to take a break as they're not utilizing their time, a problem I too have (or had). So far, it has been beneficial for me. Hope it'll be so for you as well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-11-2018

Great practical insights and lessons.

This has great practical and real world activity and insights. Good arguments backed up by research.

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  • Shamine
  • 17-11-2018

Must have book.

Stuff you've heard before taken into a concise easy to understand package. I could not put it down. brilliant.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 15-11-2018

Great book

The story was great, what made it really great was that it was based on facts not on opinions.
Easy to get in to and over all good experiences.
Would recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-11-2018

Simples Basics that add up

This book covers many things you will have heard before but it gives them deeper meaning and adds up to a very worthwhile listen that puts a package together that everyone can benefit from whatever your aspirations or career.

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  • Oisin OBrien
  • 30-09-2018

Brilliant comprehensive insight

Brilliant insight into how to improve performance and more importantly quality of life. Definitely recommend!!

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  • Cesar
  • 16-09-2018

INCREDIBLE BOOK FOR PERFORMANCE

once I started listening , I just couldn't stop. helps view the why and the how of a problem.

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  • Tim
  • 11-09-2018

Superb

Great insights and ideas... thanks for taking the time to research and share. Much appreciated.