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Publisher's Summary

Sport psychologist Dr Josephine Perry spends her life working with exceptional performers. She has identified ten psychological pillars that the ultra-successful have ingrained within their approach. And the good news is that we can all learn these mental building blocks. 

In this book you’ll hear those who have excelled in their field discussing their route to success and learn how you can emulate them. A sense of belonging, mastery, autonomy, purpose, confidence, process, courage, optimism, internal insight or gratitude – all these skills can be vital in helping us overcome setbacks that can stand in the way of achieving our goals. 

From the double Olympic champion who is passionate about collaboration, to the James Bond Stuntman who has cultivated courage, to the Ironman athlete who harnessed the power of gratitude, each case study demonstrates how we can turn a pillar into a superpower. Illuminating and inspiring, The Ten Pillars of Success will give every listener a roadmap to reach their full potential.

Features interviews with: Dame Kelly Holmes, Maxine Peake, Sean Conway, Damian Hall, Emma Wiggs MBE, Caspar Berry, Bobby Holland Hanton, Drew McOnie, Lucy Gossage and Sara Pascoe. 

©2021 Josephine Perry (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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  • Andrew C
  • 23-08-2021

don't buy

This "book" is just pablum repackaged for unimaginative try-hards. there are no new insights to be found, nothing clever to be heard, just the sound of a dead horse bring beat to a pulp. I suppose Ms. Perry couldn't afford to turn down the commission for composing this tripe, but she really should have. To be bluntly honest, if you're the sort of person who finds this book enlightening and useful, you are not going to succeed in life. If you're already successful, this book will be amusing for being alternately obvious and wrong. The fundamental thesis of the book is built on ignoring luck (or, more accurately, taking is role for granted in order to look at variables you can control), but since luck is integral to everyone's life, it's a bit thick to relegate it to the background, or to carry on as if the ten pillars can even possibly overcome it. In short, this book breeds discontent and serves as propaganda for big business who wants nothing more than a class of strivers who believe so strongly in determinism that they can't be dissuaded from trying hard, no matter the cost to themselves.

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  • Rob Gardner
  • 30-08-2021

Performance psychology for all.

Having studied sport psychology as a part of my degree I’ve ways found it an interesting subject. The challenge is to find material that is neither severely academically challenging (pure text book,) nor a simplistic ‘how to guide’.

Taking themes of performance psychology and positioning them in real world settings across a range of settings makes this enjoyable, light hearted and accessible. Most importantly, not just for sports people! It seems obvious in hindsight but ‘performance’ can be found everywhere and these concepts are just as applicable in every setting. At work, on stage, even cooking dinner for your family.

This is a meta analysis that has been packaged for everyone to understand and, potentially, find something of themselves hidden inside.
Don’t read it if you want definitive answers. Do read it if you want to understand a little more about what makes people ‘tick’.

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  • Zion♡
  • 03-10-2021

Define Success Is Key

Nice book. I enjoyed it. Defining success is key to being successful. Most people spend little time thinking about why they want what they want and what it means when they achieve it

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  • Della G.
  • 15-09-2021

Success re-evaluated

Very motivating and inspirational! I enjoyed the manner in which it made me want to re-evaluate how I view success in life.

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  • Stefano
  • 09-09-2021

Nothing new or groundbreaking

There is no 10, 7, or 3 anything that will make you successful. Humans are complicated and our environment, relationships, and challenges will make a life that is easier or harder than the next person.

The 10 Pillars of success is a cookie cutter, positive self-help psy-pop that would have been better if it were written in the 80s.

It’s at best a collection of motivational stories that does very little to dive deep into the root of what makes someone successful or how to navigate the complexities of life to become successful.

Nothing in the book was new, refreshing, or delivered in an interesting way. I really don’t enjoy leaving critical reviews but I hope the author really sinks into the subject and pulls out some real insights to success in her next book and leave this one behind.

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  • Callie
  • 22-08-2021

Very well researched content

Excellent book that reminds me of Tool of Titans by Tim Ferriss because she interviewed some top athletes, who gave their insight on each pillar of success.

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  • Allan Paterson
  • 26-08-2021

Engaging

At first I was not sure I was going to enjoy this but it just gets better and better. By the end I'm thinking there are very few books I listen to more than once but this one may join a very limited collection of those. In fact it is the only other one along with 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

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  • Chris Williams
  • 29-11-2021

Brilliant

The best audible book that I’ve ever listened to on success and I’m looking forward to the book coming out. Thank you Josephine

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  • James Brown
  • 28-10-2021

One of the Best.

motivational books I've come across. There's a good mix of information about why we do what we do and what we can do. Along with interviews with people who have faced and overcome these hurdles.

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  • heidi
  • 27-10-2021

AmazingAmazing

Utterly brilliant. Have made my 13 year old listen to it. I’ve learned so much from this book. It should be handed out on schools

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  • Peter
  • 27-10-2021

Overall it works good as podcast - but copy others

I think it was nice as a podcast, the way they interact works like a podcast more than an audiobook. It has some great content and some less good, also to be expected.

The most disappointing was the obvious copying of frameworks etc. without acknowledging previous work - all the mastery, autonomy and purposes sound a lot like Daniel Pink in Drive, which was published in 2009 and probably also was inspired by other work. But I was a bit disappointed how the author presents everything as self-discovered/developed without attributing previous work - also Power of Habit by Charles Dunegg, Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnemann etc. etc.

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  • The king David
  • 27-10-2021

A useful and interesting guide for a positive way forwards.

This has been well constructed with a healthy spread of guest speakers and experts in their field. All speakers were humble (except the theatre director) and reflective. The key pillars made sense. It’s a good listen.

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  • TopRock
  • 29-09-2021

Really inspiring

The book has lots of useful information and techniques that are easily applied for self improvement. Highly recommended.

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  • G A M Graham
  • 26-09-2021

Steered me on the right track

I loved it so much. Helping my feel more optimisic and process driven. It spurred me to take up running again and enjoy the process. This will be my go to book for when I hit a hump. I'll be sure to buy it when it is in print. Huge thank you!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-09-2021

Fantastic listen. Highly recommended.

I was slightly dubious as this was a free download and I expected it to be “light touch” or superficial. I was proved wrong.

Not only an excellently written book but interwoven with fantastic true life stories to demonstrate the points raised

Brilliantly narrates and so much to take away from this book.

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