Summary: Best-selling author Shawn Achor shows how to unlock hidden sources of potential in ourselves and others.
In a world that thrives on competition and individual achievement, we are measuring and pursuing potential all wrong. By pursuing success in isolation – pushing others away as we push ourselves too hard – we are not just limiting our potential, we are becoming more stressed and disconnected than ever.
In his highly anticipated follow-up to The Happiness Advantage, Achor reveals a better approach. Drawing on his work in 50 countries, he shows that success and happiness are not competitive sports. Rather, they depend almost entirely on how well we connect with, relate to, and learn from each other…Read more.
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Shawn Achor – Big Potential Audio Book Summary
From internationally acclaimed author and Harvard-trained positive psychologist Shawn Achor comes a groundbreaking new work on the incredible power of human potential.
The author of the best-selling book The Happiness Advantage and success and motivational coach to students and corporations in over fifty countries, Shawn Achor is one of the leading thinkers on the connection between happiness and success.
In Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being, Achor takes his happiness research to the next level to tackle the issue of potential and impact-based action.
According to Achor, one of the worst trends of the internet-era is the tendency for us to isolate into individuals and strive for individual over group productivity. This is a bad idea, he argues, because it leads to what he terms Small Potential. Small Potential is what is possible when we work alone. Big Potential, by contrast, is what is possible when we group together and focus on aiding the needs of each other in order to achieve common or related aims.
True to the style of his earlier books, Achor demonstrates his theory using evidence from contemporary neuroscience and psychology, noting how the brain performs better, operating at a higher, more creative and more resilient level, when it is consistently exposed to others.
He then continues to lay out five principles, or SEEDS of what you can do to achieve your own highest potential. These strategies are not just about financial and business achievement, but are strategies for success that lead to more well-balanced lives all around, accounting for higher levels of happiness and meaning as well as financial and social success.
Big Potential is a great book for anyone interested in how to optimize brain performance and work on self-development, while keeping an eye on the practical techniques and strategies that can be employed. It is for anyone who wants to raise their own potential as an individual or a group, and live a life that is not only more successful, but more fulfilling, joyful, and meaningful as well.