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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (November 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071786783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071786782
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Jason Selk is the bestselling author of 10-Minute Toughness, director of mental training for the St. Louis Cardinals, and an executive coach.


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Jason Selk is the director of sport psychology for the St. Louis Cardinals. He is also the director and owner of Enhanced Performance Inc., which can be found on the Web at www.enhancedperformanceinc.com. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

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The book is well written and very easy to read.
John Chancellor
Executive Toughness is the best book I have read in years...so good that I have purchased a copy for every one of my employees.
Androuais
This book will change the way you think about your everyday life.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By John Chancellor TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 5, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent self-coaching book with great content. I think the title and sub-title do not fully convey the value and message of the book - in my view it is more about how to actually achieve your goals. I think the title might lead the potential reader to think the book is only/primarily for executives. I believe the book can be a very valuable resource for anyone interested in achieving their goals.

Dr. Jason Selk, the author, is an executive coach and a "mental toughness" coach for many world class athletes including the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. He draws on his vast experience of executive and sports coaching to write a very engaging and entertaining book. But the real value is the well laid out principles and exercises he gives. These are the exercises and examples he uses in coaching very high level executives. So this book gives you some very valuable lessons in personal achievement at a very reasonable price.

The book presents 10 mental toughness concepts, with a separate chapter devoted to each concept. The concepts are grouped into four major categories: The foundation - defining your specific goals and who you are. The second category deals with the process of achievement, setting priorities and how to hold yourself accountable. The third major category covers focus, improving execution and consistency. Here Dr. Selk gives lessons on controlling your emotions, scripting your presentations and the 100 second mental workout. The final category is about overcoming obstacles. Here he introduces the concept of "Relentless Solution Focus" - focusing on the solution rather than the problems. He also introduces us to "Gable Discipline" - a wrestler and now wrestler coach who is a master at discipline.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steve Amoia on November 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
"The fundamentals presented in this book have worked for every one of my clients who has made the commitment to using them over the past 15 years. When I say every client, I don't mean most clients. I literally mean every client." Dr. Jason Selk, page XV of the Preface.

The author made a bold and confident statement to begin this book. You will see why after reading this entertaining, informative and highly instructional work. This book will force you to consider something that many of us refuse to recognize: We alone are the masters of our destiny.

Short Organized Format

There are four parts with ten concise chapters (totaling less than 200 pages) accompanied by a lengthy introduction, a concise notes section and detailed index. The author's writing style is motivational and supportive. It is as if he is talking directly to you during a one-on-one session. Dr. Selk also provides a great number of anecdotes from clients, such as the St. Louis Cardinals, who have benefited from his advice. This format provides actual case studies for you to study and learn.

Innovative Features

There is a "Choose to Be Great" synopsis at the end of each chapter to reinforce key points. Another feature that I liked was that the author asks you to do things as you read the book. For example, on page 25, "My purpose of life is..." Dr. Selk makes you write down specific goals and objectives. He gives you charts, fill-in-the blank lists (such as the Success Log) and urges you to use electronic schedulers to stay on the course. If you don't like to challenge yourself, exceed expectations and perform self-evaluation, you probably will not like this book. It is a call to action. One that most of us will be pleased to answer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Todd Parker on January 15, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I am a finacial sevices professional, and was introduced to this book by the managing partner of our firm in August of 2013. I also enrolled in advanced program that is offered by the author and his partner Tom Bartow shortly thereafter. I cannot begin to express how helpful it has been to personal, professional, and family life.

If you are at a point in your career/life where you are looking for a way to get to the next level; this book and the concepts within are your solution.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Piper180 on April 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a terrific resource for successful executives. Applying the principles of athletic training and toughness to my business have helped me reach my goals with less stress, more focus and greater self discipline. This book has been a life changer for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GL on August 24, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Executive Toughness lays out a systematic step by step process to help you excel in business and in life. Reading this book is really an incredible amount of work, but if you follow thru with the exercises your business and personal life can be transformed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RVPF on July 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This book has been amazing in both my business and personal life. It has helped daily in dealing with stress and the challanges of a highly demanding career. My home life has improved dramatically and I now face each day confidently and am "killing it" career wise. Finally, there is a sense of joy and peace with life that has been rung out of me for a while. I thank Jason Selk from the bottom of my heart.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bryan on June 23, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When you look at yourself in the mirror with brutal honesty, are you living up to your FULL potential? If you hate the fact that you are not, and know you have much more to offer, Executive Toughness can help you overcome. Jason Selk's book helps you to get beyond your self-imposed barriers - all those excuses you create in your head. He will help you to understand what an excuse really is and why you create it in the first-place. He then gives you the practical tools to move beyond those excuses and create new habits that will become "second-nature." He not only teaches you what to do, but HOW to do it. These tools can be learned by anybody and can be applied in all areas of life - not just business. I highly recommend this book.
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