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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Adult (December 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399156089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399156083
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,063,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Doug Hirschhorn is a performance coach and executive trainer schooled in sports psychology and experienced on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, who talks the talk and walks the walk when it come to his job—to coach high achievers in the trading business from good to exceptional. He has conducted more than 400 workshops at financial institutions, multi-billion dollar hedge funds, and corporations across the country in addition to his one-on-one coaching. He has appeared on "The Today Show" and repeatedly on a host of CNBC programs, including "The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch," "Fast Money," "Power Lunch," "The Millionaire Inside," "Squawk on the Street" and "Closing Bell."

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8 Ways to Great: Peak Performance on the Job and in Your Life (Penguin/G.P. Putnam's Sons, January 2010, $19.95, Hardcover) is world renowned investment psychology advisor, Dr. Doug Hirschhorn's transformative new book. Doug advises Wall Street's elite dealmakers and traders, and is a regular contributor on CNBC.

"I saw incredible similarities in the mistakes my clients made compared with their risk tolerance and how they dealt with their emotions related to setting goals," says Doug. "I clarified eight core peak performance principles, and knew the concepts were transferable to anyone, both personally and professionally." 8 Ways to Great is the key to success for everyone.

From making smarter investment decisions, to losing weight, to being a better person, 8 Ways to Great helps readers identify their "why" - meaning, the catalyzing force behind their goals. By shifting focus from "how will I ever be great? How will I be successful? How will I ever have enough time?" Doug uses psychological principles to help readers find their own "why," and provides concrete, no-nonsense tools and exercises to help them achieve it.

A former college athlete and floor trader, Doug's path to investment psychology was a bit circuitous. As the catcher and captain of his Division I baseball team in college, he aimed to eventually return to a professional sports career. So after spending a few years post-college working on the trading floors in Chicago, he went back to school to earn the advanced degrees necessary to become a baseball coach. Doug entered a Masters degree program in psychology, and it was there that he had his 'aha!' moment: If the psychological principles he was learning could be applied to athletes, why not try them out on traders - a similarly competitive breed? The formula worked, and less then five years later, Doug is one of the most in-demand public speakers and investment psychology advisors among the titans of Wall Street, hedge funds, and largest banks in the world.

Doug received his B.A. from Colgate University in 1994, and went onto earn an M.S. in Exercise Science in 2000 from Southern Connecticut State University. In 2005, he received his Ph.D. in Psychology (with an emphasis in sport psychology) from Capella University. He is currently the chief executive officer of DrDougHirschhorn.com, a consulting firm specializing in investment psychology consulting.

Dr. Doug is based in New York City, where he lives with his wife and three children. Doug is a regular contributor for CNBC and has also appeared on NBC's Today Show, Vh1's The Fabulous Life, and currently hosts a weekly video blog for CNBC. For more information, please visit www.drdoug.com.

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I have read dozens of self-help books and this is one of the best.
Ken
The book is very well organized and full of helpful (and entertaining) anecdotes and case studies.
Gordon Platt
What we need is a shift in perspective that will galvanize us into action.
Renita Kalhorn

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Harry Tucker on January 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
My inbox is awash these days with thoughts on New Year's resolutions. It's either from friends telling me what theirs are, asking me what mine are (here's a hint - I don't make any) or from people promising a mystical way to make New Year's resolutions manifest.

It's all wonderful from the standpoint of tradition.

However, I think many people are once again being set up for their annual disappointment when their quest for the best job ever, the best weight-loss results ever or their "best whatever " initiative fails to manifest for another year.

As a strategy advisor to Fortune 25 companies, I have watched many companies and projects also set out to achieve their best project ever, only to fail for the same reasons.

As human beings, we are more predictable than we would like to believe.

So when I first took a look at Dr. Doug Hirschhorn's book "8 Ways to Great", I thought "uh huh - another self improvement book to go into the pile of books promising me eternal youth, unlimited wealth, dinner with the Queen and the Pope and just about anything else people dream up."

How wrong I was.

Dr. Hirschhorn is a performance coach and executive trainer who works with high achievers in the trading business. He has conducted workshops at financial institutions and corporations across the US and has been a guest on many TV programs, including the Today show, The Big Idea, Fast Money and Power Lunch. His background is as a trader AND a sports psychologist - a powerful combination when it comes to personal improvement. This book is described as "hard hitting and pragmatic".

With my many years on Wall Street, this background and description intrigued me.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Edward F. Smith on January 20, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Thoughts on "8 Ways to Great" by Dr. Doug Hirschhorn.

I am a 52 year-old trader and have read countless books on the psychology of proprietary trading. Dr. Doug's book was the best for me because it encouraged me and helped me know me.

My favorite parts of this short course to a better career game-plan include:

ENCOURAGEMENT: If you know your "why" and love what you do, you will be doing it when your abilities or methodology become best suited for success. Others will have quit long ago. However, being an individual does not guarantee your success. Rather, looking at the world in a way different than most is necessary but not sufficient for future success. Do something because you love it. Success may not be immediate but it will likely come. In the meanwhile, doing something you love will not be not work.

HELPING ME KNOW ME: What are your strengths and weaknesses? Understanding your own strengths and what the attendant weaknesses are the key to choosing a career path. What is unique about you that you can emphasize and hone to create abilities like few others? This approach helped prepare me for my decision-making inflection points. Now my trading decisions are more of an out-of-body experience and more fun and I usually do not repeat mistakes.

Dr.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robbie Vorhaus on January 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Doug's book is simple, profound, and elegant in its ability to get right to the core of what we can do -- if we so choose! -- to find our place of Great. This is not a self-help book as much as a primer for getting past good and moving confidently in the direction that most people only dream of, and that's greatness. Clearly this guy knows how to harness greatness, as he writes with authority, clarity and wisdom. Reading this book won't make you feel good; however, if you follow Dr. Doug's advice, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish, and through your actions, you will surely feel great. The perfect book for our times. 8 Ways to Great is just that, GREAT. Thank you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen V. Melito on January 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Note: This review appeared originally on CR4: The Engineer's Place for News and Discusion in two parts.

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What do hedge fund managers really have in common with engineers? And why would someone who advises Wall's Street elite want to develop a dialog with a community of technical professionals? In 8 Ways to Great: Peak Performance on the Job and in Your Life, Dr. Doug Hirschhorn provides a practical, hands-on approach to career development. By putting these principles into practice, workers from all walks of life can reach the top of their game.

A performance coach, executive trainer, and television personality, Dr. Doug Hirschhorn is also a part of the CR4 community. Last year, at the height of the financial crisis, Dr. Doug blogged with us for the first time - and met his share of resistance. Anger at Wall Street burned hot, but Hirschhorn kept his cool. By engaging our engineers in extended conversations, the former trader refused to be a victim of guilt by association.

Hirschhorn's ability to reach an audience beyond Wall Street is also evident in 8 Ways to Great. In the book's introductory chapter, he challenges readers who ask what they could possibly learn from "the same guys who blew up and lost billions of dollars in the recent stock market meltdown." Some traders are better than others, of course, and Dr. Doug's clients are an experienced elite who "not only survived but even thrived" during the darkest days of the Great Recession.

The Eight Principles

In just over 110 pages, Dr. Doug Hirschhorn outlines eight important principles.

Principle #1: Find Your "Why?"

Why do you do what you do? What is your "core motivation", as Hirschhorn calls your "why"?
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