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Overachievement: The Science of Working Less to Accomplish More Paperback – December 1, 2015
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- Item Weight : 11.4 ounces
- Paperback : 276 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1682302237
- ISBN-13 : 978-1682302231
- Product Dimensions : 5.51 x 0.58 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Diversion Books; Reprint Edition (December 1, 2015)
- Language: : English
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What a wise decision on my part. Part of my problem has always been over-thinking, over-analyzing, and an excessive amount of over-planning. The results? Things got done, but not nearly (!) as many as would/could have had I simply trusted my abilities and allowed myself to immerse myself in my daily activities.
Light bulb on!!!!!!
I won't attempt to summarize an entire book in one review, but for those of you trying to decide whether or not to purchase and read this book and apply its core philosophies: Eliot has hit the home run that no one else has even attempted to hit. He (Eliot) is not merely rising above many others who offer the same ideas; he is all alone in that arena.
The message is simple: THINK like those who overachieve, and your chances of success increase dramatically. In some cases, don't even think at all (Eliot makes a reference to Yogi Berra, my favorite in this book, which quotes Yogi as saying "I can't think and hit at the same time."). Focus only on what you are doing - not its potential end result, how you did last time, or what you might do in the future. It's all about peaking at this precise moment, because that's all that matters, and that's all you've got right now. Eliot uses the example of a golfer who, to some, plays 65 games of golf - one hole each - when shooting a 65. On each shot, no thought is given to the prior shot or to future shots - just the one at hand.
I realize that my words likely do not suffice in explaining how practical and extremely helpful this fabulous book is; that's hard to do in limited space. Having said that, there's no doubt in my mind that anyone would benefit from "Overachievement," and as a result, I give this book my highest rating. Just Do It.
99% of self help books and websites are useless. Why? Because they don't teach you HOW TO THINK. All they do is give you exercises and tactics for accomplishing things. The funny thing is that none of the great achievers ever used any of these tactics, they just think different.
Many self improvement gurus try to come up with theories and philosophies about how to live life and be fulfilled. These are completely useless because 1) they are not based on science, 2) they are not practical, and 3) great people like Michael Jordan and Richard Branson never followed any system or theory like that.
This book tries to explain the way successful people think. These people do not sit down and write a list of goals they want to achieve in 30 days. They do not use NLP techniques. They do not plan ahead. They do not worry about the probability of failure. They are not realistic. They are not results oriented. They do not strive for perfection.
These people are irrationally confident in themselves. Deep down they really believe in themselves and they know that they will accomplish what they want NO MATTER WHAT. They have dreams, not goals, and they enjoy pursuing their dreams. They live in their own little world. Failures and criticism do not affect them.
The main lessons I got from this book are:
- The Trusting Mindset.
- Pressure and stress improve performance.
- Anxiety is a cognitive misinterpretation of stress and the fight/flight response.
- Confidence comes before success.
- Focusing on goals is counterproductive. CHASE A DREAM instead of setting goals.
- Successful people do not follow systems or formulas. They are extremely unrealistic and irrationally confident. They focus on POSSIBILITIES, not probabilities.
The reason I don't give this book 5 stars is because the author is not a very good teacher. After reading Your Brain at Work by David Rock (probably the greatest book there is on productivity at work) I found this book to be very boring. The author tries too hard to illustrate his points with the use stories. There are just too many stories in it and overall the book is kinda messy. I had to skip several pages because of this.
I also didn't like the second part at all. I didn't find it very practical and in my opinion this book could've ended at page 125 without losing any effect.
I will apply the teachings of this book and will let you guys know, 2-3 years from now, if it really changed my life or not.
Much of the self-help here is contrary to the standard guidance, but it is a welcome diversion. Well-written and all content, no fluff. Recommend this, should be more well-known in the self-help genre.
Top reviews from other countries
Living and loving being in the moment
Dreams rather than goals (it's not what you think)
Loving the extra mile
Playing at your work
Think like a squirrel!!
Thinking abnormally to overachieve
Confidence - real lasting confidence
Pre performance routines
Carving out your own personal philosophies for maintaining focus when it inevitably goes against you
Laser like focus and target shooting
This book is the most inspirational books I have read since "Think and Grow Rich" (and I have read 100s of self evelopment books) this is an awesome no jargon/give it as it is book.
I have re-read this book at least five times and have almost highlighted the whole book due to its amazing key points and advice. This book will change your view-point on the World, as a result it will change your life!!!