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The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy Hardcover – October 27, 2015
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“Whether you're a listener of his podcast or this is your first time learning of Lewis, you will be an instant fan. Lewis' approach to achieving greatness will leave you inspired and ready to take action in all areas of your life!” —Jack Canfield, cocreator, Chicken Soup for the Soul® and The Success Principles: How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to BeTM
“For everyone who wants to live a great life-one filled with energy, meaning, and purpose-Lewis Howes provides The School of Greatness. It's a terrific resource with accessible, practical suggestions for transforming our lives.” —Gretchen Rubin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Better Than Before and #1 New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project
“The road to mastery requires studying under a master. This book follows the author as he apprentices under more than a dozen great men and women, each a master in their own way.” —Robert Greene, New York Times bestselling author of Mastery and The 48 Laws of Power
“Lewis Howes is ridiculously inspirational. In my ideal world, he'd call me every morning and give me a 10-minute personal pep talk. This book is the next best thing. It'll make you want to hustle, create a vision and all that other good stuff.” —AJ Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically, and editor at large at Esquire
“I met Lewis when he was just starting out broke on his sister's couch and he hustled his way to creating an amazing life. This book will show you how to do the same for yourself!” —Gary Vaynerchuk, New York Times bestselling author of Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook
“I never believed that "school" was my strong suit, but the life lessons that Lewis teaches throughout his book make it so easy to understand and apply to your everyday life. You finish this book feeling impacted, grateful, and inspired to learn more!” —Julianne Hough, Actress, Singer, Dancer from Dancing with the Stars
“Most of life is not about our circumstances. It's about how we perceive and react to them. Lewis Howes' book, The School of Greatness, gives us all new ways of approaching old problems and making every action count for what matters most in life.” —Michael Hyatt, New York Times bestselling author of Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World
“If you are looking to take your business, life, health or relationships to the next level then The School of Greatness has the inspiration, tools and resources to help you get there.” —Derek Halpern, SocialTriggers.com
“With so many distractions in today's world, Lewis asks thought-provoking questions about like and legacy that will help you bring clarity and focus to your life, but most importantly challenge and move you to action.” —Scott Harrison, Founder and CEO, Charity Water
“Entertaining and practical, The School of Greatness will leave you excited to embrace challenges in a whole new way.” —Adam Grant, Wharton professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take
About the Author
Lewis Howes is an online marketing expert, sought-after business coach, podcast and webinar host, speaker, and angel investor. He is the host of "The School of Greatness" podcast. He was recognized in a 2013 White House ceremony by President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under age 30. He lives in West Hollywood, CA.
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By the end of 2015, I’d hit rock bottom. Having broken up with my boyfriend John, I felt hopeless and beyond sad. I began mixing Xanax and alcohol every day; everyone who knew me recognized my downward spiral.
Given the violence and horrors of my childhood in Cambodia, I considered myself fortunate to have built a career as a print model.
Late one afternoon, I arrived at a friend's house in Las Vegas for a photo shoot for his clothing line. Lying at poolside, I admired the stunning golf course nearby. My friend was reading The School of Greatness and handed it to me.
“You should read this book. Or watch the Lewis Howes interview about successful people.” He promised that if I read the book, he would take me to dinner at my favorite restaurant. So of course, I started reading it.
Lewis’ ideas were inspiring and I liked how he made them so easy to grasp. Still, I confess, I didn’t take the book seriously enough at the time; I was too depressed and drugged most of the time.
But its importance finally hit me one night after a party at the Chateau Marmont restaurant in Hollywood. I spent the evening at a friend’s house in Hollywood. It was a wild night and I drank way too much. In the morning, I woke up sick and rushed to the bathroom to throw up. Everything I had eaten the night before came back.
This was rock bottom.
I remembered my friend’s advice and watched the Lewis Howes interview about successful people.
That same day, I decided to do anything necessary to be the best version of myself and live my American dream. Now, I work my butt off and when I’m not working, I dedicate myself to self-improvement. I’ve become obsessed with it.
I’ve read many books and learned from other successful entrepreneurs, like my ex-boyfriend John, Mark and, of course, Lewis.
It's been a big change for me since that night. At the time, I was 30, hopeless, unemployed and unable to even figure out how to get a job. After reading Lewis's book twice, I decided to work for myself—as a beauty specialist and personal stylist.
Look at me now: a young immigrant, living in Beverly Hills and being my own boss. Thank you, Lewis!
I recently had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of Lewis Howes’s upcoming book “The School of Greatness” in which Lewis seeks to learn what makes people great. People like Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson, Deckers shoes CEO Angel Martinez, and Kyle Maynard, a young man who played football in middle school, won 36 wrestling matches in high school, and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in his 20's, despite being a congenital amputee; meaning he was born without fully developed arms and legs.
The book dives into eight principles Lewis identified while talking to these people. These principles are also chapters in his book.
8 Principles of Greatness
#1 Create a vision
#2 Turn adversity into advantage
#3 Cultivate a championship mindset
#4 Develop hustle
#5 Master your body
#6 Practice positive habits
#7 Building a winning team
#8 Be of service to others
Lewis isn’t just interviewing great people, he’s in his own pursuit of greatness, so he’s learning from them and sharing the lessons with us. In each chapter Lewis tells their stories, and then relates it to his own life. Sometimes he tells you how he’s already applied these principles, other times he tells you he’s still working on it. Finally, he shares specific exercises you can do today to apply the lessons he’s learned.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. New age “feel good” books aren’t really my thing, but that’s not what this is. This book is full of inspiring stories and practical exercises that have honestly motivated me to push it up a notch. Lewis’s story, woven throughout this excellent read, shows that we can all be great too.
Do I recommend this book? Let’s just say I plan to buy copies for my two sons. Then I’m going to read it again myself.