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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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“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
- Publisher : Rodale Books; First Edition (October 27, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1623365961
- ISBN-13 : 978-1623365967
- Item Weight : 15.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.77 x 0.91 x 8.71 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #57,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
Howes is an All-American athlete who after suffering a career-ending injury and being dumped after moving across the country found himself broke of heart and broke of spirit laid up on his sister’s couch for months. But sometimes rock bottom points us to our peak, and he ended up getting back up, creating a multi-million dollar business and motivating thousands as a public-speaker and consultant.
In the book, Howes identifies eight lessons that he learned along his journey and through the many “professors” that he interviewed over the past few years on his podcast. I’ll provide a quick summary of each :
1.) Create a vision – Identify a specific vision with a clear set of goals to achieve your dream. Further, make that vision your new identify.
2.) Turn adversity into advantage – Let the challenges in your life be the motivators to pursue your dreams. Accept your failures and be grateful for them as they move your towards success.
3.) Cultivate a champion’s mindset – To be a champion one must think like a champion, which is rooted in a strong belief in one’s self. This belief is coupled with vision, focus, discipline and humility
4.) Develop hustle – You must embrace a burning desire to do what others are unwilling to do. To achieve your goals you have to work harder and smarter.
5.) Master your body – Greatness starts with the mind and the body. Sleep, nutrition and fitness are all keys to ensure that we feel good so that we have the energy to get what we want in life.
6.) Practice positive habits – Daily habits can make the difference. Make your bed, meditate, go for a walk every evening, read for 30 minutes each day – whatever the habit, commit to it.
7.) Building a winning team – Surround yourself with people who motivate and inspire. Cultivate strong relationships. Find the right mentor or coach. And cut those people who are not helping you on your path to greatness.
8.) Be of service to others – In addition to improving your own life, improve the lives of those around you – your family, friends, community and the world. Think outwardly to achieve greatness.
The book is easy to digest even as it gives you a lot to consider. Each chapter includes exercises to help put these lessons into practice. For me, it requires a second reading in which I force myself to dig deep and consider each lesson a bit more closely. However, the books works on just the surface level to challenge yourself to do better.
I have never listened to his podcast but definitely want to check them out now. My only surprise with the book was that his “professors” were not bigger names. Not to mean that insight can’t be gained from people of less renown but some of his examples – like his brother and a friend from high school – while impressive felt too shoehorned. Overall though it was worth the time and consideration and will be a book worth revisiting as I work through my goal setting for the year ahead.
Be a better husband...be a better Salesperson...be a better athlete.
Lewis focused on how to be a better YOU.
He doesnt judge and he doesnt ask you to judge yourself.
He instead helps you to think about how you can be an overall better "person" by focusing on what's important to you, and how (at times) you can use that passion to help others as well.
While you are reading the book, try to find some of Lewis' stuff on YouTube.
He's an earnest, gentle soul with a lot of great ideas.
He'll motivate you without feeling the caffeine rush headache that some "gurus" give you.
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I love the 'Get Grounded' sections that start each chapter, then the summaries and action lists at the end. There are also a number of simple but very powerful exercises within the chapters so you can immediately start get clarity - which is the first step to you getting real life results.
One chapter echoes the age old lesson of the Overcomer, as explored in Ryan Holiday's book The Obstacle is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage . This is such a key issue as so many people disempower themselves with reasons taken from their personal history. Lewis shows how you can turn this around
Overall, I liked the sense in this book that 'greatness' is not something to achieve by pushing others down but more that we become all that we can be. In doing so, we have an opportunity to use our influence to serve even more people and help them take greater steps forward in life.
Success Coach, Speaker, Author of Team Me
In terms of a coach / mentor / teacher I want the ideas presented with some good examples not a detailed account of yourself. Could have been written a lot better.
Full of tales of battling against the odds and coming out on top (including Lewis's own life journey), this book is a great complement to anyone who, like me, is a fan of his podcast or anyone who would like an introduction to his work.
Easy to read, with practical tips and examples of lots of positive people making a difference- who I am looking forward to finding out more about.
The book is a brilliant, bite-sized introduction to Lewis' comprehensive podcast. It summarises key life lessons and concepts which Lewis covers (and discovers for himself) by doing his podcast interviews.
I would encourage you to head over to iTunes and subscribe to the podcast if you enjoyed the book!