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The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy Paperback – October 31, 2017
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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 Be™
“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--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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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.
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.
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