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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (December 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399156089
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399156083
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,720,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I first read this book from my local library. I liked the concise steps outlined that helped me redesign my career path and ultimately my mindset. The experience alone is worth the cost of this book and is the basis for my continual progress to excel. I'm paying it forward to show my appreciation to the author for taking the time to help so many with his words.
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Format: Paperback
I've read a lot of personal development books over the years, but this one had a very unique feel to it. Doctor Hirschhorn has a background in working with high level fund traders and in sports.

He uses a number of examples from the high stress environment of making deals and watching markets, as well as the experience of athletes honing themselves for top performance under high level of public scrutiny.

What does this mean for you? It means he can draw on all of this experience to derive 8 helpful ways to be your best. It won't be groundbreaking, but the way he explains it (especially managing risks and expected returns) will help you analyze how to hone yourself from good to great.
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