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8 Ways to Great: Peak Performance on the Job and in Your Life Paperback – January 4, 2011
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Very good book. Readable and interesting, simple concepts very well detailed, but very deep. Already have helped me reassess my plans, both professional and personal. Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by Lincoln
This is a must read for every trader and investor.
Traders ought to keep this book within reach for quick stimulus, centering your mind and focus, and gaining ah-ha insights... Read more
Many of the authors discussions and examples are based around his coaching and consulting work with the Wall Street traders, but all of his tips apply in any other context: find... Read morePublished on January 15, 2011 by Ilya Grigorik
I picked up this book mainly because the premise seemed simple and practical, and it didn't disappoint. Read morePublished on January 10, 2011 by Reader
I read A LOT of business books, 8 Ways to Great is definitely at the top. Unlike many biz authors, Hirschhorn doesn't just offer tips and "helpful" hints, but instead delivers a... Read morePublished on November 18, 2010 by Gordon Platt
This book is well written but is full of really industry specific analogies and advice.
It does have 8 concepts that can be applied to making your life more effective... Read more
I have read dozens of self-help books and this is one of the best. In Summary most of the books that I have read all say the same thing: Set goals and work to achieve your goals... Read morePublished on August 9, 2010 by Ken
I love lists. And the book, 8 Ways To Great: Peak Performance on the Job and In Your Life, by Dr. Doug Hirschhorn, is my favorite kind of list: what successful people do to stand... Read morePublished on August 2, 2010 by Renita Kalhorn