The Plateau Effect is a powerful law of nature that affects everyone. Learn to identify plateaus and break through any stagnancy in your life - from diet and exercise, to work, to relationships. The Plateau Effect shows how athletes, scientists, therapists, companies, and musicians around the world are learning to break through their plateau - to turn off the forces that cause people to “get used to” things - and turn on human potential and happiness in ways that seemed impossible.
The audiobook identifies three key flattening forces that generate plateaus, two principles to guide listeners in engineering a plateau’s destruction, and three actions to take to achieve peak behavior. It helps us to stop wasting time on things that are no longer of value and to focus on the things that leverage our time and energy in spectacular ways. Anything you want to do better - play guitar, make friends, communicate with your children, run a business - you can accomplish faster by understanding the plateau effect.
©2013 Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson (P)2013 Gildan Media LLC
“You already know what the plateau effect is. No matter what the endeavor, we've all experienced that feeling of diminishing returns from our efforts. Now Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson present the definitive guide for those who believe things can get a lot better and want to rise above their plateaus. Turn your back on the daily grind for good. Read this book now.” (Ori Brafman, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior)
"The Plateau Effect is smart, bracing, and eye-opening with genuine pay-offs for accomplishing your dreams. It’s also cheerful, funny and greatly entertaining. Use it!” (Amy Chua, author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother)
Anecdotes, curiosities, aha-moments
Nothing. While I like Don Hagen, I would have preferred the authors reading the book. Don is a bit too mellow and laid back.
The part about perfectionism and what to do about it.
At first I didn't think this book contributed much to me, apart from various anecdotes. But I must say I got quickly through it, despite the 9 hours it takes. Why? Because, while the book could use more substance and concrete, actionable advice, f.e. some sentence stems to finish, it did turn out to be quite interesting.
It's like the authors want to be the Heath brothers (authors of Made to Stick) but actually exceeds them. The book has had an impact upon my view of the world. So while not perfect, I do recommend it!
"Interesting insights but...."
I would put rank it in the upper 50% of the books that I have listened to so far.
There were some great stories that provide fascinating insights in the fields of behavioural psychology, self-help, success etc.
However the book has a tendency to drift away from the key theme, which is the plateau effect. A lot of times I asked myself what does all this have to do with the plateau effect?
It seemed that the authors have just gathered a lot of interesting information and decided to somehow link it to the plateau effect
His voice and tone is clear and easy to follow. I find at times he tries to sound humourus although he is not very succesful at it.
The book had many interesting aha moments
An American interested in sport.
a Jon Ronson.
There really wasn't a lot he could have done with this material.
At least half of it. I didn't get close to finishing it. It seemed to have one point to make, and a lot of examples to make it with.
It was like trudging along on a plateau. I was happy to jump off half-way.
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