Sound familiar? This is what New York Times best-selling author Gay Hendricks calls the Upper Limit Problem, a negative emotional reaction that occurs when anything positive enters our lives. The Upper Limit Problem not only prevents happiness, but it actually stops us from achieving our goals. It is the ultimate life roadblock.
In The Big Leap, Hendricks reveals a simple yet comprehensive program for overcoming this barrier to happiness and fulfillment, presented in a way that engages both the mind and heart. Working closely with more than 1,000 extraordinary achievers in business and the arts, from rock stars to Fortune 500 executives, whose stories are featured in these pages, the book describes the four hidden fears that are at the root of the Upper Limit Problem.
The Big Leap delivers a proven method for first identifying which of these four fears prevents us from reaching our personal upper limit, and then breaking through that limitation to achieve what Hendricks refers to as our Zone of Genius. Hendricks provides a clear path for achieving our true potential and attaining not only financial success but also success in love and life.
©2009 Gay Hendricks; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
Thought-provoking, inspiring, a little preachy but otherwise VERY good...
I agree with other reviews that this book starts off feeling a little anthonyrobbinesque (yes I did just make that word up haha) - but I was intrigued to see where it went, and how it developed.
I found it extremely useful more as a springboard for exploring my own situation and my own limits. I am somewhat skeptical by nature, and so took the book as I do any self-help resource - with a good grain of salt and an open mind.
I would say that anyone expecting a manual for success will probably be somewhat disappointed - but anyone with the courage to look inside themselves and honestly ask what holds them back from happiness and success will find the book inspiring and thought provoking.
No book holds "the answers" in itself, but I think this book could help people to begin really *looking* for the answers.
I'm listening to this for the 2nd time, and am buying a copy for a friend. I think that speaks as loud as any long-winded review, hm? ;)
This book has changed my life. The way I live think act respond. The hours that were once days are now minutes as I embrace Einstein Time. The concepts I share with those around me. I bet I've accidentally sold dozens of copies of this book just by how much I tell others about its influence. I've listened to it 10 times now and am making my Big Leap into the life I've always meant to create.
It might take me years to implement all the wisdom in this book, but thanks to this book, I will take a lighthearted, 'hmm' approach to the learning. I was so ready for this. Between Don Miguel Luiz, Gary Zukav, Chopra, Byron Katie and now Hendricks...life is amazing and ever more amazing all the time.
Inspirational, uplifting, transformative... how can I add stars?
This book is really eye opening. Does this sound like you – You have success and things are going very well. Then something goes wrong and you end up back where you were. Has that happened in your career, with your finances or your relationships? If you said yes, The Big Leap is for you. It is about how to recognize your upper limit behavior and break through you self imposed glass ceiling.
Learn, understand, then decide whether you accept or reject.
The beginning is powerful, but then the book turns dull and inconsistent. It tries to be inclusive to many things, but lost my attention -and my interest- in the process.
The Big Leap is full of wisdom and practical, applicable steps. I appreciate the depth of this book-it reflects a profound knowledge in psychology, relationship, spirituality and human potential. This is the real deal. I have at least 3 big new concepts from this book that I'm certain will be pivotal to my life. Thank you, Gay Hendricks.
The audio is read by the author, but don't be wary potential buyers. I often am disappointed with author-read material because they often don't have the "polish" of the professional readers. But Gay Hendricks' reading is an easy listen. The audio has the feeling of a caring friend/coach/ therapist imparting material they truly care about. Really, I can't say enough about this book. Get it.
This is currently one of my favorite "self-help" books, and I've read a lot of them.
The author's concepts about how we are holding ourselves back from a genuinely happy and fulfilling life are spot on. I've put several of his ideas into practice in my life and they are having a profound difference. I can genuinely say that I am significantly, and more importantly consistently, happier today than I was a couple months ago when I first read the book.
I enjoyed the notions presented, the positive outlook, and the authors committment.
This is my first listen
One man's view of the world
I'm not sold on the author's theories. He leaves a lot of room between here's a notion and here's how it plays out in the real world. It feels like there's a lot he's not saying. That's not to say that there aren't things to be gained from the book.
Honestly, do we need to hear about how executives and CEOs are feeling ever again? Zone Of Genius? Zone Of Excellence? How about the "zone of be happy you still have a job"? This book needs to be more grounded to regular people. It does give some methods to improve attitude in the second half of the book.
Listening to this book was listening to one of those motivators that try to get you to become a great salesman, or make a lot of money - long on rah rah, much shorter on facts and actual information. The author is an academician but uses words and rhetoric to make his points. He tries to convince you that anecdotes are substitutes for data...he tells story after story of how he helped some of his famous clients/patients to overcome their issues (what ever happened to dr-patient confidentiality?) I am not saying that his approach might not work for some people, but I am saying that the tone of the presentaion and the lack of actual data made me feel like I was listening to sales pitch.
"The Big Leap - let it change the way you think!"
The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks is by far the best personal development book I've ever read (or even better, listened to!).
Gay makes everything very clear, and gives easy steps to take in order to improve your mindset, which in turns allows you to make positive changes.
The audiobook format is excellent, as it's so easy to focus on what's being said when you're listening, rather than being distracted whilst reading. I'm listening to it for the second time already!
I've recommended this to a dozen of my friends.
"Insights into why we undershoot our potential"
I read this in paperback last year and really enjoyed it, yet as with many personal development products/services, I felt I needed more to get the key learning points really down pat. This recording just does that for me.
If you haven't read the book, this audio version can definitely stand alone and is a really good listen.
Great that the author is doing the reading, and he does it very well, with humour, gentleness and wisdom, in a style that's easy to listen to. Gay provides really practical insights into why so many of us undershoot our potential, often unwittingly, and have hidden 'upper limits' that we don't even realise are holding us back.
For me it reprised some real 'aha' moments, and reminded me of important things I'd forgotten once the book was back on the shelf. That's one of the reasons I like audiobooks: somehow it's easier to listen to them over and over and dip back in when I feel the need.
"Interesting & thought provoking"
This was recommended to me and I'm very happy to recommend it too. An easy listen - I like Gay's delivery - and with really interesting content and lots of helpful examples illustrating key points.
The Upper Limit concept is clearly defined and is one that will stick in my mind! Thank you.
"Medicine for the nerves"
Speaks of intangible but real stuff that calms nerves . Greatly worth the time invested.
A great book which is really enhanced by being read by the author. I found it gave me great focus but my biggest problem was wanting to jot down loads of thoughts as he was talking. Meant I had to keep stopping my car as I drove!
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