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The former president of Gatorade and Equinox draws unconventional insights and kickass lessons from her personal and professional experiences and from a band of highly accomplished "Extremers" from business, sports, and entertainment to help you rock your career and live the boldest version of yourself.

From childhood, Sarah Robb O'Hagan felt destined to become a champion, but her early efforts at sports, in school, and in music made it clear she was no natural superstar. Unwilling to settle for average, she decided to go Extreme. From working with Richard Branson as a thriving Virgin Atlantic executive in her 20s to being fired and nearly deported a matter of months later, she learned through a series of surprising successes and epic fails that the extremes of her experiences were the engine of her success.

Making her way up the corporate ladder to become an executive at Nike, global president of Gatorade, and president of the luxury fitness company Equinox - as well as a wife, a mother, and an endurance athlete - she took the opportunity to learn from her relationships with extremely successful athletes, entertainers, and business and political leaders, discovering that across a wide range of pursuits - from Olympic skier to disruptive entrepreneur, from White House chef to secretary of state - Extremers follow the same method to realize their potential. She learned to develop an almost magical inner drive, challenge by challenge, until she could outperform almost any competition; to embrace her interests, talents, and idiosyncrasies and present them as unique specialties; and to step up - and step out of line - without letting her ego blow up all her hard work. She learned how to grit her teeth in the face of embarrassing failures, get over her weaknesses, and relentlessly test herself to reach her next level of success.

In every challenging situation, personal or professional, individuals face the pressure to conform to the accepted norms. But doing so comes with heavy costs: passions stifled, talents ignored, and opportunities squelched. The bolder choice is to embrace what Sarah calls Extreme You: to confidently bring all that is distinctive and relevant about yourself to everything you do.

Inspiring, surprising, laugh-out-loud funny, and practical, Extreme You is her training program for becoming your best version of yourself.

©2017 Sarah Robb O'Hagan (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Entertaining and Inspiring.

Perfect gift for all fledglings getting ready to leave the nest. Sarah's enthusiasm is contagious and the stories are entertaining and inspiring.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Relatable and full of real world advice

Love this lady and her super honest writing. She's a fireball and her stories and lessons are relatable.

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It's okay to be extreme!

This book explains why you don't need anyone's permission to be f**king bold. Go now!

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Good compilation of personal growth stories

Interesting stories and I enjoyed both narrators. I feel it is more geared toward people aiming for executive type roles but great message overall.

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Awesome!

Read at the right time! The journey she takes you on is both intellectually thought provoking and relevant.

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Well written,lots of stories,but missing something

Where does Extreme You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

So far it is in my top 5, but I am newer to audio books - so time will tell

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed the story of how the author failed, got fired and still managed to suck it up and keep going which lead her to some great successes

What aspect of Sarah Robb O'Hagan and Sandy Rustin ’s performance would you have changed?

Would have used different voices when covering a different chapter about someone else's journey. Would have made it stick out more

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Pick up and keep moving

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Go extreme and enjoy the ride

Loved hearing these stories and how failures fueled Sarah's success. Just wish she would have narrated/read the whole book...her energy is powerful and would have enhanced the listen!!!

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Exactly what I didn't know I always needed

My personality is quite extreme but I never really knew what to make of it. As a career and experience driven female in my mid30s this pretty much hit home and explained a lot to me about my personality and life experiences, and encouraged me to be more creative and imaginative and focus on what drives me. It also gave me a good roadmap on discovering/identifying my weaknesses, being humble and working with (and learning from) people who have a different extreme perspective than me. I also learned that setbacks and failures are part of ebb and flow (and are ok and natural) and how breaking yourself to make yourself happens many times throughout your lifetime if you have the courage to embrace it. We are ever changing individuals who need to focus on continuously improving ourselves and setting ourselves apart at OUR particular thing. Thank you Sarah for sharing your story and how it wasn't always amazingness in one step to the next in your different roles throughout your career.