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Best-selling author Shawn Achor shows how to unlock hidden sources of potential in ourselves and others.

In a world that thrives on competition and individual achievement, we are measuring and pursuing potential all wrong. By pursuing success in isolation - pushing others away as we push ourselves too hard - we are not just limiting our potential, we are becoming more stressed and disconnected than ever.

In his highly anticipated follow-up to The Happiness Advantage, Achor reveals a better approach. Drawing on his work in 50 countries, he shows that success and happiness are not competitive sports. Rather, they depend almost entirely on how well we connect with, relate to, and learn from each other.

Just as happiness is contagious, every dimension of human potential - performance, intelligence, creativity, leadership ability and health - is influenced by those around us. So when we help others become better, we reach new levels of potential, as well. Rather than fighting over scraps of the pie, we can expand the pie instead.

Small Potential is the limited success we can attain alone. BIG Potential is what we can achieve together. Here, Achor offers five strategies - the SEEDS of Big Potential - for lifting the ceiling on what we can achieve while returning happiness and meaning to our lives.

The dramatic shifts in how we approach work today demand an equally dramatic shift in our approach to success. Big Potential offers a new path to thriving in the modern world.

©2018 Shawn Achor (P)2018 Random House Audio

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absolutely incredible book!

absolutely loved this book, I have listened to it three times already just because I cannot get enough of it!. John has an amazing way to tell personal stories, stories from very successful places like Harvard and all of the different companies he's worked for, and all of his advice is highly data-driven which is something that I really appreciate. Definitely worth the listen! Highly recommend

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Inspiring and empowering!

Thank you! Inspiring and empowering! I have already recommended it to several people. The book was based on research without being too technical.

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Ponder your Potenrial

A good book to help us ponder on how we envision our futures and how we impact others in the process.

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Required Read

I have been assigned to read this book as a management building exercise. It's TERRIBLE! I suppose as a Baby Boomer, I've heard & read all of this stuff. What a waste of money!!!

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Big Potential big shift in thinking and being

Thank you Shawn Achor for writing this book. I listened to it on Audible in a few days! Fascinated by the words and the science it makes sense to me. How we need to shift our thinking and being. I am inspired! Tove

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A Must Read for Managers

Great insight and inspiration for managers seeking better ways to motivate, inspire others to motivate and foster collaboration. This book is the follow-up to The Happiness Advantage which was also an easy listen and begins the journey into Shawn’s research in positive psychology. Highly recommend both!

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I’m a HUGE fan

I’m a fan of this TX man but maybe I’m biased because I’m from the great state... but I was a fan of his first book and this one doesn’t disappoint! Great advice that can be used in your personal life and work life. I’ve taken so much away that I believe has honestly made me a better person and leader.

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Enlightening Book!

I'll be sharing with my teams friends and family in the Hope's of increasing our Big Potential

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Very well done, the power of positive thinking,

This book came to my attention while listening to a favorite business podcast. The author, whom was interviewed on the program, has innumerable suggestions for positive ways to approach different problems: some seemingly obvious, but others hardly intuitive.

There are several ‘ah-ha’ moments, as he opens Pandora’s box on some simple research psychology, as well as expanding on other more complex thought processes. The authors’s gifted ability to create the manuscript is parallel by his natural ability to narrate the production, as well.


Special thanks to the author for taking the time to create the audible version of his book, as life is so hurried I would not likely have the opportunity to read the book otherwise.

Disclosures: None. I have no financial connections with the author, publisher, or any of their respective affiliates, nor do I have any family, friends, or acquaintances affiliated with this publication, nor did I receive a free copy of the book, or compensation for reviewing the book.

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Shawn Achor does it again!

This book is refreshing and uplifting, filled with great nuggets to implement to be happier and achieve more in life.