Extreme You

Step Up. Stand Out. Kick Ass. Repeat.
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (117 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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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.

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LOVED this Book!

Well written! To the point, but still entertaining, this book kept me wanting to hear more -- sometimes that meant even sitting in my car when I had already arrived at my destination!

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Practical and Inspiring

What a great book this was! I loved her real life examples of hers and others. Definitely inspiring and left you with food for thought about your own life. Highly recommend for anyone who is looking to hone your strengths, do something different, or need a new perspective on their career.

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some excellent insights although good bit was a struggle to get through.
not fond of the narration. that up talk thing is so annoying.
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thanks for your work

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There is no finish line

What a great read. Over the last few weeks, I have invested by time in the car listening to this book. Truly inspirational and confirmed a number of my thought and approaches to my career and life in general. Thank you!

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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.