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Peak Performance

Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success
Narrated by: Christopher Lane
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6,306 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2018 Audie Award for Best Business/Personal Development Audiobook

"A transfixing book on how to sustain peak performance and avoid burnout" ― Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Option B, Originals, and Give and Take

"An essential playbook for success, happiness, and getting the most out of ourselves." ― Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive and The Sleep Revolution

"I doubt anyone can read Peak Performance without itching to apply something to their own lives." ― David Epstein, New York Times bestselling author of The Sports Gene

A few common principles drive performance, regardless of the field or the task at hand. Whether someone is trying to qualify for the Olympics, break ground in mathematical theory or craft an artistic masterpiece, many of the practices that lead to great success are the same. In Peak Performance, Brad Stulberg, a former McKinsey and Company consultant and journalist who covers health and the science of human performance, and Steve Magness, a performance scientist and coach of Olympic athletes, team up to demystify these practices and demonstrate how everyone can achieve their best. 

The first book of its kind, Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities - from athletic, to intellectual, to artistic - with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains. In doing so, Peak Performance uncovers new linkages that hold promise as performance enhancers but have been overlooked in our traditionally-siloed ways of thinking. The result is a life-changing book in which listeners will learn how to enhance their performance via myriad ways including: optimally alternating between periods of intense work and rest; developing and harnessing the power of a self-transcending purpose; and priming the body and mind for enhanced productivity. 

In revealing the science of great performance and the stories of great performers across a wide range of capabilities, Peak Performance uncovers the secrets of success, and coaches listeners on how to use them. If you want to take your game to the next level, whatever "your game" may be, Peak Performance will teach you how. 

©2016 Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness. (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., under license from Rodale Inc. All rights reserved.

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Good, but

Take breaks
Sleep enough
Meditate
Exercise

There, I saved you an Audible credit.

Although the part about mission is good, it's a short portion of the book.

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Everything in this book is valuable

As someone who is becoming disillusioned with most things self-help, I was pleasantly blown away here. This book offers to the point, scientifically backed insight into getting the most out of yourself and contribute to society in a healthy way. Very good narration does the material justice. Totally worth a credit.

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Took Stephen Covey's 7 Habits to the next level

I really enjoyed this book! It took Stephen Covey's 7 Habits to the next level by helping you simplify your mission statement and put it into action through suggestions and good examples. I especially liked the suggestion to make your goals and life purposes focused on serving others. There were many other pearls as well. Enjoy the read and thank you Marty Vaughn for recommending it!

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Best among sea of similar books

Easy to listen and provided advices are realistic to implement on daily basis. Have listened multiple such books and this is the best so far.

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Ok but not ground breaking

What did you take away from Peak Performance that you can apply to your work?

This provided some simple, usable suggestions on how to avoid getting burnt out.

Any additional comments?

Although this book gave examples of 'peak performance' from both a physical/sports aspect and a work/profession, I found it to be very myopic in that it did not provide any insight on how to handle real world stressors and work-life balance.

The book spoke to opportunities for achievement as 'stressors' and did not touch on how important it is to be able to have a fulfilling work life AND personal life. A lot of the 'peak performer' examples given this book are of people who literally secluded themselves from family and friends to ensure their success. Those people seem to have the luxury of doing such a thing while most people do not.

The book did not give examples of what these peak performers did when their ass was on the line at work and then something horrible happened at home, or vice versa, and they are still *required* to perform in both areas. Those are the real life 'stressors' I was hoping to gain some insight on and not whether I should consider only having one set of clothes in my closet to avoid decision fatigue. How about the big decisions like either I take off work to take my child to the doctor, or I risk losing a project, or getting fired, because it may be given to someone who leadership believes to be more committed to their job?

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Brilliant

If you could sum up Peak Performance in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, action-orientated, powerful

What did you like best about this story?

The combination of great research, lively story telling, useful examples and practical application.

What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Clear and easy to follow with great pace.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES

Any additional comments?

Anyone who whats to be more effective in sports, business or life should read this book. It is the best book I have listened to in 2016 (along with Stretch)

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Needs a PDF

Brings all my favorite books into one resource without the fluff and stats. Good book!

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pulling performance ideas from many sources

I listened to the audio book, which I enjoyed. the authors did a great job of pulling performance-enhancing concepts from many disciplines and weaving then together well...the effect was to show different dimensions of an idea (e.g., how rest affects performance). this format could have been disorienting but was well-executed.

I particularly liked the summaries at the end of each chapter and the book itself; these helped to reinforce the practical steps to peak performance and kept the book from being an abstract thought-piece

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Nothing new

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book is an overview of others' research. If you're familiar with the likes of Kelly McGonigal, Anders Ericsson, Carol Dweck, Angela Duckworth, Benedict Carey, Thomas M. Sterner etc. then you will be disappointed. If you're not familiar with them then this is an OK summary of some of their popular ideas although I would recommend reading the original works of the above researchers/writers.

Has Peak Performance turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. But I would research who the author is more diligently.

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Really Enjoyed It!

Was originally a bit skeptical just by the title and some of the claims. However, I was very pleasantly surprised by this book!

If you are someone who is motivated and enjoys fully committing to an objective, but gets overwhelmed or burnt out this book is for you! They add clarity to the (stress + rest = growth) formula in a way I haven't heard before. They really hammer home this concept and, after reading this book, righteously so.

Love how they also incorporate the most recent science behind the psychology of performance and how to train your brain to think in a way that supports it. Well done!

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  • David
  • 08-09-17

Great.

I really enjoyed this book as it seemed to pull together information taken from other audio books I have already listened to, such as Peak by Anders Ericsson, and gives you a great base plan to start on the journey to peak performance. Recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-18

Great book to read

Amazing techniques to use in our everyday life. Taught me why sleep and rest could also lead to growth. A great book to read for someone who feels guilty to take a break as they're not utilizing their time, a problem I too have (or had). So far, it has been beneficial for me. Hope it'll be so for you as well.

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  • Only me
  • 06-03-18

Heard most of it before but

It was still nice to hear a different take on the topics discussed and the presentation was good.

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  • Mr
  • 11-15-17

What's the fuss about

Bought this on the strength of other reviews.Its not bad but in truth there is nothing new or dynamic in it.-Be mindful, get sleep etc etc.Also if I get another book in this genre that quotes Roger Bannister then I'll scream.Left me disappointed

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  • Alasdair Macdonald
  • 12-23-18

Excellent Practical Advice on Cognitive & Physical Performance Improvement

Brad & Steve have done a great job of synthesising and formulating a very comprehensive, practical and respectful method library for anyone from boardroom exec to aspiring athlete, from those trying to reshape themselves mid career or a kid just starting out. Great lessons for living a life with purpose.

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  • Audie Waterman
  • 01-09-19

awesome book

I loved this book, how close I have been to born out! It is so hard to rest but this book will pivotal to the change.

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  • Yasin
  • 01-08-19

Very practical advice

I found advice given here to be very practical and realistic. I like the fact that it references plenty of studies.

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  • Don Kenneth Isiko
  • 01-01-19

Thank you so much Brad and Chris!

This is exactly the kind of research and advice I needed in my life right now, thanks to the both of you and everyone involved in the making of this book, from the people that supported you to the Peak Performers who were willing to share their stories. Thank you Thank you Thank you!

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  • Gustavo
  • 12-27-18

Profoundly true and science-based wisdom

The title of this book might make you think it’s yet another regular self-help book. On the contrary, it is a profound and science backed compilation/systematization of sustainable performance wisdom. Loved the book. Life changing. Thanks Mr Stulberg and Mr Magness.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-19-18

Great practical insights and lessons.

This has great practical and real world activity and insights. Good arguments backed up by research.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-11-18

Waste of time and money

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

In order to achieve high performance in a clever way, you should get enough sleep, stay away from noisy urban areas and do some meditation or have walk, preferably in nature. Ah, and remember to have regular breaks.

If you've never ever heard of any of these tips, then this book is for you. Otherwise, just don't bother with this audiobook.

What will your next listen be?

Ancient Greek philosophers already had the body and mind balance figured out so I think I'll go for that.

What about Christopher Lane’s performance did you like?

Actually, the performance was the only reason I tried several times to continue with this audiobook. I really enjoyed his pace, tone of his voice and intonation. I really had an impression that he understands what he is reading. Hence the top note for the performance.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Peak Performance?

The whole book is just nonsense. Don't expect to learn anything from it. I mean, you really want to make money on giving advise like "Don't use drug stimulants, better turn to meditation"?

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  • Bilbo Swaggins
  • 08-06-18

Captivating (Will return to this book) Great read

I really found this book interesting. It is definitely a golden book among the sea of self help books. I have hit quite a lot of duds over the last 2 years. But this one really stands out and makes you feel great. It covers the topics in the book in a very interesting manner. It is structured well and hits a lot of points in my opinion perfectly.

The last chapter is a summary of all the points covered over the entirely of the book. Incredibly helpful for those who don't take notes and just want a refresher as it includes a step by step plan. The book wasn't patronizing or clearly obvious, it presented the information in an interesting way. It also seemed to not waffle on, each chapter was well thought out and curated.

Overall, I would return to this book again to listen. The author and reader were quite captivating and lovely to listen/hear from.

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  • Glenn James
  • 01-13-19

Glenn, Australia

An informative text that gets you thinking. Applicable guidance not only for sports but for everyday uses.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-12-18

Very insightful and a great listen.

Very insightful and a great listen. The presenter's voice is easy to listen to and the content eye-opening.

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  • Arlina Pangilinan
  • 07-04-18

lots of tool to help you in any situation

very practical in every aspect of work , life, whether work, social or anything requiring output/ performance or positive change. highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-25-18

A++++

Top shelf content compiled in a very immersive way.
Information found in the book can be applied and used by anyone in any field.

Thanks Brad & Steve for taking the time.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-10-17

Great audio book.

A great listen !!!! The narrator is easy to listen to and is engaging. Highly recommended.

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  • Andrew
  • 11-20-17

excellent and practical

filled with real world stories and examples. throughly worth a read or listen. very enjoyable

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  • Pk
  • 09-11-17

Good ideas but quite verbose.

Really good book with plenty of good suggestions for improving performance quality and avoiding overworkbut there is a tendency to labour points.

Worth a listen once but I'll probably only revisit with a summariser or the last few chapters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-17-17

Awesome book !

Great book, it gives real tips on how to be more productive and the importance of having a purpose in life. Well structured, information is always supported with scientific analysis. Awesomeness is awaiting you !