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Publisher's Summary

Most of us believe that we will finally feel satisfied and content with our lives when we get the good news we have been waiting for, find a healthy relationship, or achieve one of our personal goals. However, this rarely happens. Good fortune is often followed by negative emotions that overtake us and result in destructive behaviors. "I don't deserve this," "this is too good to be true," or any number of harmful thought patterns prevent us from experiencing the joy and satisfaction we have earned.

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

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A must read.....

I listened to this in a week and there are so many gems of wisdom I’ll definitely listen again soon!! As I get ready to retire from the army and jump into the business world it really made me think about everything I need to do, be and focus on in the next chapter of my life! Thank you Gay for the words of wisdom!

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Great book!!!

I loved it and have been listening and relistening to it! highly recommended by me!!! :D was told about it by a good friend.

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a book I will definitely listen to again

A lot of great practical ideas, and Hendricks gives a unique perspective on the challenges we all face in life. An enjoyable listen that I will return to again in the future.

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very relevant for high performers

So if you are a high performer and wondering how do I really get fulfilled, carry my work to the next level and if you need to make changes in your career and life to feel less stressed and burnt out (without reducing your success), this is definitely the book for you.

if you are "left brained" like me you might be tempted to dismiss the book at first as another BS lifestyle book based on feel good opinion rather than a rigorous basis. But once you go beyond the philosophical language and the languaging around the theories, it actually has great substance and relevance. I attended a course on Authentic Leadership at Harvard and this has some of the same principles, just stated in more philosophical language and more focus on getting true meaning out of life.

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Absolutely delightful!

It was very easy to listen to. I have recommended it to many people even before I finished it.

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Great perceptual motivation

as I look back over my life i can see how I have continuously hit my upper limit.

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Great book!

I loved this book! Recommended it to plenty of people! Love that the author read it. 👍

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Life-changing

This is my second time through this book and I always get more and more out of the wisdom and practices! This is absolutely life-changing I think the simplest, yet most profound way.

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blind spot awareness + positive view

really great for contstant blind spot awareness and positive outlook. overall very grateful for this knowledge, thank u.

i didn't identify with some of the sayings, maybe they just seem dated, but they made the point.

also made me laugh at points that he seems so sure to a point that there isn't another veiw point, almost dogmatic which almost put me off, but well worth pushing through as so many great insights

thanks again for all ur efforts in this book, hope this is received with the love it's intended with 💟

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Incredibly inspiring!

I will most definitely be listening to this again! I highly recommend it to anyone looking to better themselves, their relationships, their careers, and their lives!

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  • Shona Harris
  • 09-09-16

Excellent listen, great inspiration

If you could sum up The Big Leap in three words, what would they be?

Life changing listen

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Big Leap?

just do it

Have you listened to any of Gay Hendricks’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no but i will be

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

overwhelming but inspiring

Any additional comments?

Something i think i will refer to often throughout my life

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  • Mrs D Daodu
  • 08-07-16

Absolutely enlightening

I love the way it is written and read

I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. I especially recommend the book to those ready to learn more about themselves on a journey to improving the way they feel.

Thank you Gay

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  • Anne N.
  • 07-14-16

I got it!

Pretty easy to understand and an easy voice to listen to. I was able to bring other things I have learnt in the past and build on it.

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  • K. Rouse
  • 09-14-15

Fantastic

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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  • Breanna Blackman
  • 05-20-15

New Concepts

Even if you don't read the whole book the information you can gain about time is powerful and if you use the concept you will easily have the time to read the whole book and do everything you truly desire

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  • Lisha
  • 04-25-17

A great listen!

I didn't get into the paperback book but the Audible version is brilliant! Thank you!

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  • Ains
  • 09-04-16

A Gamechanger

Loved this! Lots of practical activities to do and has definitely shone a light on my own upper level problem. I have some work to do but am so excited that I now have a roadmap to do that.

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