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Do you ever wonder whether it’s possible to be a person or company of honor and still succeed in today’s world? If your fellow athletes take steroids and you don’t, will you make the team? If you tell the truth but your competitors lie, will you go out of business? After decades of working with dozens of top athletes and executives, coach Jim Loehr argues persuasively that success stems from achievement based on your values and purpose. He teaches that no matter how enormous your gains, if you lie or cheat to attain them – or even if you achieve them honestly but for the wrong reasons – you will fail. Loehr doesn’t preach; rather, he compellingly – if a bit repetitively – asks you to define what you stand for and then to implement the standards you value as you compete, rather than pursuing only extrinsic rewards. getAbstract recommends this substantive manual to those who seek meaning from their work, to leaders trying to build sustainable cultures, and to parents striving to raise children with good values.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why even your greatest accomplishments may not satisfy you,
  • How to gain real fulfillment by strengthening your character and aligning your efforts to your values, and
  • How to encourage those you influence to do the same.

About the Author

Performance psychologist Jim Loehr is a sports and business coach who has written 15 books including The Power of Story.



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    Kian Fit 2 years ago
    Unbelievably incredible 
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    Per Klemming 5 years ago
    This one pulled my strings with using a few words like "success stems from achievements based upon your values and purpose". All it took to get my mojo vibrate.
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    Paul Misner 5 years ago
    As a Christian, I found this book to be a good compliment to good biblical teachings. Christians already know their purpose in life, to glorify and serve God, to love and serve their fellow man, and to be a good steward of the blessings that God has given us, using them to service others and glorify God.
    Doing the actions recommended in this book, like keeping score, and developing a personal mission statement, will help align our actions with our mission. A great read, worth the time.

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