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The central premise of Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson’s fresh look at the barriers you face in realizing your potential or achieving life breakthroughs is that you don’t have “problems,” you have “plateaus.” Some plateaus are behavioral, others are psychological – and all in your head – while some are societal and others, biological. You encounter plateaus when you go along with the consensus, when your life lacks diversity, when you fail to manage your time, when you seek perfection and when the fear of failure keeps you from trying new things. The book is longer than it needs to be and its attempts at humor mostly fall flat, but getAbstract recommends the authors’ insights to anyone feeling stuck in a rut and looking for a way out.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why you can get stuck on plateaus in all aspects of your life,
  • What methods you can use to recognize the warning signs of being on a plateau and
  • What actions you can take to either avoid plateaus or break away from them.

About the Authors

Bob Sullivan is a New York Times best-selling author and a top online journalist who reports on fraud in the US. Hugh Thompson is a professor, speaker and executive adviser about cybersecurity.



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