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Brendon Burchard

How Extraordinary People Become That Way

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High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard is a practical guide to achieving extraordinary results. It draws from extensive research in psychology, neuroscience, and high-performance athletics to offer six habits that can accelerate your success and fulfillment.

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    The key to high performance isn’t personality or inherent gifts; it’s good habits and high confidence.

    Have you ever met someone who makes it all look so easy? Maybe she’s earned multiple degrees while working two jobs, all without breaking a sweat. Or maybe he’s the kind of guy with a Midas touch, and every project he tackles turns into a smashing success. Chances are they’re what’s known as a high performer.

    The author, Brendon Burchard, has conducted one of the biggest studies on high performance in history, examining people from over 190 countries to understand exactly how they achieve their long-term success.

    He concluded that gender, race, age and personality traits have very little to do with high performance. What really matters are certain key habits, like keeping yourself physically fit.

    In other words, it’s not who you are, but rather what you do that’s important. The author also discovered that these habits didn’t form by accident. High performers took them on deliberately.

    Now, don’t confuse these habits with “life hacks” or some simple, magical changes that take zero effort to implement. High performers outperform their peers because they consciously and consistently practice these habits.

    Another common trait is their confidence in being able to master even difficult tasks, like big new projects at work or learning new languages. Again, this isn’t an inherent trait; it’s an earned confidence achieved through diligent practice.

    This is good news for you, as it means you too can gain this confidence through practice. With continued practice, you’ll gain more knowledge, master more skills, and your confidence will grow, making it easier to keep learning and growing. This loop of continual growth and self-improvement is the hallmark of high performance.

    So far, so good, right? Now, without further ado, let’s look at those habits.

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    What is High Performance Habits about?

    High Performance Habits (2017) explores the six habits that can turn an ordinary person into an extraordinarily productive one. Performance coach Brendon Burchard draws on the data and statistics from one of the largest studies of the world’s most productive people ever conducted to explore their habits and find out what makes them tick.

    “Burchard’s research into the habits of high performers across the globe unearths some fascinating and practical insights. For example, did you know that you’ll be more motivated to do something if you think you’re doing it for someone else’s sake?” – Ben H, Head of Content at Blinkist

    High Performance Habits Review

    High Performance Habits (2017) is a thought-provoking book that uncovers the key habits of high achievers and provides actionable strategies for personal and professional success. Here's what sets this book apart:

    • It offers practical insights into the habits that successful individuals incorporate into their lives, allowing readers to implement these habits themselves.
    • Through scientific research, interviews, and case studies, the book offers a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to reach peak performance.
    • The author's engaging storytelling style makes the content come alive, ensuring that readers stay engaged throughout and find the book far from dull.

    Best quote from High Performance Habits

    Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

    —Brendon Burchard
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    Who should read High Performance Habits?

    • Workers who wish to improve job performance
    • Students interested in the habits of extraordinary people
    • Readers who want to be healthier and happier

    About the Author

    Brendon Burchard is among the world’s most successful high-performance coaches and the founder of the Experts Academy and High Performance Academy. He is also the best-selling author of books such as The Motivation Manifesto, The Millionaire Messenger and The Charge.

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    The main message of High Performance Habits is that certain habits and behaviors can lead to extraordinary success.

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