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Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness

Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, And Thrive With The New Science of Success

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Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness presents a science-backed approach to achieve long-term success. It emphasizes the importance of rest and recovery for enhancing performance and shares tools to optimize physical and mental wellbeing.

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    Technology has globalized the job market and ramped up competition.

    Just a few decades ago, getting a job was a piece of cake. As long as you stood out from the few people in your geographical area who had also applied for the desired job, you had a good chance of landing it. But today, that’s clearly not the case.

    At this point, the job market is akin to a full-blown world war. After all, technological innovations have made it possible to do a number of jobs from anywhere on the globe. As a result, the number of people vying for a limited number of jobs has increased, which has made the competition fiercer than ever.

    To make matters even more difficult, an unprecedented number of people are committing themselves to breaking world records these days, a fact that makes standing out from the pack that much harder. For instance, in 1954, when the British athlete Sir Roger Bannister ran a mile in less than four minutes, lots of people thought his accomplishment represented the outer limits of human performance. But today, more than twenty Americans break that four-minute barrier annually.

    And finally, computers, robots and other forms of artificial intelligence are putting the squeeze on the job market. Just take the e-commerce and cloud-computing company Amazon, which is making human employees redundant by using technology. Since the firm operates entirely online, there’s no need for cashiers or salespeople; Amazon doesn’t even need to pay rent on, or invest in, storefronts.

    The rise of this online monolith has naturally resulted in the bankruptcy of some brick-and-mortar competitors, like the bookseller Borders, which previously employed over 35,000 people.

    To take things to an even higher level, Amazon is now looking into using drones to deliver its products, which may eliminate the need for human workers altogether.

    The point is, machines are getting smarter every day and coming for an ever-greater percentage of jobs.

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    What is Peak Performance about?

    Peak Performance (2017) employs success stories, case studies and various examples of athletes, artists and intellectuals to give you a crash course in performance. These blinks explain why performance became so integral to society in the first place and how you can be your best.

    Peak Performance Review

    Peak Performance (2017) by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness is a book that explores the secrets behind achieving peak performance in any area of life. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It provides practical strategies backed by science to help individuals optimize their performance and reach their full potential.
    • The authors combine real-life stories and research to make the content relatable and interesting, keeping readers engaged throughout.
    • With its insights into the psychology of peak performance, the book offers valuable tools to unlock excellence and maintain high performance levels.

    Who should read Peak Performance?

    • Athletes who want to take their game to the next level
    • Artists who want to become experts in their field
    • Anyone interested in self-improvement or boosting their success

    About the Author

    Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness are both experts on human performance.

    Stulberg worked at McKinsey and Company and has coached some of the top business executives in the world.

    Magness holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and has coached Olympic athletes.

    Together, their writing has been featured in publications such as the BBC, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal and NPR.

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    Peak Performance FAQs 

    What is the main message of Peak Performance?

    Achieve your best by embracing a sustainable and balanced approach to performance.

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    Is Peak Performance a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Peak Performance is worth reading as it offers practical insights and strategies for improving performance.

    Who is the author of Peak Performance?

    Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness are the authors of Peak Performance.

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