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Lewis Howes

A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy

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The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes is a motivational book that shares insights from successful individuals about achieving greatness. It provides practical tools for self-improvement and inspires readers to pursue their passions and live a fulfilling life.

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    Greatness 101: living with purpose

    While greatness might be associated most often with conquerors and kings, what it means to be great isn’t one-size-fits-all. The definition of greatness will be different for everyone, in fact, because there’s so many different things in this world to be great at, and so many ways to be great at them. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t common ground, and common habits, among individuals that achieve greatness across all spheres of life. 

    What makes someone a great parent, leader, artist, athlete, or spouse, is not about achieving some external benchmark. Greatness is about living up to your own ideals, accomplishing your personal goals, and fulfilling your own life’s purpose. It's about living your full potential, and doing it with the mindful awareness that brings your full presence to the journey along the way.

    So the first step on the road to greatness is an inward one: cultivating the vision for what living your full potential might look like. This isn’t the familiar question, “What do you want to do with your life?” It’s deeper than that. To achieve greatness you have to ask yourself who you dream of being, what it is that you are passionate about, how you want to live, and what legacy you’d like to leave behind when your life’s journey ends.

    And while vision starts with a dream, it doesn’t end there. What makes a vision powerful is when it's coupled with an actual plan. So, cultivating your own vision has to be as specific, and personal, as possible. A great way to get clear on what living your full potential might look like is to start by imagining one perfect day.

    How would you start your day, if you were living your dream? Would you begin spending time with your loved ones? In meditation? Perhaps exercising for physical health, or grounding yourself in nature? Your ideal day might include honing your craft, growing your business or motivating others through your leadership. 

    Writing out an ideal schedule can give you important insight into your priorities and how you want to spend your time. Be sure to include details like how many hours you spend on work, on hobbies or interests, and connecting with friends and family. These are important clues to what you truly value, and how you’d like to spend your most valuable resource: your time.

    Holding this vision firmly in mind, it's time to tackle the obstacles.

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    What is The School of Greatness about?

    The School of Greatness (2015) draws on the author’s own journey and his extensive research into what it takes to lead an inspiring and meaningful life. This includes his many interviews and conversations on the topic with leading figures including entrepreneurs, artists and athletes on his podcast of the same name. 

    The School of Greatness Review

    The School of Greatness (2015) is an inspiring and practical book that guides readers towards unlocking their own greatness. Here are three reasons why this book is definitely worth reading:

    • Packed with actionable strategies and exercises, it empowers readers to take control of their lives and achieve their full potential.
    • The book combines inspiring stories of successful individuals with practical advice, providing a roadmap for personal and professional growth.
    • With its engaging and relatable writing style, The School of Greatness manages to captivate readers, making personal development an exciting journey of discovery.

    Who should read The School of Greatness?

    • Personal developers looking for practical, actionable advice
    • Aspiring leaders seeking daily habits to achieve their goals
    • Anyone looking to live a more meaningful, inspiring life

    About the Author

    Lewis Howes is a former professional athlete, successful entrepreneur and sought-after business coach. He is the host of The School of Greatness podcast, and a frequent speaker on topics of personal development.

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    The main message of The School of Greatness is to discover your passion and unleash your full potential.

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    The author of The School of Greatness is Lewis Howes.

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