8 Ways to Great: Peak Performance on the Job and in Your Life

The Founder of Inspire Leadership & focuses on unlocking people’s potential by providing them with programs; mentorship and coaching into high performance

By:- Doug Hirschhorn

Dr. Doug is a Wall Street elite who provides us with the eight peak performance principles which when combined with action will lead us to a place called extra-ordinary. This book will help you discover the success secrets of top performers who thrive in today's toughest frontline on any kind of a job. The book will help you shift your game to become exceptional. The book is well written and provides practical examples that help you understand exactly what he is recommending. The practical tools that Dr. Doug provides can be used by anyone no matter what their profession or personal goals-to breakthrough, self-defeating behaviors and deluded thinking to truly excel are. The eight principles in summary are; 

  1. Let your true passion be your core motivation - This is about determining your core motivation and once you know your “why," you do what you do in a much better way and eventually achieve your vision.
  2. Develop self-awareness and use what you know about both your strengths and weaknesses - when you know your strengths and weaknesses, you will be able to concentrate on what you do best and your weaknesses will not become an obstacle.
  3. Set goals and game plans; learn to love this process because everything revolves around it- A game plan is a must for success. The bigger goal needs to be broken into a series of short-term goals whose achievement is within your control. Following the plan is a process that will keep you focused on what you need to do and help you move to the next level. You must love the process and the journey to get to success.
  4. Identify your competitive advantage, that is, what sets you apart and what will turn the odds in your favor - This is about carrying out your SWOT analysis and determining what differentiate you from other people in your field to give you an advantage.
  5. Develop inner confidence that keeps you from judging yourself based on other people’s standards and expectations - This is about running your race and not judging yourself based on your abilities only. Aim for your personal best and don’t limit yourself by comparing yourself with others.
  6. Keep your cool and don't let emotions dictate your decisions. - Fortitude is key- sometimes we will fear and it is okay, but the important thing in every situation is to do what is needed even if your ego is driving you to do something different.
  7. Take risks and at the same time act intelligently with imperfect information. There is never a perfect opportunity and information to make a decision - We all need to be comfortable in making decisions without perfect information and being okay with that. This is a big challenge to many of us and the moment we follow this rule; goodness will follow us.
  8. Be accountable - We need to be accountable to ourselves, our goals and others. The best way to achieve this is to have a journal and to have a mastermind group. Also, a support group to your mission will be key to make sure you are always on the right track.

Overall, it is a good book, readable and interesting, simple concepts well detailed, but very deep.  The book will help you to reassess your plans, both personal and professional. In my view this should be a MUST read for anyone who wants to make a difference in this world. 

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