The New Science of Working Less to Accomplish More
by John Eliot, Ph.D. | Portfolio Hardcover © 2004 · 288 pages

If you're looking to live an extraordinary life, this great book lays out the new model for rockin' it. In the Note, we'll explore some Big Ideas on how to get into your Trusting Mindset where you just let it rip as you eat stress like an energy bar and put yourself on super pilot. Remember that everyone who's ever made history was a nut… until they did what they said they'd do and then they were a genius.

Great performers are, by definition, abnormal.
John Eliot, Ph.D.

“Overachievement is aimed at people who want to maximize their potential. And to do that, I insist you throw caution at the wind, ignore the pleas of parents, coaches, spouses, and bosses to be ‘realistic.’ Realistic people do not accomplish extraordinary things because the odds of success stymie them. The best performers ignore the odds. I will show that instead of limiting themselves to what’s probable, the best will pursue the heart-pounding, exciting, really big, difference-making dreams—so long as catching them might be possible.”

~ Dr. John Eliot from Overachievement

If you’re into achieving greatness and love to see the hero in action—whether it’s Tiger Woods coming back for the playoff win or a great rock star performing live—you’ll love this book.

John Eliot, relative of T. S. Eliot and a long line of Harvard Presidents, is brilliant. He’s one of the world’s leading authorities on peak performers and isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo of high performance. He’s also a great writer. And, this book is an incredibly fun, inspiring read—with Eliot’s articulate and brilliantly blunt explanations of what makes the great performers perform greatly.

You’ll learn to kick the deep breathing relaxation habits during pressure situations and, instead, to eat the stress like a Power Bar. You’ll learn how to turn your cerebral cortex off like a squirrel scurrying across a high wire (who doesn’t want that, eh?! :) and a bunch of other tricks of the Overachieving trade.

As with so many of these great books, Overachievement is a tough one to condense into a few pages because there is SO MUCH goodness in it. So, let’s get to work!

The book has two parts: 1. The “what” of Overachievement where we get “Inside the Minds of the Overachiever”; and, 2. The “how” on “Becoming an Overachiever.”

We’ll start with the most important part of the minds of the Overachiever:

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About the author


John Eliot, Ph.D.

Professor of management & performance psychology