The School of Greatness

A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy
by Lewis Howes | Rodale Books © 2015 · 272 pages

Ready to attend The School of Greatness? Awesome. Lewis Howes shares his lecture notes from 200+ interviews with extraordinary humans for his uber-popular podcast. Lessons include Creating a Vision + Turning Adversity into Advantage, and Flexing Your Hustle Muscle. To greatness!

What The School of Greatness is going to teach you is, first and foremost, what is great and special about you. Most people think greatness or being great is external to themselves, that it’s something you acquire or add on. That is not true. Greatness is something that is unearthed and cultivated from within.
Lewis Howes

“The place I am talking about is more like Plato’s cave than the red circle on the TED stage. My amazing mentors did not speak to me for 18 minutes and then disappear into the ether; they sat across from me, literally and virtually, and brought me out from the shadows into the light of real knowledge. How did this happen? I’m still not entirely sure, but there is one thing I know beyond any doubt: They fired my passion to sit across from you, through the pages of this book, and share their teachings with you.

I’ve come to call this place the School of Greatness.

It’s not your stereotypical school. There are no classrooms. No homework. No principal or dean enforcing rules or even tracking attendance…

With The School of Greatness, you will learn how to recognize and harness this potential. You will come to understand the importance of dreams and the tools that exist within you to make those dreams a reality. The School of Greatness is not a bag of tricks and hacks. It’s not a boot camp. It’s a way of life, a way of living. When you want to lose weight and keep it off, you don’t go on a diet, because diets are about artificial restriction. They’re miserable. Instead, you change your lifestyle to match your goals. This is the same thing. The School of Greatness is a lifestyle for a lifetime that you are going to love.”

~ Lewis Howes from The School of Greatness

The School of Greatness.

I get a smile just typing that.

I’ve always been passionate about understanding what makes great people great—that .000001% who go out and make a huge difference in the world. When I decided to give myself a Ph.D. in Optimal Living, I joked that it was with an emphasis in Greatness—specifically, how each of us can optimize our lives and actualize our potential in service to the world.

Lewis Howes is a former All-American decathlete + football player turned entrepreneur who decided to meet and interview extraordinary people and figure out what made them great.

Enter: His uber-popular podcast called The School of Greatness—which has been downloaded millions of times since launching in 2013. (Fun fact: I’ve only ever listened to one podcast by my friend Tripp Lanier. Constraints = Freedom —> I read books!! :)

This book is, as Lewis describes it, his notes on the lessons he’s learned from his mentors. It’s a quick, inspiring read written with a fun, young energy. If you’re looking for a good place to start your optimizing journey I think you’ll dig it. (Get the book here.)

It’s packed with a bunch of Big Ideas and I’m excited to share some of my favorites so let’s jump straight in!

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About the author


Lewis Howes

Entrepreneur, investor, athlete, author, and Founder of The School of Greatness.