This is our second Note on one of Ian Robertson’s books.
I basically read them both back to back. Well, technically, I read his most recent book () then ordered this one then read by David Shenk while I waited for Amazon to deliver this one then read it the day I got it. It was a good week. :)
As we discussed in our other Notes, Ian is one of the world’s preeminent neuropsychologists. He’s both a clinical psychologist AND a neuroscientist—which is a rare combination.
In The Stress Test he walks us through the neuroscience of “How Pressure Can Make You Stronger and Sharper.” In this book, he walks us through “The Neuroscience of Success and Failure.” They’re both FASCINATING reads. (Get a copy of this one .)
Before we jump in, I want to make one thing REALLY CLEAR.
If we want to “win” in life—in every sense of that word—we need to KNOW (!) that it ALL starts with our beliefs about ourselves. The most important core belief? We need to KNOW (!!!) that, with effort and perseverance, we CAN get smarter, healthier and happier.
In the first chapter, Ian leans heavily on Carol Dweck’s research. We’ve talked about her wisdom many times and have Notes on two of her books: and . As I read this book, I was reminded of JUST how essential her wisdom is.
So… If you haven’t read and absorbed and started practicing the wisdom from those Notes yet (for yourself AND for your kids/family/colleagues/clients/etc.), I HIGHLY recommend you get on that.
Note: This is PhilosophersNote #603. I’m pretty sure I’ve never used an Introductory blurb to make a point like that. So… Yah. I feel strongly about it. :)
With that, let’s jump in. This book is packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share some of my favorites to help you WIN TODAY.