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According to John Eliot, Ph. Relaxing when the pressure is on is the wrong way to go. Mixing scientific insights with entertaining and inspiring stories, Overachievement will help you achieve spectacular success in any situation that demands you rise above and beyond what you ever thought possible.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Overachievement by John Eliot. Focus on the outcome. Lose yourself to the Zone.

All reasonable, sensible advice when you are facing a big presentation at work, a crucial point in the game, or any kind of career-launching performance. And all utterly, hopelessly, wrong. Paperbackpages. Published April 25th by Portfolio Trade first published October 7th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Overachievement: The New Science of Working Less to Accomplish More

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Sep 07, Matthew Lp added it. Long-winded in the second half. Everyone in the world should read the chapter on dreams. During performance, empty your mind and focus wordlessly on what you are doing. Thoughts, even those regarding what your performance, will rob valuable resources from your performing mind.

Still, thoughtful training is valuable as preparation. Feelings of pressure, stress, and butterflies in your stomach signal the arousal of the sympathetic nervous system. It’s arousal will enh Invaluable insights. It’s arousal will enhance performance as your body mobilizes its resources for action.

Risk living in your own reality, the reality you like. People will say you’re crazy until they say you’re right. Wild dreams will motivate wildly, and there is no shame in bold failure.

Even the dream with the lowest probability of being achieved can provide you with a lifetime of excitement, helping you step over the trivial disappointments in life, giving you something to work toward, making you feel content that you are living life to the fullest, right to the end of your days.

Chances are that’s where your dream lies. Put all your eggs in one basket. Grab onto the thing that will separate you from the herd, something you love intrinsically, and go for it all out. Believe in yourself “utterly and without question. Whether it does or not is immaterial. It is belief in success, not social superiority.


Focus on the actions of the moment utterly. Choose a target and pursue it doggedly. Develop a pre-performance routine to “make that transition into a state of intense, in-the-moment concentration, and to help you eliminate assessment, judgment, and critique. Develop a philosophy of performance simple and personal to help remind you of the attitude you need. Apr 29, Suhrob rated it did not like it.

To quote the book blurb: Eliot selects a few super-achievers, finds they do X, so overzchievement you do X you’ll become a super-achiever. But no worries, there are several other types of grievous mistakes. So yes, this is a fantastic book. But only if you use it to teach about logical fallacies. Despite its claim of scientificness and boasting with the “PhD” it contains no real references, but a ton of sport-anecdotes.

Jul 04, Gala Asis rated it it was amazing. Inspires an interesting change of perspective: To overachkevement oneself down in high-stress situations is to disarm oneself of optimum-performance fight mode. Trust your self, your skills, your dreams, and do it.

Focus on the task at hand and release the need to control the outcome Be clear on what you want to accomplish, and go for it. Waste no time calculating every step- trust Awesome. Waste no time calculating every step- trust the flow and move one step at a time. Waste no time evaluating probabilities- a possibility is good enough.

Now is the time to perform. There will be time to evaluate your actions later. Give Plan A your all. Commit to your dreams. Revel in being weird- extraordinary people are away from ordinary. Jan 07, Greg Little rated it it was amazing. One of my all-time favorites. Channel your inner-squirrel to tap into your true ability to kick butt. There is a difference between training mode and performance.

When it’s time to perform, the time for training is over. You must trust the training you’ve already done, and just do it. Jul 07, Harish B rated it really liked johj. Wow is the word I would overachievemetn to describe this book. Very inspiring and very bold take on performance beyond ordinary. A must read for ambitious folks. Nov 02, Phillip rated it really liked it Shelves: Eliot’s “Overachievement” is just the thing to read on the eave of one’s 50th birthday.

For me, the past few months have been a time of reflection about the things I have done and the things I want to accomplish in order to make my 50s the best decade of my life. With the desire to do things I was attracted to this book written by performance in business, sports, entertainment, etc. John Eliot of the neuroscience department of Rice University. Eliot challenges the reader to disc Dr.


Eliot challenges the reader to discover the thing he or she actually loves to do and to invest all of the self into excelling at it. This, as opposed to investing in a credential or career that will make one wealthy or that one ‘ought’ to pursue because it is the sensible thing to do. Eliot’s reasoning is that success will come from the process of joyfully pursuing the thing one loves. The sensible course will be a drudgery all of the way. The joyfully pursued process is the certain and immediate reward that one can count on.

Anything more is gravy, but gravy is more likely to happen if one has the dedication found in this approach to anything. Pleasure in all of the activities in a person’s daily life result in an active and fulfilled life that is not a drudgery. Among these tools is the distinction between the acting or “Trusting Mindset” and the “Training Mindset”.

When it is time to perform the performer focuses only upon performance, everything else, including self-evaluation is a distraction that detracts from instead of adding to the action in hand.

He describes overachievers as exceptional thinkers. What he means by this is an overachiever has the ability to create his or her own lens by which he or she sees the world and self.

Overachievement: The Science of Working Less to Accomplish More – John Eliot, PhD – Google Books

This as opposed to ordinary people whose view of the world is distorted by the lens view of others. Of particular interest to me is his claim that the physical feelings of nervousness or butterflies in the stomach are performance enhancers that we should embrace and come to love, instead of to avoid. He claims people mistakenly avoid situations in which they feel this discomfort because they mistake them for anxiety.

He claims that pverachievement not have the discomfort is an indicator that the person is not engaged enough or that the challenge is not providing enough pressure to matter to the person. But, a person who takes on challenges sliot cause butterflies joh engaging at a level that will give satisfaction during the process of performing and will be significant enough to lead to pride in one’s skill and accomplishment.

The book provides more tools for the reader to move toward a life of overachievement. It illustrates its many points with examples from the lives of famous people.

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