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Overachievement

On the flight to West Palm Beach I read the book Overachievement by John Eliot (via Summaries.com). The book had some great insight on overachievers and performing and high levels.  It was very though provoking and I recommend the read. Here are the highlights!

The Myths of HIgh Performance
    1. Use your head
    2. Relax
    3. Know your limits
    4. Set goals
    5. Work Hard
    6. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
    7. Don’t be overconfident
    8. Be a team player
    9. Learn from your mistakes
    10. Minimize your risks

The Realities of Overachievers
    1. Don’t try to think too far ahead- but focus on performing well in the present moment
    2. Embrace stress- and use it to put an edge on the level of your performance
    3. Understand there are no limits- you can literally achieve whatever you choose
    4. Replace goal setting with vigorous action and intense motivation
    5. Stop working at what you’re doing and start playing instead. Get inspired, not tired
    6. All your eggs should be in one basket so you’ll be single minded
    7. Be irrationally confident bordering on arrogance to get the best out of yourself
    8. Realize that by definition, an exceptional performer cannot be a team player
    9. High achievers dwell on what they do well and spend little or no time saying sorry
    10. Risk equals regards to overachieve, there must be the challenge of uncertainty

Key statements that hit me the hardest:
“At times, humans complicate things too much. Instead of simply doing the task at hand as well as possible, we sometimes start thinking about the many background issues and flow-on results further down the road. We get so busy thinking about all the peripheral issues that we ignore the need to execute the task at hand as well as possible, and end up chocking because we worry too much.”

“As admirable as the work hard ethic is, if you give your all to your job, all you end up being is an over motivated underachiever.”

“The human body is hardwired to perform better under stress. Therefore, view every pressure moment as an opportunity to show how good you really are.”

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