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John Eliot
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Over Achievement

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  248 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
"As Dr. Eliot has discovered through years of cutting-edge research in cognitive neuroscience and real-world coaching, techniques such as goal-setting, relaxation, visualization, stress management, and flow just don't work for most people. He's proven that at high levels of business, medicine, entertainment, and sports, relaxing when the pressure is on is the wrong way to ...more
Published (first published October 7th 2004)
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Matthew Lp
Invaluable insights. Long-winded in the second half. Everyone in the world should read the chapter on dreams.

1. 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.
1a. Still, thoughtful training is valuable as preparation.
2. Feelings of pressure, stress, and butterflies in your stomach signal the arousal of the sympathetic nervous system. It's arousal will enh
Apr 29, 2015 Suhrob rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To quote the book blurb: "And all utterly, hopelessly, wrong."

Basic recipe: Eliot selects a few super-achievers, finds they do X, so if 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.


Gala Balaguer
Jul 04, 2014 Gala Balaguer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Awesome. Inspires an interesting change of perspective: when nervous, don't calm down. "Everything your body does to you when the pressure is on is for good performance". To calm 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 ...more
Greg Little
Jan 07, 2013 Greg Little rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Harish B
Jul 07, 2016 Harish B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow is the word I would use to describe this book. Very inspiring and very bold take on performance beyond ordinary. A must read for ambitious folks.
Dr. 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.) trainer Dr. John Eliot of the neuroscience department of Rice University.

Eliot challenges the reader to disc
Sep 01, 2013 Sandeep rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolute must read if you want to maximize your potential and be at top of your game. I was blown away when John Eliot explains his research on why goal setting, relaxation, visualization, stress management, and flow just don’t work for most people. He offers counterintuitive and unconventional concepts which he calls "Definitely Put All Your Eggs in One Basket," "Think Like a Squirrel," and "Butterflies Are a Good Thing"—that teaches you to thrive on pressure and not just endure it ...more
Sep 12, 2010 Ninakix rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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When I was in high school and ski racing, I used to refer to this book jokingly as my "bible." I didn't feel a lot of the other books on sports psychology really got it right, and didn't make me preform better. When I started reading this book, I realized it was a continuation of a lot of the ideas that my coach and I had been discussing. A lot of the newer sports psychology I read about seems to align with many of the ideas in this book. I found it really helpful to read and consider, especiall ...more
dasist winter
Feb 12, 2013 dasist winter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellence starts with the state of one's mind, and the points laid out in Overachievement are simple, to the point, no nonsense, and poignant. The author's voice is positive, encouraging, and inspiring as well. I felt I could put into practice what I read without feeling overwhelmed or confused. I appreciated the plethora of examples in this book, but I must admit, I got lost with all the sports references. I know nothing about baseball, golf, and football so I had to rely on context to make se ...more
Leader Summaries
Desde Leader Summaries recomendamos la lectura del libro Logros extraordinarios, de John Eliot.
Las personas interesadas en las siguientes temáticas lo encontrarán práctico y útil: habilidades directivas, gestión del tiempo y técnicas de productividad.
En el siguiente enlace tienes el resumen del libro Logros extraordinarios, La nueva ciencia de trabajar menos y rendir más: Logros extraordinarios
Elisabeth Sepulveda
This book does well to eliminate false, yet commonly-held ideas referencing peak performance; from the waves of sickeningly redundant self-improvement maxims, Eliot pinpoints the most effective frameworks to function in. The ideas can be distilled and skimmed (and still fall into the almost-cheesy category at times), but overall, one of the better books on achievement.
Jan 23, 2008 Becca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
This is a great book! The mentality that this book talks about applies to everything from business to sports to every day life. It's about doing the things that make you uncomfortable and going the extra distance to be great at whatever it is you do. I definitely recommend this one!
Eliot Burdett
Mar 23, 2013 Eliot Burdett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Great book on the science of performance. Breaks down how the brain functions under pressure and how high performers execute.
May 15, 2012 Randy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent book that talks about how overachievers break from the crowd, and how conventional wisdom keeps us
Dec 04, 2015 Sambasivan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Operate with a trusting mindset as a routine. Dream big and catch you will. Do not be afraid to fail. Set yourself big hairy audacious goals. You will overachieve as a routine.

Go grab the book.
so far so good. interesting. it is about how you need to change the way you think about pressure, learn how to make it work to your advantage.
Nov 16, 2009 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely inspiring. By Dr. John Eliot of Rice University. Want to know how Tiger Woods is different than you? Read on.
Apr 22, 2010 Eohlson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't even begin to describe how awesome this book is. I've read it twice and will probably read it again within a year.
Feb 18, 2010 Allysworld rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mostly an Awesome book with interesting ideas. Kinda *self-help*ish at times, but overall some interesting insights, and well worth the read.
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Mar 18, 2010 Kathleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh, it didn't inspire me to overachieve.
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“Musicians, like golfers, have to put their minds in the right place – trusting, confident, enjoying the pressure, being in present. And so forth. Otherwise, no amount of practice or “Time management” will make them better. The same is true in all professions: if you’re stuck in the Training Mindset, evaluating yourself, or thinking in the past or future, you will not perform up to your potential. You will waste a lot of time, be an inefficient performer, and likely assume you need to manage your time better. In reality you need to manage your thinking better. ” 4 likes
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