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What's Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don't Always Reach Their Potential, and How You Can

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  158 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
This personal witty and insightful book teaches us about the fears that drive failure and the self-awareness that can help us navigate it. The great point about this book is that it is both philosophical with regards the nature of fear and its impact on achievement, and practical. For those that may be paralysed by a fear of failure, it offers a way through."
--Luke Johnson
Paperback, 230 pages
Published June 15th 2011 by Capstone Publishing (first published April 2011)
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Mark Rice
Nov 06, 2011 Mark Rice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book can be summed up in one word: practical. While most self-help books are heavy on the aspiration, What's Stopping You: Why Smart People Don't Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can is a no-nonsense guide to acknowledging, understanding and overcoming fears, especially the fear of failure. Robert Kelsey doesn't promote complete banishment of fears, nor does he promise happiness or spiritual enlightenment. By understanding the reasons for the often-paralysing fear of failure, Kelsey ...more
Ophélie Lechat
Five stars for the first half; one for the second half, where the author makes some guesses about what outcomes you'd like out of life and writes about that, and that alone. Worth reading for the first two parts.
Liam Delahunty
Feb 01, 2012 Liam Delahunty rated it really liked it
Based upon clinical research the author suggests that we are either "achievement motivated" (AM) or have a "fear of failure" (FF).

Those who are AM will attempt moderately difficult tasks and be focused on the rewards. Those who are FF will chose easy tasks, look to avoid the task completely, or most interestingly, chose to tackle the hardest tasks of all nearing the impossible. For in those they are not expected to achieve success and so failure is expected and minimised and the unlikely success
Aug 31, 2012 Lin rated it it was amazing
I received this book as part of the amazon vine programme, and from the first few pages I realised that this could be the book I've been needing to read for years. Its clear explanations of the differences between those with high ambition and those with high fear of failure totally resonated with me - that those with high fear of failure tend to set goals that are either far too easy or doomed to failure, and so telling them to reach for the stars is pointless, and that there will always be that ...more
Leader Summaries
Desde Leader Summaries recomendamos la lectura del libro ¿Qué te detiene?, de Robert Kelsey.
Las personas interesadas en las siguientes temáticas lo encontrarán práctico y útil: habilidades directivas, superar el fracaso.
En el siguiente enlace tienes el resumen del libro ¿Qué te detiene?, Cómo superar el miedo al fracaso, mejorar la autoestima y desarrollar una carrera profesional exitosa: ¿Qué te detiene?
Rachel Nabors
May 17, 2015 Rachel Nabors rated it it was amazing
If you have problems identifying with other self help books, flip through these pages. I did so at an airport book stand and found each page spoke to me: my ability to execute perfectly under fire but paralysis during times of peace, my overwhelming need for praise and attention from others, the voice in the back of my mind trying to convince me my successes are a fluke. These things are not addressed in those other "you can do it!" Books written for well adjusted people who need a paperback che ...more
Gill Brookshaw
If this question means something to you and you fear failure in things you do, then read this one book.
I've read lots of self help books and this one uses so many quotes that it could be the only book you need to read, to be quote given for years.
There is practical advice, it is a heavy read at times.
Having said that it is a good book, if you want to really get over your fear of failure.
Sep 09, 2014 Siobhan rated it it was ok
His writing didn't exactly grab me. He talked too much about his own experience. I dislike when a writer obviously wrote the book for some sort of resolution of whatever it was that had bothered them at some point in their life. It's weak writing. And now he can write a book based off of my review.
May 09, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
It's ok, some useful insights, aimed at people with a high fear of failure. A story in part of the author overcoming his high fear of failure and how he ended up running some successful businesses despite this, along with the self-help gurus he found helpful.
Jaime Villanueva
Este libro me gustó, está lejos de los ya saturados libros mágicos de auto ayuda. Te da un enfoque realista del porqué del miedo al fracaso.

Tiene buenas referencias bibliográficas para ahondar más en el tema y no es un libro aburrido.

Lo recomiendo mucho.
Helene Björkman
Jan 22, 2014 Helene Björkman rated it it was amazing
Distinguishing himself from other 'self-help' writers, instead of promising a cure Robert offers frank & applicable advise on how to live with your fears and how to thrive in spite on them. A clearly structured guide with a personal touch.
David Bailey
May 21, 2013 David Bailey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book I read 35 years too damn late.
Give a copy to your children, before they repeat my mistakes
Feb 06, 2016 Tejas rated it did not like it
rip-offs from other books....reads more like a losers biography!
Jun 26, 2013 Mark rated it really liked it
Very nice summary of the good parts of a lot of different self-help books. Good if you suffer from low self-confidence or a fear of failure.
Nov 22, 2012 Beryl rated it did not like it
Disappointing. I think the core argument is a bit flawed and its overly prescriptive. A bit of a let-down
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