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Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success

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"It's about time a book was written that looks across disciplines, domains, and capabilities to uncover powerful pearls of wisdom applicable across all walks of life. Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness are a strong team to uncover the principles of Peak Performance - they're immersed in the science of success, and they draw upon their own experiences working with the best." - Adam Grant, Wharton Professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals

"Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness have written an essential playbook for success, happiness, and getting the most out of ourselves and our lives. - Arianna Huffington, author of Thrive and The Sleep Revolution 

"Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness are one-percenters when it comes to skill in translating high performance science for the public. It's long past time for someone to distill principles of high-performance - in all disciplines, as diverse as running and painting - and present a coherent picture to everyone who wants to be better at absolutely whatever it is they do. I'm going to be one of the first in line for this book." - David Epstein, New York Times bestselling author of The Sports Gene


A few common principles drive performance, regardless of the field or the task at hand. Whether someone is trying to qualify for the Olympics, break ground in mathematical theory or craft an artistic masterpiece, many of the practices that lead to great success are the same. In Peak Performance, Brad Stulberg, a former McKinsey and Company consultant and writer who covers health and the science of human performance, and Steve Magness, a performance scientist and coach of Olympic athletes, team up to demystify these practices and demonstrate how everyone can achieve their best.

The first book of its kind, Peak Performance combines the inspiring stories of top performers across a range of capabilities - from athletic, to intellectual, to artistic - with the latest scientific insights into the cognitive and neurochemical factors that drive performance in all domains. In doing so, Peak Performance uncovers new linkages that hold promise as performance enhancers but have been overlooked in our traditionally-siloed ways of thinking. The result is a life-changing book in which readers learn how to enhance their performance via myriad ways including: optimally alternating between periods of intense work and rest; priming the body and mind for enhanced productivity; and developing and harnessing the power of a self-transcending purpose.

In revealing the science of great performance and the stories of great performers across a wide range of capabilities, Peak Performance uncovers the secrets of success, and coaches readers on how to use them. If you want to take your game to the next level, whatever "your game" may be, Peak Performance will teach you how.

240 pages, Kindle Edition

First published June 6, 2017

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Brad Stulberg

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Brad Stulberg researches, writes, and coaches on health, well-being, and sustainable excellence. He is bestselling author of the new book The Practice of Groundedness: A Transformative Path to Success that Feeds -- Not Crushes -- Your Soul. He regularly contributes essays to The New York Times and his work has been featured in other large publications including The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New Yorker, Sports Illustrated, Outside Magazine, Forbes, and more. In his coaching practice, he works with executives, entrepreneurs, physicians, and athletes on their mental skills and overall well-being. He is also a fellow at the University of Michigan's School of Public Health. His past books include Peak Performance and The Passion Paradox.

Follow him on Twitter @Bstulberg and learn more at www.bradstulberg.com

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