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Elevate: Push Beyond Your Limits and Unlock Success in Yourself and Others

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What are your limits? Care to break them?

To inspire change in yourself and your team, you must break free from what's holding you down.

In Elevate, Robert Glazer reveals four life-changing principles -- or capacities -- that will allow you to overcome self-limiting beliefs, establish positive habits, and find your "why." As
Hardcover, 137 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Simple Truths
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Heather Pearson
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Wow, I really liked this book. When my sister suggested that I read and review it, I wasn't sure what it would be like. I researched the author and he seemed legit and it was being published by Sourcebooks, which is a publisher that I've come to greatly respect over the years I've been reviewing books (since 2007). I decided to find a review copy and read. I was not disappointed.

Most people who say they want to improve themselves never do anything about it. They wait for some outside force to ma
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had heard about this publication and have eagerly anticipated its release. Such a compelling read! I have been reading Robert Glazer's Friday Forward weekly blog for months and this book is a clear and natural extension of those blogs. The only difference, so far, is that the book is even more of a motivator than the blogs...which I didn't think was possible. For any new business owner, seasoned business owner, happy employee/team member, or anyone else striving to offer quality and be known a ...more
Ben Grad
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author has a rare gift for writing in a clear and relatable manner. I've enjoyed his Friday Forwards emails since their debut, and in this book he ties together and builds on themes initially explored in those emails. The book has inspiring stories and practical advice that is often applicable in both the personal and professional spheres. I highly recommend! ...more
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you’re human, read this

If you’ve been thinking about ways to grow, challenge yourself or a new way to think about what you want to give or receive in life, this is a quick read and worth the time.
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've subscribed to Robert's weekly newsletter 'Friday Forward' for about a year and a half now and not once has it been undeserving of its spot in my inbox. To say I was a little excited when I heard he was coming out with a book would be an understatement.

Like in his newsletter, in Elevate, Rob does a great job of taking evidence-based ideas and relating them to everyday life. Through stories and actionable advice, he explores the concept of 'capacity building', the strengthening of one's abili
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very aesthetically pleasing short book, highlighting 4 aspects of life: Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical and Emotional. One aspect supporting the other, it provides some practical exercises but doesn't go into too much detail.. Worth reading ...more
Shanitha Whitfield
Provides the necessary steps needed to elevate and displays relatability!

This was another great read. When it comes to reading, I tend to stick to self-help topics and this book is definitely at the top of my list as it provides steps, resources, gives examples and inspiring stories. Another great one I read before that is referenced in the book is "The Miracle Morning," and also one that is not referenced is "The Four Tendencies." "Elevate" is going on my favorites list as I do intend on worki
Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Glazer encourages us to build our capacity. He means not just doing more but doing more of the right things. He divides life into four areas and gives training and practical suggestions for growth in each of them

Spiritual capacity is about understanding who we are and knowing what we want most in life. He helps reveal core values and our core purpose, leading to the standards by which we live.

Intellectual capacity is about our ability to think, learn, plan, and execute. He writes about having a
Synthia Salomon
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
“The key to boosting your performance and achieving more is working on four core areas of your life. These are your spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional “capacities.” How do you do that? Well, the best place to start is clarifying what you actually want in life. Once you’re clear about your goal, you can start honing the skills and abilities you’ll need to reach it 
Actionable advice:
Protect your mornings by keeping them tech-free. 
The time between waking up and beginning your routine
Adam O'Neill
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A snappy, engaging how-to guide for a better life, Glazer's book should be the next read for anyone serious about growing as a business leader and human being. Each section is neatly organized, packed with inspiring/fascinating stories, and closes with simple - and powerful - action steps you can take immediately. Within 10 minutes of starting the book, I had already completed the WHY App assessment, gaining valuable perspective on who I am and what drives me! If that was the only thing I got ou ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
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This inspiring book begins with the simple definitions of the words “Elevate” and “Capacity.” Robert Glazer then explains the technique of Capacity Building: “the method by which individuals seek, acquire, and develop the skills and abilities to consistently perform at a higher level in pursuit of their innate potential.” With this groundwork, he then discusses developing each of the four types of capacities: Spiritual (your core values and core purpose), Intellectual (your ability to think, lea ...more
Paula Brand
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read this book to become a better version of yourself!

I enjoyed reading this book and it inspired me to challenge myself more often in my life and career. It is written in a fun and accessible way but the messages within it are serious and powerful. I heard about this book when listening to an interview of the author on Careerblast

Robert Glazer’s book explains the four capacities within each of us (Spiritual, Intellectual, Physical and Emotional) and how
Andrew Ritchie
Jan 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-business
Glazer does a good job of pulling together ideas for how we can optimise our performance but also get a lot more enjoyment out of our work. The author brings together ideas developed in other books, articles and TED Talks and in doing so he has written a very accessible book which is an excellent guide to being both productive and happy. I’d consider this to be an excellent ‘starter guide’ to personal planning and development.

If like me, you have previously read a lot about the importance of ide
Marissa Eigenbrood
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's not often that a project digs so deeply into the individual aspects of our opportunities for personal growth yet delivers it in a way that feels as though it can be implemented at any time. And this is exactly what I took away from Bob Glazer's newest book, Elevate. Following closely along with Bob's career, Elevate is the culmination of much of his insights from the past while also looking ahead to our future opportunities for personal growth. As someone who has particularly struggled with ...more
Anand Thaker
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've enjoyed following and reading Friday Forwards and Performance Partnerships by Bob Glazer. He's experience and insights go deeper than mere steps, but navigating mindset changes that enable us to develop better relationships which last. Elevate resonates with me, because as a strategic advisor for growth leaders and investors, the best performance leaders exemplify what Glazer has outlined here. No longer it's it about fast aim-less execution. Future success will be about developing relation ...more
I loved reading this book. It was both enjoyable and a fairly quick read with a lot of meat. Bob takes the time to break down the four types of capacity that the reader needs to keep in mind when looking to elevate themselves both professionally and personally, which go hand in hand.

This book challenges and inspires you to take inventory of your own life as well as shares several examples at the end of each chapter steps you can take to challenge yourself to grow and elevate within your own lif
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've been a long time follower of the author's Friday Forward newsletter and was so excited that he has distilled the ideas of Friday Forward into his newest book, Elevate. The topic of capacity building is so important not only to professional but personal growth as well. Robert's methods work on every level - from the c-suite to someone just embarking in their career. His ideas are to help us be the best versions of ourselves that we can as well as help to motivate others. A much needed messag ...more
Julie Ann Sullivan
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“For everyone who knows deep down they can be more.” Those are the opening words of this book. That message permeates throughout as Robert Glazer takes you on a journey for what he calls Capacity Building, in four different areas of your life. The flow of the book and the examples he uses would give any reader the opportunity to grow and be a better human. What a difference that would make in our world! This book will give you an opportunity to learn more strategies to increase your positive inf ...more
Mick Sloan
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Robert Glazer is the rare leader who focuses on how we can help each other be our best. I've been a fan of his Friday Forward for years now and, upon reading an advance copy of Elevate, was so impressed by how it distills the concepts of achievement, personal growth, self-reflection and the impact we can have on others into a fast, easy, fulfilling read. This is a must read for anybody who wants to understand themselves better, discover what they want most, and make the changes necessary to purs ...more
Sandra G
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book you WANT to read when you feel you're on a neverending spinning wheel, with no power to change anything. Robert Glazer has the capacity to show you, with simple and inspiring words, that YOU CAN CHANGE and you can get off that wheel and on board of a satisfying life, both professionally and personally.

The text along is wonderfully completed with practical advice and resources to help you move forward, one step at a time. Happy to have come across this book and one I plan to re-read fro
Ghizlane Eddiba
Apr 17, 2020 rated it liked it
➡️How to push beyond your limits? You have to cultivate four capacities:
1️⃣Spiritual capacity: Know your life purpose, define your core values.
2️⃣Intellectual capacity: Have a growth mindset, commit to lifelong learning, be proactive, have focus, have goals, have habits, have accountability.
3️⃣Physical capacity: take care of you sleep pattern, of your diet and of your physical activity. Manage stress. Outdo your past. Be resilient.
4️⃣Emotional capacity: learn to stop doubting yourself. Get
Ummi Ht
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Found this book from linkedin through Friday Forward articles. Loved this humble book. The author also provides pro tips and recommended books to read to enhance the readers' interests in exploring our capabilities and improving our potential to the fullest. I love how everything is related to our daily lives e.g. obviously, families can be our first obstacles when achieving our dreams and the author gives advices how we can overcome this.

Totally recommend this book to those who need eye openin
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To the point, written in an engaging style, Elevate is about the importance and ways of elevating our human potential on four axes: physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual. It focuses on building good foundations and finding an inner compass, leadership and finally capacity building in ourselves and those in our communities, be it family, friends or work mates. Beyond personal capacity, it delves into the importance of resilience, influence and relationships. It is grounded in reality an ...more
Carmen Moloney
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought I would read one quick chapter but ended up not putting it down and read the book in one night. It's a short quick and motivational read that left me inspired and excited to put in place some actionable next steps that were clearly outlined in each section of the book. It takes all of Bob's motivational concepts in one perfect hardcover book. Elevate...I promise you won't be disappointed! ...more
Donna Every
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Elevate is the best book I have read in a very long time. It is full of unvarnished truths that force you to examine yourself and make the changes that will elevate you. I kept stopping to send snippets of the wisdom to my family so that they would benefit too and I am happy that they are now keen to get their own copies. This is such a great book that I'm already making a list of people (especially young ones) who need to read it and take their lives to a new level. ...more
Engin Yapici
This is one of those books where each chapter is a micro summary of a book author enjoyed reading. If you put the text into proper book format, it would probably shrink from "170" pages to maybe 50-60. There was nothing new in the book for me. If you read leadership and personal development books often, this book won't give you anything new. But it was a good summary for me and gave some boost of motivation, which I needed these days. Hence the 3 stars. ...more
Robert J Nussbaum
Capacity Ignitor

Elevate is one of those books that speaks to various parts of you and your personal history. It consider all that you did right and what you can reignite for a more meaningful future. I read through it once for a book club, but I will read through it again with the purpose of making changes that will build capacity for myself and hopefully for those lives I touch.
Bernie Anderson
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Decent — and super short. So worth the read. It’s a compilation and summary of a lot of other books in my opinion. Having read most of those books — this seemed like a Cliffs notes version of many of these.

That said, I like the fact that someone could pick this book up and get the basics from about 10-15 of the most important books on leadership out there.

And (again) it’s short. The signal to noise ratio is pretty positive.
Jun 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love the straightforward approach to “capacity building” in 4 areas of one’s life: spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional. It mightnfeature plenty of ideas that are familiar, but the action steps are refreshing and great reminders.

Thanks to the publisher for access to the review copy.
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Robert Glazer is the founder and CEO of global performance marketing agency, Acceleration Partners. A serial entrepreneur, Bob has a passion for helping individuals and organizations build their capacity to elevate.

Under his leadership, Acceleration Partners has received numerous industry and company culture awards, including Glassdoor's Employees' Choice Awards (2 years in a row), Ad Age's Best P

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