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What do astronauts, Olympic champions, and Nobel laureates do differently that allows

them to achieve at such a high level?


High achievers share the same four attributes: intrinsic motivation, perseverance, strong

foundation, constantly learning through informal means. The key to their success is that they

do all four of these things at the same time. Based on research and in-person interviews with

astronauts, Nobel Prize winners, and Olympic champions, The Success Factor outlines the

approach that individuals aspiring to improve their performance can adopt.


Using these four shared attributes as a guide, The Success Factor helps you reach your peak by applying the lessons of high achievers in your own life: identify your passion using a Passion Audit; learn how and where to find a mentor and how to build a mentoring team; develop your own community of practice; pursue your interests through informal learning; manage your time and energy. The Success Factor comes with online resources that feature a downloadable Passion Audit worksheet, Mentoring Team worksheet, and Goal Audit worksheet. The book offers scripts for approaching potential mentors and a list of uncommon places to find a mentor, such as webinars, airports, and social media.


The Success Factor features exclusive interviews with high achievers, including such people as Dr. Tony Fauci NIH/NIAID Institute Director; Dr Mike Brown, Nobel prize winner; Dr Peggy Whitson, Former NASA Chief Astronaut; Maxine Clark, founder and former CEO of Build-A-Bear Workshop; and Steve Kerr, eight time NBA Champion and head coach of the Golden State Warriors.

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