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This microbook is a summary/original review based on the book: The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy
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Greatness, according to former professional football player Lewis Howes, is not only about the character and habits that lead to success but also about those that can help you overcome any challenge or adversity. It is – as he writes in the introduction to “The School of Greatness” – about “lifting yourself up from the depths of despair and using mindfulness, joy, and love to harness your dreams. It is a progression through a series of lessons – eight areas of focus and continual improvement.”
So, get ready to explore these eight areas with us – and prepare to learn what you need to do to live bigger, love deeper, and leave a legacy!
“If we cannot see the possibility of greatness, how can we dream it?” – asked once famed acting coach Lee Strasberg. Dreaming, contrary to popular opinion, is not a time-wasting activity, but one of the foundations of success. According to Howes, most great achievers are able “to visualize the outcome they desire in a competition” knowing “what they want and where they want to go” from the outset. This is not just a platitude: to most athletes, visualization is “as much a part of their process as any aspect of training.”
Consequently, it is not an impromptu activity – it’s, instead, a methodical practice that follows certain rules and recommendations. These are the three you need to pay most attention to:
So, what are you waiting for? Write down a goal that will overstretch you. Print it, and hang it somewhere you will see it every day. Imagine your perfect day itinerary (PDI) and strive toward it. Choose five principles and stick to them no matter what. All journeys to greatness start like this.
For most people, adversities create unimaginable amounts of stress; great people, however, have ways to turn them into an advantage. If you want to be like them, follow this simple 5-step procedure:
Champions see the world differently than other people – and this is primarily thanks to four tools that help them understand who they are: visualization, meditation, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence:
The reason why the greats are better than you at overcoming obstacles is that they are better equipped – both mentally and physically – to make sacrifices and hustle through barriers. True, “it takes more than hustle to be great, but you can’t be great without that burning desire to do what others are unwilling to do.” To develop hustle:
True, we don’t choose the body we’re born with, but we can build and maintain with the proper care. Here are three things you can do to master your own body starting right now:
Needless to add, mastering the body is about a lot of “dos” and even more “don’ts”. You don’t need anyone to tell you that smoking, drinking, binging, overeating, and oversleeping belong in the second category. On the other hand, meditation, physical activities, dancing, listening to music, and travels should inevitably help.
“We are what we repeatedly do,” said Aristotle once. Excellence, in other words, is not an act but a habit. So, it should surprise nobody that highly successful people share pretty similar habits.
According to a 2014 analysis by Entrepreneur magazine of the wealthiest people alive, most of them maintain a to-do list, write down their goals, and wake up at least three hours before work. They also read no less than 30 minutes a day and listen to audiobooks during the commute. None of them watches TV for more than an hour a day, while all of them exercise at least four days a week. Most importantly, they all network a lot and seem to believe in lifelong educational self-improvement, and in the fact that while bad habits have a negative impact, good habits create opportunities.
Try to add some of these positive habits to your daily life. A good way to achieve this is the 28-day morning routine challenge. Just pick one habit of the ones listed above and spend the following four weeks practicing it each morning. In time, it will become part of your character.
“You can’t achieve greatness alone,” writes Howes. “Success is a shared process.” So, it’s of vital importance to find the people you’re going to share your success with. They can be mentors or partners, employees or supporters, teammates or fans. Whatever they are – you need them as much as they need you. To build your winning team:
The happiest and most thriving people are those who give back: greatness matters little if you don’t contribute and help others achieve it. To do so:
Even though most of the ideas in “The School of Greatness” are commonplace, Lewis Howes’ enthusiasm is contagious – even when his tone is paternalistic.
It’s not difficult to envision many people who’ll find this book both inspiring and helpful.
Whether you’re an athlete, an entrepreneur, a mom, an organizer, a freelancer, or a designer – strive to be great. Believe in lifelong improvement. Foster good habits. Try!
A former professional football player and two-sport All-American, Lewis Howes turned to writing after a career-ending injury left him “out of work and living on his sister’s couch.” Ever since, he has made a name as one of the more popular lifestyle entrepreneurs and high-perf... (Read more)
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