Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being

Big Potential: How Transforming the Pursuit of Success Raises Our Achievement, Happiness, and Well-Being

by Shawn Achor

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Overview

Bestselling author Shawn Achor shows how to unlock hidden sources of potential in ourselves and others.

In a world that thrives on competition and individual achievement, we are measuring and pursuing potential all wrong. By pursuing success in isolation - pushing others away as we push ourselves too hard - we are not just limiting our potential, we are becoming more stressed and disconnected than ever.

In his highly anticipated follow-up to The Happiness Advantage, Achor reveals a better approach. Drawing on his work in 50 countries, he shows that success and happiness are not competitive sports. Rather, they depend almost entirely on how well we connect with, relate to, and learn from each other.

Just as happiness is contagious, every dimension of human potential - performance, intelligence, creativity, leadership ability and health - is influenced by those around us. So when we help others become better, we reach new levels of potential, as well. Rather than fighting over scraps of the pie, we can expand the pie instead.

Small Potential is the limited success we can attain alone. BIG Potential is what we can achieve together. Here, Achor offers five strategies - the SEEDS of Big Potential—for lifting the ceiling on what we can achieve while returning happiness and meaning to our lives.

The dramatic shifts in how we approach work today demand an equally dramatic shift in our approach to success. Big Potential offers a new path to thriving in the modern world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780525532378
Publisher: Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. Shawn has become one of the world's leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. His research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review, his TED talk is one of the most popular all time with over 4 million views, and his lecture airing on PBS has been seen by millions. Shawn teaches for the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School, and collaborates on research with Yale and Columbia Universities. Shawn graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a Masters degree from Harvard Divinity School in Christian and Buddhist ethics.    In 2007, Shawn founded Good Think to share his research with the world. Subsequently, Shawn has lectured or researched in 51 countries, speaking to CEOs in China, schoolchildren in South Africa, doctors in Dubai, and farmers in Zimbabwe. He has spoken to the royal family in Abu Dhabi, doctors at St. Jude Children's Hospital, and worked with the U.S. Department of Health to promote happiness. In 2012, Shawn helped lead the Everyday Matters campaign with the National MS Society and Genzyme to show how happiness remains a choice for those struggling with a chronic illness.

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Table of Contents

Part I The Big Problem With Small Potential

Chapter 1 The Power of Hidden Connections 15

Chapter 2 Lifting The Invisible Ceiling of Potential 27

Part II The Seeds of Big Potential

Chapter 3 Surround Yourself With Positive Influencers: Creating Star Systems 59

Chapter 4 Expand Your Power: Leading From Every Seat 87

Chapter 5 Enhance Your Resources: Creating a Prism of Praise and Recognition 115

Chapter 6 Defend Against Negative Influences: Protecting The System Against Attacks 145

Chapter 7 Sustain The Gains: Creating Collective Momentum 179

Conclusion: All The Children Are Well 211

Notes 215

Index 223

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