Stay Sane in an Insane World: How to Control the Controllables and Thrive

Stay Sane in an Insane World: How to Control the Controllables and Thrive

by Greg Harden, Steve Hamilton, Tom Brady

Narrated by Greg Harden

Unabridged — 5 hours, 40 minutes

Stay Sane in an Insane World: How to Control the Controllables and Thrive

Stay Sane in an Insane World: How to Control the Controllables and Thrive

by Greg Harden, Steve Hamilton, Tom Brady

Narrated by Greg Harden

Unabridged — 5 hours, 40 minutes

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“What I learned from Greg is still a part of who I am today.”-Tom Brady, 7-time Super Bowl champion

Greg Harden changes lives.

This is why hundreds of world-class athletes, doctors, lawyers, teachers, business leaders, college students, and professionals from all walks of life have come to him for advice and direction-including 7-time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady, 23-time Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps, Heisman Trophy winners Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson, CEOs of major companies, and championship coaching staffs from all over the world.

Harden teaches his students how to practice, train, and rehearse to give 100 percent, 100 percent of the time, and challenges them by asking: If you don't believe in yourself, why should I believe in you?

Champions aren't born. They're built. Greg Harden spent over 30 years building them at the University of Michigan, including 400 future professional athletes, 50 NFL first-round draft picks, and 120 Olympians from over 20 countries. He gained national recognition when 60 Minutes Sports profiled him as “Michigan's Secret Weapon.”

Now, in his first book, Greg Harden is reaching out to help anyone who wants to live their best life by offering powerful and practical advice.

You will learn to:

Stop being afraid of being afraid: Fear and self-doubt are the enemy. As soon as you learn that fear and self-doubt are predictable, they become manageable.

Control the controllables: How you control your own emotions, reactions, and responses to circumstances is what you must master first. You are the only one who has control over your mind. Stop letting others determine the way you feel about yourself.

Commit, improve, and maintain: Learn to build better habits. Making small improvements every day is the secret to a completely transformed life.

Become the world's greatest expert on yourself: It's the only way to become the very best version of yourself.

Practice self-love and self-acceptance: These are the keys to eliminating and replacing self-defeating attitudes and behaviors.

This is a one-of-a-kind book that will give you the indispensable lessons and tools necessary to create real change in your life.

Editorial Reviews

Michigan Today

If humanity ever needed a ‘secret weapon’ to reclaim balance and positivity in these chaotic times, the moment is now. Thankfully, that weapon exists, and it’s being deployed Aug. 15. Stay Sane in an Insane World: How to Control the Controllables and Thrive relays a trove of commonsense wisdom that author Greg Harden, MSW ’81, accrued during his long and fruitful career in Michigan Athletics. For years he served as U-M’s ‘counselor in chief’ to hundreds of student-athletes, coaches, and staff. Now he’s ready to share what he’s learned with the rest of us.”

Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard

If Greg Harden wasn’t at the University of Michigan, I don’t win the Heisman.”

twenty-three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Michael Phelps

I. Can’t. Wait!!!”

Olympic Gold Medalist Samantha Arsenault Livingstone

Greg Harden and our work together saved my life.”

swimming coach to Michael Phelps Bob Bowman

He’s a miracle worker. He made me a better coach and a better person.”

Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady

Greg Harden has and will always be one of the most influential people in my life.”

University of Michigan Football Coach Jim Harbaugh

I highly recommend this book as a must-read. Greg and I have worked together since my days as a player at Michigan and now as a head coach for the Wolverines. He has been instrumental in creating championship cultures in and out of sports.”


Greg Harden is a classic example of how actions speak louder than words. His coaching led to the success stories of many professionals from all walks of life. The motivational speaker always asks his mentees, ‘If you don’t believe in yourself, why should I believe in you?’ However, Harden is more than a life coach to Tom Brady.”

SEPTEMBER 2023 -- AudioFile

Legendary performance coach Greg Harden has a speaking voice that makes you stop in your tracks and want to soak up whatever he's offering. The wisdom in his approach to coaching is part of that power. As a social worker and therapist, he understands the critical importance of self-acceptance and resilience. His stories about helping athletes and executives offer memorable examples of how people grow when approached with faith and a positive view of humanity. Give 100% to what you do, focus on what you can control, and maintain your self-respect as you examine your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats--all tried and true advice. But it's listening to him speak and connecting with the way he approaches life that listeners will remember and want to apply to themselves. T.W. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine

Product Details

BN ID: 2940176587265
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 08/15/2023
Edition description: Unabridged
Sales rank: 385,349
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