When a career-ending football injury left Lewis Howes out of work and living on his sister's couch, he decided he needed to make a change for the better. He began reaching out to people whom he admired, searching for mentors, and applying his past coaches' tips to his life off the field. He did more than bounce back: He built a multi-million dollar online business, and he is now an in-demand business coach, podcast and webinar host, and speaker.
In The School of Greatness, Howes shares with readers the tips and habits he gathered in interviewing "the greats" on his wildly popular podcast of the same name--the same tips that helped pull him out of depression. The lessons and practical exercises in this book prove that anyone is capable of achieving greatness; Howes argues that the masters of greatness are successful not because they have managed to avoid or neutralize a traumatic life experience, but because they applied specific habits and tools to overcome adversity in their lives.
Howes anchors each chapter on a lesson that he learned while working tirelessly to build a better life. Within that narrative, he weaves in stories from the outstanding people he's met in his journey to greatness, then offers prescriptive guidelines for pursuing and attaining these building blocks to greatness.
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About the Author
LEWIS HOWES is an online marketing expert, sought-after business coach, podcast and webinar host, speaker, and angel investor. He is the host of "The School of Greatness" podcast, which has been downloaded by more than 3 million people since it first went online in January, 2013 (and gets 350,000 downloads per month). He was recognized in a 2013 White House ceremony by President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30. He lives in West Hollywood, CA.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: What Does it Take to be Great? xv
Chapter 1 Create a Vision 1
Chapter 2 Turn Adversity into Advantage 31
Chapter 3 Cultivate a Champion's Mindset 63
Chapter 4 Develop Hustle 91
Chapter 5 Master Your Body 121
Chapter 6 Practice Positive Habits 149
Chapter 7 Build a Winning Team 177
Chapter 8 Live a Life of Service 209
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is the distillation of the stories from Lewis's life and lessons from podcast guests, joined with action exercises (you may want to have a journal handy as you do the exercises) to help you design a great life. If you're a fan of personal development books, I recommend it. You will find value here. You'll find actionable content here. I'm rating 5 stars because, I do think the book is valuable and offers a lot. If I could, I'd give it 4.5 stars, taking 1/2 star for some minor style issues for me. For example, some of the exercises seemed to run on a bit for me. However, that said, do read the book and do the exercises. You don't become great by reading, you have to take action on what you learn. Then you will be on your own path to greatness. Personally, Since discovering Lewis and The School of Greatness (podcast) I'm realizing my dreams. In the last year, I've quit smoking, lost 40 pounds, started a podcast, just got a 15% raise from my employer by adding more value and some other really incredible things are now happening in my life. After reading the book, I love that I can revisit the various chapters & lessons when I need a boost. And that's often; to paraphrase Zig Ziglar; motivation is like a shower; it's best when you have it daily. I got to know Lewis's work from his podcast first. I'm always pleased with the guests he features, and it sounds like he has a lot of fun with his guests. One thing I appreciate about Lewis as he travels around having interesting conversations with interesting achievers, artists, athletes, creatives, business people; He always sounds grateful and humble. He has achieved great success, but he acknowledges it wasn't always so. Read the book & stories to learn how to overcome adversity, abuse, challenges, roadblocks to creating a great life and success. Note: I received an advanced review copy (galley) of The School of Greatness. But don't let that tell you my opinion is biased... I also have purchased the book to give to friends and podcast listeners.
This is...hands-down...the best personal development book I've come across in today's world. Yes, that's a huge statement...a massive statement considering the enormous amount of books are in the related genre. In today's world there's so much information, and yet we're starving for wisdom. The reason I feel this is the best book is because it gets raw with inspiring stories and CONSISTENTLY gives you practical strategies to implement RIGHT THEN AND THERE to improve the quality of your life immediately. This book is more than just a book. It's a master coach from all areas of life, inspiring you and encouraging you to expand the standards of your life for greatness...to be the best version of you, and to keep expanding beyond. If you're hungry for growth...hungry to be more and contribute more in life...hungry for more passion, excitement, wonder and joy in your life...then you need to get this book now.
I've been following Lewis' School of Greatness podcast for almost a year now, and I saw him speak from the stage at a conference last weekend. Lewis' story of how he lifted himself off his sister's couch to become a world-renowned personal lifestyle coach, which he describes in the book, illustrates the power of connecting with people authentically. In addition to being inspirational, Lewis outlines a practical guide to achieving the greatness that is inside of you by identifying your passions and setting goals to help you achieve your dreams. While I've applied this guidance to my professional life, it can easily be transferred to other personal goals such as a relationship with a spouse or a desire to live a healthier lifestyle. After reading the book, I had so many people request to read it, I ended up purchasing two additional copies to lend to my friends and co-workers because I truly believe in the message Lewis spreads.
This is one of the best books I have read in a long, long time. The book is easy to read, which I like. It's truly one of those, "I just can't put it down," reads, because as you're reading it, you're feeling inspired, happy, hopeful and ready to make changes. I finished the book in one weekend and then dove back in to complete the action steps that solidify all the teachings in the book. So much of how we feel about life is due to our reactions. The littlest perspective changes (taught beautifully throughout the book), literally help change the way you handle adversity, difficulty and bad attitudes. Armed with the ability to focus on the beauty, vulnerability, grace, wonder, blessings and purpose in every situation, you become an invincible magnet for good things...because you create them. The book is one big pep talk for creating the life that's in your head or heart, but that you've been too afraid to speak into reality. But beyond just a pep talk and inspiring words, each chapter gives you action steps to take in order to make your thoughts and dreams a reality, starting with creating better habits in your everyday life. Much like a best friend would do, this book lifts you up without being corny, tells it to you straight, doesn't promise it'll be easy, but says all the right things to put you in the right frame of mine to RECEIVE the messages to move you closer to what you want.
I have to be honest here... This is by far the most extraordinary book i have read since i started my journey into personal development. If you are still thinking about getting your copy do not wait. this book is a game changer!! Applies to anything you envision for yourself. This book will help you clarify your vision and will teach you how to apply it. Great Read! a def must have :)
I really enjoyed this book. He has great insights on how to hustle to create your best life. He shares his success story as well as those of famous athletes and entrepreneurs to explain his concepts.
If you want to be great... read this book. Great life lessons to keep you in check.
This book was transformative in my mindset in the midst of pursuing personal and professional success. The book is a guide to how to live more intentionally and gives step by step actions to bring your ultimate dream in business or otherwise to fruition. Lewis Howes shares stories of triumph and challenges, which ignite the human soul. I wrote my personal daily principles on my bathroom mirror and read them every morning. Just one example of how your life and mindset can experience a powerful shift from reading this book. The greatest takeaway I've had from the book: Sometimes what's in the way, IS the way. Sometimes your greatest challenges bring about the greatest opportunities. Lewis fits his own story into this matrix as well as sharing other empowering insights. Grab this book if you want to take your life, relationships or business up to the next level! Highly recommend!