“With cutting-edge research, penetrating insights, and practical examples, Shawn Achor describes a new conception of ‘success,’ and in doing so, reveals exciting new strategies we can use to meet our highest potential.”—Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project
“A vibrant book on how to bring out the best in others—and how they can bring out the best in us.”—Adam Grant, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and host of the podcast WorkLife
In a world that thrives on competition and individual achievement, we’re measuring and pursuing potential incorrectly. Pursuing success in isolation—pushing others away as we push ourselves too hard—not only limits our potential but makes us more stressed and disconnected than ever.
Harvard-trained researcher Shawn Achor reveals a better approach. With exciting new research combining neuroscience and psychology with Big Data, Achor shows that our potential is not limited by what we alone can achieve. Instead, it is determined by how we complement, contribute to, and benefit from the abilities and achievements of people around us.
When we—as individuals, leaders, and parents—chase only individual achievement, we leave vast sources of potential untapped. But once we put “others” back into the equation, and work to make others better, we ignite a Virtuous Cycle of cascading successes that amplify our own.
The dramatic shifts in how we approach work today demand an equally dramatic shift in our approach to success. In Big Potential, Achor draws on cutting-edge original research as well as his work with nearly half of the Fortune 100 and with places like NASA, the NFL and the NBA, and offers a new path to thriving in the modern world.
Another Shawn Achor masterpiece! This is my 3rd book in a row by Mr. Achor. His premise that happiness is the precursor to success is backed by countless studies and quantitative research. He shares his insights in a way that is humorous, fun and imaginative which has left me wanting more. His writing has changed by mindset regarding the importance of being intentional about happiness in my work and more importantly in my life.
Shout it From the Rooftops!
I can’t tell you how many times I quoted this book to friends, family, and colleagues over the last three weeks. I started reading this while recovering from COVID, myself, having read “The Happiness Advantage” multiple times over the last 9 years or so. It was a jolt of positivity and passion that helped me navigate the days of asking myself too many “what ifs.”
This book is now my mantra. My battle cry. It’s rooted in research, which is why I love Shawn Achor. As per his usual, the pretty words are backed by science, which is hard for any naysayers or chronically negative people in my sphere to refute when they are presented with it.