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.
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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.