How ordinary people achieve extraordinary success and how you can too
Personal Best is the distilled wisdom of more than two hundred leaders, thinkers, CEOs and high achievers from around the world. All royalties go to our charity partner.
Personal Best provides key insights and lessons from global achievers to assist you to reach your full potential in business and in life. After two years of research, interviewing and testing the methods of leaders in business, sports, science, politics and management, Personal Best has been completed to serve as a powerful self-empowerment tool, that gives you not only an understanding of the characteristics of successful people, but direct, easy-to-implement strategies that you can employ to positively impact your life.
The book offers practical advice on what works and what does not. As well as gaining an understanding of the tactics employed by those that have achieved notable success, you will also begin to understand why you do what you do, what your drivers are and how you can harness your mindset to make quantum leaps forward in any area of your life.
- The myth of natural talent and why intelligent action will win every time.
- The secret power strategies that have worked for the world’s most successful CEOs, greatest athletes and leaders.
- How to rid yourself of the fears that stop you getting what you want.
- Understand the one area in your life you must be clear about, if you are to reach your potential.
The ethos of Personal Best is that each of us, by making minor, incremental improvements, can bring about massive change quickly and sustainably. Your life is about private and personal victories, and if you commit to continuous improvement, you will make progress and gain pride in the personal success of having done something you have never achieved before. If you can do a bit more, be it in the work place, or within the home, if you strive just to be better than you were before, your life will open up and progress more than you can imagine. This commitment to being your Personal Best can be the cornerstone to incredible achievement.
Personal Best the book will:
- Provide direct quotes and stories from those who have succeeded
- Give a simple, structured approach to personal and career achievement
- Show the four strategies that readers can model to make huge leaps in their life.
By understanding and following the guidance given in Personal Best, readers will be able to:
- Identify their true purpose and passion in life
- Understand the most important attitudes, principles, and skills shown by high achievers
- Learn effective ways of identifying their personal niche and become better at what they do consistently.
Personal Best would not exist had it not been for the time and insights of a large number of contributors who agreed to share their philosophies. Although some prefer to remain anonymous, I thank them all for their contributions and I am indebted to those listed below, who for no other reason than they felt that their ideas might benefit others, gave up their time and dedicated their minds to assisting in building the central themes of this book.
|Sir Chris Evans||Biotech Entrepreneur||Sir Frank Williams||Founder, Williams Grand Prix|
|Sir George Buckley||Chairman and CEO, 3M||Lord Michael Ashcroft||Former Chairman, ADT|
|Cary Cooper||Singer/Songwriter||Nigel Evans||MP, Deputy Speaker|
|Charles Wigoder||CEO, Utility Warehouse PLC||Nirmalya Kumar||Author, Professor of Marketing, London Business School|
|Sir Tom Farmer||Founder, Kwik Fit Group||Lord Redesdale||Chairman, Carbon Management Association|
|Ron G Holland||Entrepreneur & Author||Lord Robin Butler|
|Mike Duke||CEO Wal-mart||Trevor Baylis||Inventor|
|Chris Guillbeau||Author of Non Conformity||Noel Grealish||Irish TD|
|Chris Rennard||Former CEO, Liberal Party||Sir George Buckley||Chairman and CEO, 3M|
|Lord Harris||Chairman, Carpetright PLC||Lord Mackay||Former Lord Chancellor|
|Lord Michael Ashcroft||Former Chairman, ADT||Cary Cooper||Singer/Songwriter|
|Nigel Evans||MP, Deputy Speaker||Charles Wigoder||CEO, Utility Warehouse PLC|
|Nirmalya Kumar||Author, Professor of Marketing, London Business School||Sir Tom Farmer||Founder, Kwik Fit Group|
|Lord Redesdale||Chairman, Carbon Management Association||Ron G Holland||Entrepreneur & Author|
|Lord Robin Butler||Mike Duke||CEO Wal-mart|
|Trevor Baylis||Inventor||Chris Guillbeau||Author of Non Conformity|
|Noel Grealish||Irish TD||Chris Rennard||Former CEO, Liberal Party|
|Paddy Ashdown||Former Liberal Party Leader||Baron Giles Radice|
|Lynne Sedgmore||Executive Director, 157 Group||Baroness Pauline Perry|
|Mark Emalfarb||CEO, Dyadic||Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE||Neuroscientist|
|Mark Turner||CEO, OC Group and Team MacArthur||Craig Sams||Founder, Green & Blacks Chocolate|
|Paul Dunn||Co-Founder, B1G1||Dan Henry||CEO, Netspend|
|Paul Flynn||MP||David Alton, Lord Liverpool||Human rights campaigner and author|
|Bernie Siegel||Author and healer||Martin Dunphy||CEO, Marlin Capital|
|Flemming Biligaard Pedersen||CEO Ramboll & European CEO of the Year||Maureen O’Sullivan||TD, Irish Parliament|
|Dave Scott||Six times World Ironman Champion and First Hall of Fame Inductee||Michael Meacher||MP|
|Paul Kehoe||Minister of Transport Ireland||David Meerman Scott||Author and CEO, Freshspot|
|Pete Cowen||Golf Coach to Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington||David Novak||CEO, Yum|
|Bob Kaplan||Author and Professor, Harvard Business School||Michael Smurfit||Chairman, Smurfit Group|
|Brad Feld||CEO, Foundry Group||Mike Gooley||Founder, Trailfinders PLC|
|Brian Bacon||CEO, Oxford Leadership||Neil Kinnock||Former Labour Leader|
|Rachel Elnaugh||Entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den Star||Robert Edminston||Chairman, IM Group|
|Deborah Myer||CMO, Pulte Group||Roger Smith||CEO, OBN Holdings|
|Brianna Glenn||Athlete, USA||Nick Friedman||CEO, College Hunks Hauling Junk|
|Bruce Perlowin||Entrepreneur and CEO, Marijuana Inc||Nick Jenkins||Director, Hansei Australia|
|Mark Allen||Six times World Ironman Champion||Nigel Dessau||CMO, AMD|
|Doug Smith||CEO, Interim Partners||Ron Hill||Olympian and former Marathon world record holder|
|Dr. Gerard Lyons||Chief Economist, Standard Chartered Bank||Shama Kabani||Author of Marketing Zen|
|Finian McGrath||TD, Irish Parliament||Simon Clifford||Founder, Brazilian Soccer Schools|
|Frank McKinney||Bestselling author and real estate rockstar||Simon Tucker||CEO, SRT PLC|
|Indro Mukerjee||CEO, Plastic Logic||Alan Edwards||CEO, Outside Organisation|
|James Chartand||Founder, Men with Pens||Ali Lukies||CEO, Monitise PLC|
|Jim Fleeting||Director, Scottish Football Association||Anne Handley||Founder, Marketing Profs|
|Joasia Zakrzewski||Ultra runner and World Medallist||Christian Bergmann||CEO Alegro Capital|
|John Adair||Chair, United Nations Strategic Leadership||Teresa Amabile||Author & Professor of Business Harvard Business School|
|John Redwood||MP, former Secretary of State for Wales||Tom Chapman||Founder, Matches Fashion|
|Julian Richer||CEO, Richer Sounds||Tony Fernandes||CEO, Air Asia|
|Carl Elsener||CEO, Victorinix||Tony Hsieh||CEO, Zappos|
|Ken Maginnis, Lord Drumglass||Lord Selkirk|
|Lewis Howes||Author||Viscount Ellis|
|Lord Adam Patel||Entrepreneur||Zac Johnson||Affiliate marketer|
|Lord Brian McKenzie||Abhishek Rungta||CEO, Indus Net Technologies|