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What's Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don't Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can. [Paperback]

Luke Johnson , Robert Kelsey
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5 April 2011
"This personal witty and insightful book teaches us about the fears that drive failure and the self–awareness that can help us navigate it. The great point about this book is that it is both philosophical with regards the nature of fear and its impact on achievement, and practical. For those that may be paralysed by a fear of failure, it offers a way through." —Luke Johnson, serial entrepreneur, Financial Times columnist and Chairman of the RSA "This powerful, insightful book shows you how to unlock your unconscious brakes and step on the acceleration of your true potential!" —Brian Tracy, author of Maximum Achievement "Kelsey offers a successful and eloquent analysis of fear of failure as a mass condition in the modern world, and one we ignore at our peril." —Donald Kirkpatrick, psychoanalyst and a founder of the London Association for Counselling and Psychoanalysis Do fear and doubt hinder your progress in life? Are you paralyzed at key moments by your insecurities? Millions of smart people are held back from achieving their potential by a fear of failure. Many of them don′t even realize that this recognized condition is limiting their progress. What′s Stopping You? offers no quick–fix solution. Why? Because the key to unlocking you potential for success lies in understanding the root causes of the fears and insecurities that hold you back and in accepting who you are, rather than trying to become someone you are not. Based on extensive research, recognized science and stark reality, this book will help you navigate the barriers that hold you back: at work, with people and in life. "Robert Kelsey has combined thorough research, careful thought and the lessons of his own experience to produce a valuable, original and eminently readable book. I can strongly recommend it to anyone whose progress has been impeded by fear of failure." —John Caunt, author of Boost Your Self–esteem "Confidence is the ultimate secret weapon of any successful entrepreneur. If Robert′s book can help you find yours then it will be worth its weight in gold." —Rachel Bridge, author of How I Made It


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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Capstone; First Edition edition (5 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857081721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857081728
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,545 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Over a 10-year period, entrepreneur, writer, former City-banker and financial journalist Robert Kelsey read scores of self-help books in an effort to overcome the low self-esteem that was driving his debilitating fear of failure. Becoming something of a self-help addict, he found that, while helpful, nearly all the books lacked two vital ingredients. First, was an honesty about the personality traits they were trying to change - indeed their changeability. Second, was a programme for progress that took account of the innate fears, insecurities and flawed thinking of those with a high fear of failure. WHAT'S STOPPING YOU? is the result.

See Robert Kelsey's website:
www.robert-kelsey.co.uk

...and his blog:
http://whats-stopping-you.blogspot.com/

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‘…a pretty engaging and entertaining read.’ (Business Life, May 2011).

From the Back Cover

Do fear and doubt hinder your progress in life? Are you paralyzed at key moments by your insecurities? Millions of smart people are held back from achieving their potential by a self–fulfilling fear of failure. Many of them don’t even realize that this recognized condition is limiting their progress in life. What’s Stopping You? Offers no quick–fix solutions. Why? Because the key to unlocking your potential your potential for success lies in understanding the root causes of the fears and insecurities that hold you back and in accepting who you are, rather than trying to become someone you are not. Based on extensive research, recognized science and stark reality, this challenging book will help you navigate the barriers that prevent you making progress: at work, with people and in life. By finally understanding what’s stopping you, you can calculate your true goals and take small, practical and sustainable steps towards a more positive future. What’s Stopping You? Includes a Foreword by Financial Times columnist and series entrepreneur Luke Johnson and a conclusion from the London Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. ‘This powerful, insightful book shows you how to unlock your unconscious brakes and step on the accelerator of your true potential! – Brian Tracy , author of Maximum Achievement, Goals! And Eat That Frog ‘Robert Kelsey has combined thorough research, careful thought and the lessons of his own experience to produce a valuable, original and eminently readable book. I can strongly recommend it’ – John Caunt, author of Boost Your Self–Esteem  

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Hugely Useful Self-Help Book 4 July 2011
By HeavyMetalMonty VINE VOICE
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This book can be summed up in one word: practical. While most self-help books are heavy on the aspiration, 'What's Stopping You?' is a no-nonsense guide to acknowledging, understanding and overcoming fears, especially the fear of failure. Robert Kelsey doesn't promote complete banishment of fears, nor does he promise happiness or spiritual enlightenment. By understanding the reasons for the often-paralysing fear of failure, Kelsey contends, we can short-circuit it and channel our energy towards effective goal-setting, after which we can make incremental - and measurable - progress towards these goals. The techniques described are scientifically sound, their roots straddling psychotherapy, psychology and motivational theory without veering off into NLP/hypnosis territory (which Kelsey considers a form of delusion). The book's advice on time management and people skills is also excellent. My only criticism is of Kelsey's sweeping statements in relation to people's hard-wiring being unchangeable. This is by no means an unmalleable truth: radical changes have occurred in many people's 'default' settings, often as the result of intense psychotherapy, trauma or sheer force of will.

For procrastinators, business people at all levels, blocked artists or those who feel that they aren't achieving their potential, this book is a godsend. Or if you just fancy a motivational kick up the backside, 'What's Stopping You?' is just the literature to do it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Super guidebook if you have a fear of failure 18 Oct 2011
By Shirlz TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is an interesting and helpful `self-help' book that provides a lot of good quality facts, advice and information, but perhaps it could be viewed as specialist advice.

The author very clearly separates people into only two camps: High-FFs (Fear of Failure) and High-AMs (Achievement Motivated) and the whole book is based on giving a frank and detailed account of what life is like as a High-FF and the coping strategies he used. A lot of research has been put into this and many people and resources are cited throughout the book - perhaps too much at times.

This is a super guidebook for High-FFs to negotiate the world, but you really do need to experience a fear of failure for the book to be of real benefit. I thought I experienced some fear of failure during periods in my life, but having read this, I now fully understand the condition and have realised that I am not a High-FF or a High-AM.

If you have a fear of failure, this is probably the book for you.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath of fresh air... 21 May 2011
By J. Reed
Format:Paperback
Really, really good book. After the avalanche of self help books that stupidly say "you can do it" (without any real explanation of why you couldn't do it in the past, except maybe not having enough "will power") or heavier psychological tomes about personality disorder and dysfunction, this book addresses how to recognize your own stumbling blocks and evaluate the environment around you so you can be more successful in your life. He writes about real people with silly habits and bad tempers and half-baked ideas, not about idealized Super People who are supposed to achieve great things after doing a few writing and visualisation exercises and thinking good thoughts. Dividing the world into High-FFs (Fear of Failure) and High-AMs (Achievement Motivated) seems a bit arbitrary, but Kelsey isn't trying to carve out a new psychological stratification of humanity, he's using those categories for practical, illustrative purposes. Kind of like life -- using what works. Well, I could say a lot more. I highly recommend the book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Marcus
Format:Paperback
I've grown exhausted of Self-Help over the last couple of years; becoming rather cynical of every book, event and programme set to put me on the road to righteous self improvement, where the destination looks distinctly like that of a HelloK centre spread: footballers and pop singers alike - skills that I'm completely devoid of- you seriously do not want to hear me sing whilst playing football. So what 'pricked my ears' with this book? Firstly the title: so much better than 'be the best...' or 'you're a tiger... let's hear you roar', sort of books that pepper the pages and shelves of bookstores. Secondly the advice: no superficial nonsense or quick fixes. Instead a focus on perfecting your life and making it a master piece over years, not seconds. Thirdly, well this one is an odd one, it's the first time ever that I've felt motivated enough to follow-up on the advice - there is no 'whilst flying my jet' stories. Also the writing style is very good and easy to read and it is, one can't ignore this, a well referenced and argued book. My advice: BUY THE BOOK! It ain't gonna break the bank and you may actually see something going back into your accounts if you follow up on the advice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Hobbers
Format:Paperback
This is probably one of the best books I have ever read on self development and for me it linked together many areas of my life which I had hitherto seen as separate and in some cases even forgotten. The analogy I used was one of me at the centre of a wheel, the parts of my life past and present were revolving around me on the rim, but there were no spokes connecting me to them anymore. This book provided the spokes and helped make my wheel complete!. I think I derived more benefit from it because I have seen a little bit of life! Many of the aspects and factors, which Robert identifies, were familiar to me but Robert helped me understand my personality and therefore place these in order and instill some sense into my life based on the type of person I am.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to develop themselves and has a fear of moving forward, for whatever the reason.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A meandering and indulgent read
The author seems to have found a medium to cast a gloomy view over the entrepreneur reader. Lots of quotes from other authors about what doesn't work.
Published 3 months ago by Gary Sage
3.0 out of 5 stars good book
too long to read, a bit boring, too technical and not very useful for my own means; didn't help me
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas
This takes a slightly different take on the self help world. The author uses his own experiences to pick out what he considers the best items from the literature and how he applied... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
Great read and inspires you to get up off your backside and do something positive and make a difference! Get moving now.
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When you hit the small one-o everyone said, s/he's a smart one, eh?
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Published 19 months ago by demola
4.0 out of 5 stars A go-to guide for anyone obsessed with self improvement books
My title might be a little misleading. Only because if you're a sucker for self improvement book, then this book might change the way you see self improvement practices forever. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mark Leruste
4.0 out of 5 stars A different approach to self improvement
As a commited navel gazer curious about myself and other people, why we do what we do and why we don't do what we "should" be doing this book had a compelling title for me. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Stephen Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, the last self-help book you will ever need.
Great read. Don't bother buying any other self help books anymore...it stops here. What a scandalous industry. It stops here. Read more
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