What's Stopping You?: Why Smart People Don't Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can. Paperback – 5 Apr 2011
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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–EsteemSee all Product description
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Blending psychological research, personal anecdotes and practical advice, Kelsey's thoughts are entertaining and useful - even if the cover is so alarmingly bright and obvious I had to high it in a magazine when reading it on the train.
I was given this by a friend, put off reading it for a bit then devoured it in two days. What the market's been missing in my view. Buy Imagination by Jonah Lehrer too - they complement each other, although they're very different.
Robert thanks for writing a great book, it's having a profound inpact on my life. Thanks again.
I picked up a copy of this book after seeing a large ad for it at London Bridge station. The wording of the title spoke to me: I often wonder about why I don't fulfil my full potential and seem to grasp failure from seemingly simple situations (whilst succeeding at very difficult tasks).
The book put this behaviour into perspective for me. Basically the premise is that people with a high fear of failure (HFF) have a number of tendencies which determine how they perceive situations and cause them to avoid attempting often straightforward problems for fear of humiliation. They either attempt problems that are so diffult that they won't be judged for failing or choose things that are so simple they can't be failed. The counter to this entrenched behaviour is to be motivated by achievement rather than fear of failure... The book then outlines ways to move towards this, without negating our intrinsic character.
There's a huge amount of insight in this book. The observations are also slightly uncanny - most of the tendencies outlined fit me directly which startled me somewhat - I had no idea my behaviours conformed to a type of pattern / outlook. A real eye opener and the articulation of the tendencies is worth the price of the book alone. It has led me to wonder how many other people suffer from HFF.
The book is also alarmingly frank. The author outlines his own struggles / failings with commendable honesty. The situations he outlines are similar to ones I have faced myself, but this approach allows us to see our problems from a detached perspective. Some of the situations he describes must have been painful to go through. Kudos for being brave.
So, I got a lot out of the book. I was shocked at how closely it described my situation / tendencies and I am already starting to implement some of the approaches suggested such as keeping a diary (to avoid purely negative recollections) and setting goals (to become more achievement motivated). Good stuff.