Successful people and those who drive to be successful always have a few things in common. One of which is the thirst for knowledge. Always reading, always learning. It’s not uncommon to find entrepreneurs like Tim Ferris or Dave Ramsey list off the top books they are currently reading. So it’s not a stretch for Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness, to fall on my desk based on any number of people I follow online. Thankfully the coaching crew here picked it up for me for my birthday.
What sets Peak Performance apart from other entrepreneurial and self-help books is the premise behind it. The second trait most successful people have in common is the main topic in Peak Performance. The book follows high-level athletes trying to qualify for the Olympics, Google execs, artists, etc. and what it takes to maintain a high level of performance.
Combining the stories of success and the science behind it, Peak Performance looks to present an array of ways to implement the underlying principle to the reader to help them harness their potential. The subjectivity of this allows the reader to relate to the high-level athlete as well any of the executives interviewed in the book. At the same time it allows for the reader to implement themselves into the stories to drive their own performance; even if they aren’t qualifying for the Olympics or acting as a CEO of a multi-million dollar company.
SPOILER ALERT: The third trait that successful people have in common is that they find the time to rest. The when, how, and why to use it to optimize output is the key covered throughout the book. Rest is often times overlooked and looked down on as a weakness or a waste of time in regards to high levels of performance. The old notion that only the weak rest or that your competition is out there working while you’re sleeping simply might not be the case. And if it is, Peak can show through science how resting will actually make the reader more productive when utilized. Peak Performance takes the reader through the steps of alternating between work and rest and how to optimize these strategies to up their “game.”
Reading though the book presents a paradigm shift as it relates to the subject of rest. That shift in thought process opens a lot of doors and simplify utilizing some of the tactics outlined helps to spark new thoughts and ideas of creativity.
Part of the QCKB book club is the idea that we want to Improve The Human Condition. Picking up a copy of Peak Performance can certainly help enhance that condition by improving overall performance.