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The Counterintuitive Guide To Achieving Success Wthout Ruining Your Life

by Magness, SteveStulberg, Brad

The co-authors of the bestselling Peak Performance dive into the science behind passion, revealing the ways in which passion is a double-edged sword and offering a plan for following your passion without ruining your life.

Common advice is to find and follow your passion. A life of passion is a good life, or so we are told. But it's not that simple. The same drive that fuels breakthroughs -whether they're athletic, scientific, entrepreneurial, or artistic--can be every bit as destructive as they are productive. Yes, passion can be a wonderful gift, but only if you know how to use it. If you're not careful, passion can become an awful curse, leading to suffering and burnout.

Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness once again team up, this time to demystify passion, showing readers how they can find their passion, sustainably harness its power, and avoid its dangers. They ultimately argue that passion and balance--that other virtue touted by our culture--are incompatible, and that to find your passion, you must lose balance. And they show how to develop the right kind of passion, the kind that lets you achieve great things without ruining your life.

Swift, compact, and powerful, this thought-provoking book combines captivating stories of extraordinarily passionate individuals with the latest science on the biological and psychological factors that give rise to passion.

BRAD STULBERG writes for Outside magazine, New York magazine, Forbes, NPR, the Los Angeles Times, Runner's World, and the Huffington Post. Previously, Brad worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company.
STEVE MAGNESS is a coach to some of the top distance runners in the world. He has been a featured expert in Runner's World, the New York Times, the New Yorker, BBC, the Wall Street Journal, and ESPN The Magazine.

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Clear, concise, and captivating. From the onset, one is quickly drawn in through their honest and open comments supplemented by engaging stories, provocative examples, and supportive research. The book is a page turner, nudging one on to the next chapter and then the next.

Review: New York Journal of Books

The Passion Paradox brings together multiple angles to peer over the edge at something difficult to grasp but incredibly important to people.

Quote: David Epstein, NYT bestselling author of The Sports Gene and Range

I feel like this book was written for me. I had to resist underlining every sentence in the book.

Quote: Shalane Flanagan, New York City Marathon Champion, Four-Time Olympian

A valuable volume about finding and embracing passion, avoiding burnout, and carefully navigating an unbalanced life.

Review: Publisher's Weekly

Russian: MIF

Quote: Rodale

Passion is a roller coaster ride that can send us on a sudden, precipitating plunge from the heights of happiness to the depths of despair. This thoughtful, immediately readable book shows how to manage passion so it brings out the best in us rather than the worst in us.

Quote: Adam Grant, NYT bestselling author of Give and Take

Passion. The topic is sparking conversations at work, at school, and at home. Should we throw everything to the winds and follow our passion? Or should we strive for balance and let our passions cool? In THE PASSION PARADOX, Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness offer the surprising, nuanced, and research-backed answer. This super-smart, must-read book will teach you how to find and fuel your passion without burning up or burning out.

Quote: Daniel H. Pink, NYT bestselling author of When and Drive

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