WHY EVERYTHING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW ABOUT SUCCESS IS WRONG AND WHERE THE KEY TO SUCCESS REALLY LIES
In this controversial new book by internationally–acclaimed tech wizard and venture capitalist, Scott Amyx, you′ll find out why everything you thought you knew about becoming a success is wrong. More importantly, you′ll discover what you can do to dramatically boost your chances of realizing your goals and living the dream.
Amyx, a bona fide rags–to–riches story himself who overcame a hardscrabble upbringing as a poor immigrant to become an internationally acclaimed visionary businessperson, tells his own story and the stories of dozens of individuals throughout history who beat the odds to become outrageously successful. In the process, he reveals the shortcomings of conventional wisdom about success and explains why following it just may be what′s holding you back.
ADVANCED PRAISE FOR Strive
"Strive. Pushing through our limits, doing the hard thing, and focusing on constant and never ending growth and improvement is the ticket to impact and fulfillment!"
Tony Robbins, World–Renowned Business Leader and Peak Performance Strategist, Best–Selling Author of Unshakeable, Money Master the Game, Unlimited Power, and Awaken the Giant Within
"We all know or have read stories of people who seem to rise from the ashes or come out of nowhere to achieve success. Strive points out that most of these individuals were not extraordinary by nature but extraordinary by action."
"The true alchemy of Strive is that it combines, great storytelling, great anecdotes, and some pretty profound insights. No question Scott Amyx′s key takeaway is to get comfortable being uncomfortable or perhaps find yourself a different journey. Learning to live perpetually outside your comfort zone is perhaps a condition precedent for success the special sauce for cooking up ideas that will change the world."
Tribeca Film Festival
"Strive teaches us to embrace discomfort and achieve success in this exponentially changing world."
Winning at Life
1 Strive 1
Popular Beliefs About Success Are Profoundly Wrong Strive for Real, Lasting Success
2 Are You Passionate Enough? 13
Passion and Success: What Is the Connection?
Passion Without Innate Abilities
Passion Without Knowledge and Experience
Passion Without Economic Gain
Artistic Success: Get the Picture?
Famous by 30 or Bust!
Invest Your Money for Art School Get an MBA
3 Practice and Opportunity 33
The Practice of Practice
Youth Sports: Gateway to Success?
Unequal Success Among the Equally Qualified
Unequal Opportunity Versus You
Brazil: Rising Above Race and Class
4 Are You Special? 51
The Idea That Only Exceptional People Become
Successful Is Wrong
Flight: Doing It Wright
Power, Money, and Failure
The Power of Being Nobody Special
You Can Achieve Greatness, Regardless of Who You Are
5 The Secret Things 69
The Idea That Successful People Have Hidden Advantages Is a Lie
Lucky in Life?
That Sinking Feeling
Lucky Lottery Winners?
The Impact of External Circumstances
Many Advantages, No Success
Ursula Burns, Risk Taker
The Real Hidden Advantage
6 Disrupt Yourself 87
Use Self–Disruption to Attain Success
Disrupting the Body: Building Muscle
Disrupting the Individual
Shooting for the Stars
The Power of O
Reinventing Your Business
Disrupting Your Nation
7 Abandoning Your Comfort Zone 109
Comfort Zone Versus Twilight Zone
Risk–Taking Impacts the World
Journey to America: In Search of Religious
Personal Risk, Incredible Growth
Into the Light
8 When the Going Gets Tough 127
Pairing Risk with Perseverance Is Necessary for Your Ultimate Success
Staying the Path, Eyes Ahead
Insights Help You Reassess Your Goals
The Blind Man Riding on the Back of a Blind Tiger
A Cinderella Story
Insights Help You Persevere
Taking the Long View and the Long Road
Coming from Nowhere, Going Somewhere
Fail Again and Again
Into the Heart of Darkness
9 Verify and Magnify Your Success 145
Periodically Check to See If You Are Meeting
Goals and Stretching Yourself to Achieve Success
Quantification of Outcomes
Are You Coasting?
Magnify Your Success
The Platform Effect
10 Enhance Yourself 163
Success Without Self–Care Is Failure
Hacking the Body By Any Means?
Busy = Better?
Good Health Do You Measure Up?
Boost Your Brainpower
Stress, Rest, and Your Brain
Meditation Can Rewire Your Brain For Good
Some Final Words
Your Personal Journey to Success Will Be Entirely
Should Success Be Measured Only by Money, Status, and Power?
The Ethics of Strive
Striving, for Life