The School of Greatness
I received an advanced copy of The School of Greatness as a member of the launch team for the book; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s no secret that I have a slight obsession with podcasts, and one of my longtime favorites is “The School of Greatness” with Lewis Howes. After an injury ended his career as a professional athlete, Lewis found himself in debt and living on his sister’s couch. Now, he is a leader in the entrepreneurial community. Lewis created a multi-million dollar business, in which he is striving to help others discover and achieve their own personal greatness. The “teachers” on his podcast share their own journeys towards greatness, sharing lessons they’ve learned along the way. A few influential names you’ll hear from are John Maxwell, Gabrielle Reece, and Gretchen Rubin.
About the Book
Lewis used the lessons he’s learned from podcast guests, mentors, influencers, and his own life experiences to develop his book The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy. As a fan of the podcast, I had high expectations for the book and Lewis knocked it out of the park. Grand slam home run. Over the course of eight chapters, he shares the framework that will guide you towards unleashing your own personal greatness:
- Create a Vision
- Turn Adversity into Advantage
- Cultivate a Champion’s Mind-set
- Develop Hustle
- Master Your Body
- Practice Positive Habits
- Build a Winning Team
- Be of Service to Others
Each chapter begins with a grounding statement, where he shares his intention for the chapter, and ends with exercises for you as the reader to complete and a coaching tip. In each lesson, he shares stories from his own life and from the people he’s engaged with over the years. Those real life stories and personal experiences help to bring the chapter’s lesson to life. They are easy to understand life lessons which are coupled with actionable advice. This book will leave you encouraged and inspired to pursue greatness in your own life.
As with any personal development book, some lessons resonated with me more than others. I see it as a reflection of where I’m at on my personal journey as well as the lessons I most need to learn right now to grow. What resonates with me today may not be as powerful in a year, and that’s a good thing because I see it as a sign of growth and development. I loved the chapter on how to cultivate a champion’s mind-set because of my own efforts as an athlete. Success begins internally, and furthermore, it requires a strong sense of belief in oneself. As someone who often struggles with self-doubt, this chapter was a powerful reminder.
When you start to believe in the gifts you have within you, you are already halfway to becoming great. To do this, you must accept where you are currently along your journey and understand that if you are not happy, you have the power to change it.
For whatever aspect of your life it is that you want to take to the next level, The School of Greatness is an incredibly worthwhile read. The content is powerful and motivating. The exercises at the end of each chapter are the tools that hold the potential for you to discover your greatness. They will allow the you the opportunity to think about what you want out of your business, health, relationships, or any other aspect of life, but more importantly, the why and how of those dreams. For the book to have the most impact, you have to take the time to complete the exercises. You will need to think critically and put in the elbow grease necessary for greatness.
A powerful vision emerges when we couple our dreams with a clear set of goals.
Lewis is an extraordinarily engaging personality, as he captures the reader’s attention from the first pages. He has worked tirelessly to discover his personal greatness. The lessons he shares in the book will help you travel down the same path. However, that is only true if you’re willing to do the work to make your dreams a reality. This is one of those books that I not only love so much, but found so useful. I know I’ll re-read often over the years to come because of the impact it and the podcast have already made on my journey.
5 out of 5 stars.
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