The Book

The Book

Personal Best

How ordinary people achieve extraordinary success and how you can too

Personal Best is the distilled wisdom of more than two hundred leaders, thinkers, CEOs and high achievers from around the world. All royalties go to our charity partner.



 

Overview

Personal Best provides key insights and lessons from global achievers to assist you to reach your full potential in business and in life. After two years of research, interviewing and testing the methods of leaders in business, sports, science, politics and management, Personal Best has been completed to serve as a powerful self-empowerment tool, that gives you not only an understanding of the characteristics of successful people, but direct, easy-to-implement strategies that you can employ to positively impact your life.

The book offers practical advice on what works and what does not. As well as gaining an understanding of the tactics employed by those that have achieved notable success, you will also begin to understand why you do what you do, what your drivers are and how you can harness your mindset to make quantum leaps forward in any area of your life.

Personal Best:
  • The myth of natural talent and why intelligent action will win every time.
  • The secret power strategies that have worked for the world’s most successful CEOs, greatest athletes and leaders.
  • How to rid yourself of the fears that stop you getting what you want.
  • Understand the one area in your life you must be clear about, if you are to reach your potential.

The ethos of Personal Best is that each of us, by making minor, incremental improvements, can bring about massive change quickly and sustainably. Your life is about private and personal victories, and if you commit to continuous improvement, you will make progress and gain pride in the personal success of having done something you have never achieved before. If you can do a bit more, be it in the work place, or within the home, if you strive just to be better than you were before, your life will open up and progress more than you can imagine. This commitment to being your Personal Best can be the cornerstone to incredible achievement.

Content

Personal Best the book will:

  • Provide direct quotes and stories from those who have succeeded
  • Give a simple, structured approach to personal and career achievement
  • Show the four strategies that readers can model to make huge leaps in their life.

By understanding and following the guidance given in Personal Best, readers will be able to:

    • Identify their true purpose and passion in life
    • Understand the most important attitudes, principles, and skills shown by high achievers
    • Learn effective ways of identifying their personal niche and become better at what they do consistently.
Contributors

Personal Best would not exist had it not been for the time and insights of a large number of contributors who agreed to share their philosophies. Although some prefer to remain anonymous, I thank them all for their contributions and I am indebted to those listed below, who for no other reason than they felt that their ideas might benefit others, gave up their time and dedicated their minds to assisting in building the central themes of this book.

Sir Chris Evans Biotech Entrepreneur Sir Frank Williams Founder, Williams Grand Prix
Sir George Buckley Chairman and CEO, 3M Lord Michael Ashcroft Former Chairman, ADT
Cary Cooper Singer/Songwriter Nigel Evans MP, Deputy Speaker
Charles Wigoder CEO, Utility Warehouse PLC Nirmalya Kumar Author, Professor of Marketing, London Business School
Sir Tom Farmer Founder, Kwik Fit Group Lord Redesdale Chairman, Carbon Management Association
Ron G Holland Entrepreneur & Author Lord Robin Butler
Mike Duke CEO Wal-mart Trevor Baylis Inventor
Chris Guillbeau Author of Non Conformity Noel Grealish Irish TD
Chris Rennard Former CEO, Liberal Party Sir George Buckley Chairman and CEO, 3M
Lord Harris Chairman, Carpetright PLC Lord Mackay Former Lord Chancellor
Lord Michael Ashcroft Former Chairman, ADT Cary Cooper Singer/Songwriter
Nigel Evans MP, Deputy Speaker Charles Wigoder CEO, Utility Warehouse PLC
Nirmalya Kumar Author, Professor of Marketing, London Business School Sir Tom Farmer Founder, Kwik Fit Group
Lord Redesdale Chairman, Carbon Management Association Ron G Holland Entrepreneur & Author
Lord Robin Butler Mike Duke CEO Wal-mart
Trevor Baylis Inventor Chris Guillbeau Author of Non Conformity
Noel Grealish Irish TD Chris Rennard Former CEO, Liberal Party
Paddy Ashdown Former Liberal Party Leader Baron Giles Radice
Lynne Sedgmore Executive Director, 157 Group Baroness Pauline Perry
Mark Emalfarb CEO, Dyadic Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE Neuroscientist
Mark Turner CEO, OC Group and Team MacArthur Craig Sams Founder, Green & Blacks Chocolate
Paul Dunn Co-Founder, B1G1 Dan Henry CEO, Netspend
Paul Flynn MP David Alton, Lord Liverpool Human rights campaigner and author
Bernie Siegel Author and healer Martin Dunphy CEO, Marlin Capital
Flemming Biligaard Pedersen CEO Ramboll & European CEO of the Year Maureen O’Sullivan TD, Irish Parliament
Dave Scott Six times World Ironman Champion and First Hall of Fame Inductee Michael Meacher MP
Paul Kehoe Minister of Transport Ireland David Meerman Scott Author and CEO, Freshspot
Pete Cowen Golf Coach to Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood and Padraig Harrington David Novak CEO, Yum
Bob Kaplan Author and Professor, Harvard Business School Michael Smurfit Chairman, Smurfit Group
Brad Feld CEO, Foundry Group Mike Gooley Founder, Trailfinders PLC
Brian Bacon CEO, Oxford Leadership Neil Kinnock Former Labour Leader
Rachel Elnaugh Entrepreneur and Dragon’s Den Star Robert Edminston Chairman, IM Group
Deborah Myer CMO, Pulte Group Roger Smith CEO, OBN Holdings
Brianna Glenn Athlete, USA Nick Friedman CEO, College Hunks Hauling Junk
Bruce Perlowin Entrepreneur and CEO, Marijuana Inc Nick Jenkins Director, Hansei Australia
Mark Allen Six times World Ironman Champion Nigel Dessau CMO, AMD
Doug Smith CEO, Interim Partners Ron Hill Olympian and former Marathon world record holder
Dr. Gerard Lyons Chief Economist, Standard Chartered Bank Shama Kabani Author of Marketing Zen
Finian McGrath TD, Irish Parliament Simon Clifford Founder, Brazilian Soccer Schools
Frank McKinney Bestselling author and real estate rockstar Simon Tucker CEO, SRT PLC
Indro Mukerjee CEO, Plastic Logic Alan Edwards CEO, Outside Organisation
James Chartand Founder, Men with Pens Ali Lukies CEO, Monitise PLC
Jim Fleeting Director, Scottish Football Association Anne Handley Founder, Marketing Profs
Joasia Zakrzewski Ultra runner and World Medallist Christian Bergmann CEO Alegro Capital
John Adair Chair, United Nations Strategic Leadership Teresa Amabile Author & Professor of Business Harvard Business School
John Redwood MP, former Secretary of State for Wales Tom Chapman Founder, Matches Fashion
Julian Richer CEO, Richer Sounds Tony Fernandes CEO, Air Asia
Carl Elsener CEO, Victorinix Tony Hsieh CEO, Zappos
Ken Maginnis, Lord Drumglass Lord Selkirk
Lewis Howes Author Viscount Ellis
Lord Adam Patel Entrepreneur Zac Johnson Affiliate marketer
Lord Brian McKenzie Abhishek Rungta CEO, Indus Net Technologies

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