Peak Performance

Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success
by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness | 240 pages

Brad Stulberg is a writer focused on health and the science of human performance. (Amy Cuddy calls him her favorite health and science writer.) Steve Magness is a coach to some of the top distance runners in the world. Together, they’ve written a super-engaging, quick-reading book on how to pursue growth in a healthy, sustainable way—aka, without burning out. Big Ideas we explore include the secret equation of sustainable awesome (Stress + Rest = Growth), just-manageable challenges, the iPhone Effect Part 3 (aka how to decrease your productivity in one step!), the optimal work/rest ratio, and the paradoxical twist of fulfillment.


“What started out as a two-person support group morphed into a close friendship founded upon a shared interest in the science of performance. We became curious: Is healthy, sustainable peak performance possible? If so, how? What’s the secret? What, if any, are the principles underlying great performance? How can people like us—which is to say, just about anyone—adopt them?

Consumed by these questions, we did what any scientist and journalist would do. We scoured the literature and spoke with countless great performers across various capabilities and domains—from mathematicians to scientists to artists to athletes—in search of answers. And like so many other reckless ideas conceived over a few glasses of alcohol, this book was born.

We can’t guarantee that reading this book will set you on a path to winning Olympic gold, painting the next masterpiece, or breaking ground in mathematical theory. Genetics play an unfortunately undeniable role in all of those things. What we can guarantee, however, is that reading this book will help you nurture your nature so that you can maximize your potential in a healthy and sustainable way.”

~ Brad Stulberg & Steve Magness from Peak Performance

Brad Stulberg is a writer focused on health and the science of human performance. (Amy Cuddy calls him her favorite health and science writer.)

Steve Magness is a coach to some of the top distance runners in the world.

Together, they’ve written a super-engaging, quick-reading book on how to pursue growth in a healthy, sustainable way—aka, without burning out.

I really enjoyed it—it’s kinda like a mashup of Peak and The Power of Full Engagement—bringing together the science of greatness with the science of energy management.

(Then throw in some Deep Work and Mindset and The Upside of Stress. Plus a little Willpower and Flow and Creativity and The War of Art and we’re there. :)

If you’re super driven and prone to burnout (notice how the two go together?) I think you’ll also enjoy the book. (Get a copy here.)

I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas so let’s jump straight in!

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About the authors

Authors

Brad Stulberg

Researcher, writer, speaker, and coach on health and the science of human performance.
Authors

Steve Magness

Performance coach, author, and lecturer.