My Take on a Book Review #7 – The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes

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This book was recommended to me by a few people, and it was also referenced in a few other books I’ve read.  So it was definitely high on my list…and it didn’t disappoint!

He’s also got a great podcast where he interviews some amazing people, and a website where you can learn more about his story, see his books, and obtain other information.

There are 8 chapters each devoted to help you become your greatest self.  At the end of each chapter he provides practical exercises to do based on that chapter.  He shares stories about some amazing people he’s met over the years from Olympians to people who’ve overcome major obstacles to be successful in life.

Here’s a couple of my quick takeaways from each chapter:

  1. Create a vision – this is about clearly defining what you want (your goals) & who you want to be (your dreams).  “You become what you envision yourself being”.
  2. Turn adversity into an advantage – This is my favourite quote from this chapter “To be good at something requires talent, vision, & action.  Greatness is what remains when that talent & vision meet adversity…& persist in the face of it”.  Adversity gives you opportunities to figure out what is not working and how to make it work.
  3. Cultivate a champion’s mindset – “Our inner voice – our belief in ourselves – is what determines our mindset.  And our way of thinking sets us up for failure or success”.   Gratitude journals are discussed, knowing your strengths and weaknesses (so you can work on your weaknesses), and having honest people around you that will help you foster your champion’s mindset.
  4. Develop hustle – “If you want to be the best, you have to do things other people aren’t willing to do”.  Some things that hold people back from hustling are the fear of looking bad, the fear of failure, the fear of success.  You need to genuinely put yourself out there.
  5. Master your body – Sleep!  If you want to make a change, then something has to be different than you’re doing now in order to get better/different results.  For the acronym lovers out there here’s a good one to find out what’s MISSING in your life:
    • Minerals
    • Inflammation
    • Stress
    • Sleep
    • Inhalation (deep breathing)
    • Nutrient density
    • Gut health
  6. Practice positive habits – the obvious ones (smoking, drinking, poor eating habits), the non-obvious ones (jealousy, anger, ego, smart financial decisions, respect).  When you meet successful people observe which positive habits have made them successful (he describes some of the positive habits the wealthiest people in the world have)
  7. Build a winning team – “You’ll never outperform your inner circle.  If you want to achieve outer success, improve your inner circle”.  All people on the team need to work towards the same direction/goal.
  8. Live a life of service – Get involved in giving back.  Find something that you can really support, something that you genuinely care about and find ways to support it.  Monetary, with your time, your resources, your expertise…anything!  You will feel so great!

This was really a great book!  Easy to read, not that long (240 pages), and LOTS of practical tips/exercises in each chapter to help you live your best life and be GREAT!





Author: thehealthylifesaver

I have been a paramedic for 17 years and over the years I have seen unhealthy lifestyle habits and many injuries to coworkers and friends. I have a passion for the health, wellness, and career longevity of Paramedics and decided to start a blog to promote these qualities. I hope to start a change in our physically and mentally demanding profession of paramedicine towards taking better care of ourselves.

One thought on “My Take on a Book Review #7 – The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes”

  1. Chapter one, creating that vision. We certainly know what we don’t want and find it so hard to really define what we do want. I have always believed that when you have chapter one defined, the rest of the chapters fall into place. Good tips and reminders. Thanks for the review!


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