The School of Greatness

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on October 27, 2015

in Reviews

I received an advanced copy of The School of Greatness as a member of the launch team for the book; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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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. He’s now a leader in the entrepreneurial community, after creating 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 – John Maxwell, Gabrielle Reece, and Gretchen Rubin to name a few – share their own journeys towards greatness, sharing lessons they’ve learned along the way.

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:

  1. Create a Vision
  2. Turn Adversity into Advantage
  3. Cultivate a Champion’s Mind-set
  4. Develop Hustle
  5. Master Your Body
  6. Practice Positive Habits
  7. Build a Winning Team
  8. 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 the meat of each lesson, he shares stories from his own life and from the people he’s engaged with that bring this lesson to life through their personal experiences. They are easy to understand life lessons coupled with actionable advice that 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 and the lessons I most need to learn right now to grow. What resonates with me today may not be as powerful in a year, but that’s a good thing. I loved the chapter on how to cultivate a champion’s mind-set. Success begins internally, with 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. While 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. But, you have to take the time to actually complete the exercises, to think critically, to 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 who captures the reader from the first pages. He has worked tirelessly to discover his personal greatness, and the lessons he shares in the book are certain to help you travel down the same path, 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, that I know I’ll re-read often over the years to come.

5 out of 5 stars.

Book 21 of 52 read in 2015 (see the full list).

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Carla October 28, 2015 at 9:06 am

this book is next on my reading list after I finish Brene Brown’s latest.
Can’t. Wait.
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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. October 31, 2015 at 11:25 am

Can’t wait to hear what you think, Carla!

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Michelle November 3, 2015 at 1:32 pm

Just added this to my TBR list!
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