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Strive: How Doing The Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success



Strive: How Doing The Things Most Uncomfortable Leads to Success

Scott Amyx

ISBN: 978-1-119-38727-5 March 2018 224 Pages

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Has success eluded you, no matter how hard you try?

Are you frustrated by trying to achieve your dreams by copying others? Internationally-acclaimed speaker and founder of the cutting-edge venture capital Amyx Ventures, Scott Amyx reveals how you can attain real success in your life, your way. His theory of Strive is a challenge to the conventional wisdom that has held so many people back from achieving their goals and enjoying lasting happiness.  Scott rose from obscure poverty to globe-trotting success, and he invites you to share in his journey by adopting a new mindset towards your personal challenges: embrace them.  Scott shows you how through stories of the most unlikely individuals who embraced difficult personal change to become outrageously successful. He helps you take stock of your own habits and practices to identify how your routine and misconceptions are holding you back. Fascinating insights from throughout history up through today’s cutting-edge research show how embracing discomfort fuels lasting success.

Shape your life in new, exciting ways. You can have control over your career, your outlook, your actions, and your priorities. This book helps you get a fresh start to begin building the successful life you want.

  • Discover what really drives success---and how conventional wisdom is wrong
  • Clearly identify your own personal challenges---and how to overcome them
  • Delve into the latest research on high performance to create a better you
  • Learn how high-achievers approach challenge, change, and success

Strive is an unconventional approach to attaining your dreams because it takes what makes you unique and turns it to your advantage. Have you been duped by common myths of success? Are you disappointed by the constant struggle in life?  Scott reveals how only you have the power to change your trajectory. Strive is your handbook for getting comfortable with discomfort, embracing and enjoying new challenges, and achieving real, lasting success.

Introduction ix

Winning at Life

1 Strive 1

Popular Beliefs About Success Are Profoundly Wrong Strive for Real, Lasting Success

2 Are You Passionate Enough? 13

Passion Plays

Passion and Success: What Is the Connection?

Passion Without Innate Abilities

Passion Without Knowledge and Experience

Passion Without Economic Gain

Artistic Success: Get the Picture?

Famous by 30 or Bust!

Invest Your Money for Art School—Get an MBA

3 Practice and Opportunity 33

The Practice of Practice

Youth Sports: Gateway to Success?

Unequal Success Among the Equally Qualified

Unequal Opportunity Versus You

Brazil: Rising Above Race and Class

Rising Above

4 Are You Special? 51

The Idea That Only Exceptional People Become

Successful Is Wrong

Flight: Doing It “Wright”

Power, Money, and Failure

The Power of Being Nobody Special

You Can Achieve Greatness, Regardless of Who You Are

5 The Secret Things 69

The Idea That Successful People Have Hidden Advantages Is a Lie

Lucky in Life?

That Sinking Feeling

Lucky Lottery Winners?

The Impact of External Circumstances

Many Advantages, No Success

Ursula Burns, Risk Taker

The Real Hidden Advantage

6 Disrupt Yourself 87

Use Self-Disruption to Attain Success

Disrupting the Body: Building Muscle

Disrupting the Individual

Shooting for the Stars

The Power of O

Reinventing Your Business

Disrupting Your Nation

Starting Successfully

7 Abandoning Your Comfort Zone 109

Risk It

Comfort Zone Versus Twilight Zone

Risk-Taking Impacts the World

Journey to America: In Search of Religious


Risky Business


Personal Risk, Incredible Growth

Into the Light

8 When the Going Gets Tough 127

Pairing Risk with Perseverance Is Necessary for Your Ultimate Success

Staying the Path, Eyes Ahead

Insights Help You Reassess Your Goals

The Blind Man Riding on the Back of a Blind Tiger

A Cinderella Story

Insights Help You Persevere

Taking the Long View and the Long Road

Coming from Nowhere, Going Somewhere

Fail Again and Again

Into the Heart of Darkness

Passion Play

9 Verify and Magnify Your Success 145

Periodically Check to See If You Are Meeting

Goals and Stretching Yourself to Achieve Success


Personal Growth

Quantification of Outcomes

Are You Coasting?

Magnify Your Success

The Magnifier

The Platform Effect

Network Effects

Now What?

10 Enhance Yourself 163

Success Without Self-Care Is Failure

Hacking the Body—By Any Means?


Future You

Busy = Better?

Good Health—Do You Measure Up?

Boost Your Brainpower

Stress, Rest, and Your Brain

Meditation Can Rewire Your Brain—For Good

Some Final Words

Epilogue 185

Your Personal Journey to Success Will Be Entirely


Should Success Be Measured Only by Money, Status, and Power?

The Ethics of Strive

Striving, for Life

Striving Together

Index 203