What's Stopping You?

What's Stopping You? : Why Smart People Don't Always Reach Their Potential and How You Can

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A practical guide to attacking the most common of phobias: fear of failure A practical guide to attacking the most common of phobias: fear of failure Since its publication in 2011, What's Stopping You? has offered readers a hard look at the quality of their careers and personal lives. For those who'd give themselves a solid "C+", this brutally honest guide to taking stock also offers the keys to self-improvement. By dismantling the fear inhibiting all achievement fear of failure author Robert Kelsey offers a set of seven steps designed to help readers map out their actions, and attain what once seemed elusive milestones. Written for the frustrated underachiever or anyone who feels like one, this unique book addresses can the real obstacles hindering both professional and personal growth.
* Includes a new chapter with tactics for overcoming a fear of failure * Explores methods for dealing with different types of people in a host of situations, such as getting a new job, pitching for new work, making presentations, or communicating clearly in an argument With a Foreword by one of Britain's most successful businessman, Luke Johnson, this unique handbook to overcoming the most basic of fears is a must for anyone who would like to upgrade the quality of their life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 133 x 230 x 17mm | 350g
  • Capstone Publishing Ltd
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2nd Edition
  • 0857083074
  • 9780857083074
  • 309,190

Table of contents

Preface to the Second Edition ix Foreword by Luke Johnson xiii Introduction 1 Part One - What is Stopping You? 9 1 Fear 11 2 External Responses 28 3 Failure as a Positive Experience 43 4 Producing Better Responses 54 Part Two - Goals 61 5 Act 63 6 Visualization 72 7 Language and Behaviour 87 8 Appropriate Goal Setting for Recovering High-FFs 98 Part Three - Execution 107 9 Strategy and Tactics 109 10 Judgement and Ideas 123 11 Managing the Process 132 What s Stopping You? Part Four - People 149 12 Self-esteem 151 13 Dealing with the Boss 163 14 Progress as an Employee 172 15 Networking and Interviews 181 16 Leadership 194 Part Five - Me Inc. 209 17 The High-FF Entrepreneur 211 18 Alternative Paths for the High-FF 220 Conclusion - The Point of Recovery 233 Seven Steps to Navigating Fear of Failure 241 Bibliography 247 About Robert Kelsey 253 Index 255
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Review Text

'Commonsensical advice for the intelligent reader' (Management Today, June 2012)
'A good book to dip in and out of if you have a fear of failure or have confidence issues....a fluent, readable style'. (Talk Business, August 2012)
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'Commonsensical advice for the intelligent reader (Management Today, June 2012) 'A good book to dip in and out of if you have a fear of failure or have confidence issues .a fluent, readable style . (Talk Business, August 2012) This book will resonate with anyone, from student to senior manager, who doubts their ability or worries that they are not capable or could achieve more with the opportunities that have been presented to them. (Nursing Times, February 2016)
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About Robert Kelsey

Robert Kelsey is author of Capstone's bestselling What's Stopping You? exploring why smart people failed to reach their potential. He has gone on to sell over 64,000 copies across three What's Stopping You? titles.
Robert Kelsey is CEO of Moorgate Communications, a financial PR agency, and was previously CEO of Metrocube, a start-up incubator located in London's fashionable "City-fringes". He trained as a financial journalist before becoming an investment banker and a now an entrepreneur, running his successful PR agency.
Yet Kelsey remains and perennial outsider. From a rebellious childhood to an adulthood of pursuing a series of unsuitable careers, he has had a lifetime of failing to settle into any group activities, yet lacking the confidence, guile or know-how to profitably "rebel". Kelsey has developed an enormous insight into both the root causes of alienation and the all-encompassing negative consequences.
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